Like Sunday, Like Rain (Whaley, 2014)


The unusual chemistry between them is passable, if again, not very remarkable. [Read more...]

Into the Woods (Marshall, 2014)


The cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. [Read more...]

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Sunada, 2013)

Hayao Miyazaki working on THE WIND RISES (© 2013 dwango)

An animator and director (Miyazaki), a second director (Isao Takahata), and a producer (Toshio Suzuki) met over thirty-five years ago and after a few collaborations which reached their apex in 1984 with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, they formed Studio Ghibli in 1985. [Read more...]

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events — 10 Years Later (Silberling, 2004)


If the upcoming Netflix series fails to do justice to the books, it will be sadly missed opportunity, but we’ll still have this film which is a worthwhile version of a children’s story about encountering tragedy which elucidates the nature of evil. (Elucidate is a big word meaning “to make clear.”) [Read more...]

Still the Water (Kawase, 2014)


In a film filled with contrasts, finding quiet by traveling into the eye of the storm is a central paradox. [Read more...]

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Frank, 2014)


Frank has scripted another solid screenplay for a tense thriller with good pacing, a high level of suspense, and a decent mystery. [Read more...]