Random Thoughts (and Theories) About Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name
Makoto Shinkai’s latest is a thoughtful, winsome, and visually gorgeous film.
Still Walking by Hirokazu Koreeda (Review)
Still Walking explores family drama with grace, and never once slips into Hollywood melodrama.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird by Kim Ji-Woon (Review)
Kim Ji-woon’s “kimchi western” is all about style as substance.
Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda (Review)
Summer Wars adroitly balances sci-fi geekiness, technology-focused social commentary, and family melodrama.
13 Assassins by Takashi Miike (Review)
I love the idea of a Takashi Miike samurai film, but 13 Assassins just doesn’t live up to its promise.
Ping Pong by Fumihiko Sori (Review)
Yes, there’s lots of ping pong, but also a surprisingly nuanced exploration of the thin line between friendship and rivalry.
Ashes of Time Redux by Wong Kar-Wai (Review)
I’ve yet to see a Wong film that didn’t impress me on some level, but I’ll admit it was difficult to make it through Ashes of Time.
The Sky Crawlers by Mamoru Oshii (Review)
Mamoru Oshii’s films are usually more satisfying and challenging than this.
The Call of Cthulhu by Andrew Leman (Review)
A simply brilliant adaptation of one of the most classic horror stories of all time.
Manos: The Hands of Fate Is (Not) a Bad Movie
What kind of “bad-ness” are we really talking about here?
Vexille by Fumihiko Sori (Review)
Vexille’s CGI strives for powerful sci-fi storytelling but frequently lands in the uncanny valley.
JCVD by Mabrouk El Mechri (Review)
Part semi-autobiography, part self-exorcism, part post-modern narrative, and a career rejuvenation for Van Damme.