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Jan. & Feb. 2015 at TCM's Movie Morlocks

Links to my writing at TCM’s official Movie Morlocks blog in January & February.

Excerpt: “I know what you’re thinking. 832 more words

Movie Reviews

Film Screening: Rashomon (1950)

“The simplicity of the idea disguises its serious intent. What is truth?

In medieval Japan, a wealthy traveller is killed in the forest. A local bandit is picked up and charged with his murder. 119 more words


Satō Tadao's best documentaries of all time

Satō Tadao is without any doubt one of the most renowed film critics and theorists living and working in Japan today with a career spanning more than 50 years, a scholar also known and respected in the West through the translations of his writing and some of his books. 241 more words

Best Documentaries

Why Don't You Play In Hell?

The Hawks mantra on what a good film should
Have in terms of quality of scenes*
Is odd applied here; there’s some that’s good
One that’s great, and then all inbetween… 89 more words

Throwback Thursday: A Yakuza "Sonatine" (1993)

Moving from the Hollywood mythology of Russian gangsters in contemporary New York City — discussed in a previous post’s review of “John Wick” — we shift our attention to Takeshi Kitano’s more dramatic but no less violent world of gangsters in Japan. 844 more words


Japanese documentary of the week vol. 1 - Impressions of a Sunset (Suzuki Shiroyasu,1975)

I’ll start today a new feature – Japanese documentary of the week – a weekly and very short post to introduce an important work of non-fiction cinema, or at least a documentary that I believe is worth seeing and discovering. 253 more words


Some new dvd releases announced by the BFI for the Spring


      DVD – £19.99   BLU RAY – £19.99
Credited with bringing Japanese cinema to worldwide audiences, Rashômon was
filmmaking giant Akira Kurosawa’s breakthrough film and the one that cemented the… 1,350 more words

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