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The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013
18 Dec 2013 // 8:14 PM
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.
The Best DVDs of 2011
8 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM
With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.
Kenji Mizoguchi and the Cinema of Obfuscation
31 Oct 2016 // 3:30 AM
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum invites us in, then makes us uncomfortable. This is the cinema of denial.
The Bette Davis of Japan and Her Performance in 'The Life of Oharu'
15 Aug 2013 // 5:10 PM
Kinuyo Tanaka faithfully portrays different aspects Oharu – pride, vanity, sensitivity, despondency, impetuousness, devout motherhood, and lust – in a manner that is both kaleidoscopic yet realistic.
ReFramed 16: Kenji Mizoguchi's 'The Crucified Lovers' (1954)
14 Dec 2011 // 1:00 AM
Another great Japanese auteur gets one of his lesser known 'gems' reconsidered in this installment's cinematic back and forth