Wednesday, December 18 2013
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.
Sunday, January 8 2012
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.
Sunday, August 21 2011
Pushing boundaries seems to be the thread that ties the directors of our seventh day together. From Japanese innovators to Italian iconclasts and Polish provocateurs, the directors that fall between Kenji Mizoguchi and the man who was perhaps India's greatest visual storyteller, Satyajit Ray, all push the form in incredible, surprising ways.
Thursday, August 15 2013
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.
Thursday, April 4 2013
This film would retain its beauty even if the print were dragged through the mud.
Monday, July 2 2007
Despite his dissatisfaction, that so much of the film works magnificently is evidence of Mizoguchi 's hard driving perfectionism.
Wednesday, December 14 2011
Another great Japanese auteur gets one of his lesser known 'gems' reconsidered in this installment's cinematic back and forth