What is the Warehouse?

Hey there, my name is Jonathan Leiter: also known as, FilmmakerJ

I’m a film student currently attending the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and am moving into my Senior year this coming Fall. As a filmmaker, I have always had a fondness for hundreds of different films, and have discovered so many that I’d like to share with others. But I also want to offer something that other reviewers and writers won’t necessarily do.

With that said, I’d like to welcome you to the Cinema Warehouse: where we specialize in Animated Features, Japanese Anime, Sci-fi and Fantasy, and all manner of weird and bizarre titles. The weirder the better. And of course when one wants to talk about the weird and bizarre, it almost always involves the discussion of the rare, the obscure, and the underrated: which is something I absolutely love about many of the films I cover.

While you’re here, you may notice that the majority of the reviews center on animated titles. This is no accident, as one of my biggest passions is all things animation. I do plan to cover certain live-action titles, especially those dating from the 1960s through the 80s and 90s. But I choose to write when the inspiration strikes me. So, for now, animation will remain the prime focus of this blog.

One of my most important goals here is to provide information for, and personal insight into the titles and series that I cover, that no other blog or website can provide. In fact, there are often many obscure titles, especially those from Japan, that have very little descriptive info written about them in English, and no easy way to corroborate details.. There are also certain large groups of titles, such as listings of all of the works of a particular studio or all the titles of a particular franchise, that are not covered in full and may not contain every related item. And so for those looking to learn all that they can, it can be very frustrating to find a definitive list or resource. Furthermore, I have been fortunate enough to stumble across many interesting connections between films and their creators: such as manga artist, Osamu Tezuka, being inspired by Betty Boop and Bambi to create the look for Astro Boy. And so, in the style of 6-Degrees of Kevin Bacon; I will also do my best to offer unusual and fascinating connection and relationship trivia to you as well.

Finally, I do not intend for this blog to be entirely formal. It is by-and-large a place of personal expression for me as well as an informative one for you. Meaning that not only will I try to describe the artistic merit, technical achievements, and writing quality of any given film; but I will also freely express my personal experience and emotions related to it. Because many of the films I will cover will be films that I grew up with, and some of them were seminal to who I am today.

I hope you will enjoy your time here.

And please feel free to suggest any film or series that you would like to see covered in the future. Thank you.