May 2005 Archives

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade by Yôji Yamada (Review)

A beautiful, nostalgic samurai film that often feels like a retread of The Twilight Samurai… which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Gunner Palace

Gunner Palace by Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein (Review)

The film presents a perspective on the Iraq war that is far removed from the talking heads.
The Son - Dardenne Brothers

The Son by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (Review)

As I continue to think about the film’s events, I’ve grown to appreciate it more and more.
Time of the Wolf

Time of the Wolf by Michael Haneke (Review)

Haneke seems to have a pretty dim view of humanity, if this film is any indication.
A Tale of Two Sisters

A Tale of Two Sisters by Kim Ji-Woon (Review)

Kim packs “A Tale of Two Sisters” with atmosphere and tension to spare.
Born to Fight

Born to Fight by Panna Rittikrai (Review)

This is a movie you watch purely for the sheer joy of gasping at one insane stunt after another.
Cutie Honey

Cutie Honey by Hideaki Anno (Review)

Silly, cheesy, and fluffy — and unashamedly so.
Cutie Honey

The Obligatory “Explaining the New Design” Post

Gunga Din - George Stevens

Gunga Din by George Stevens (Review)

I can see how the film would be epic at the time but it’s hard to look past the film’s dated-ness and timely flaws.
Michigan, Sufjan Stevens

Michigan by Sufjan Stevens (Review)

Stevens’ love for crafting beautiful, complex arrangements is still in full effect.
Italian - My Education

Italian by My Education (Review)

My Education still continues to evoke a strong response from me, which counts for something in a genre that has become increasingly glutted in recent years.
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu by Yasuhiro Takemoto (Review)

Skipping the fan service, this Full Metal Panic spin-off focuses on goofy humor.


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