Bonus pick. I went to see The Artist at the beginning of March and thought of this gem. Everyone should see Singin’ in the Rain (1952), regardless of whether you typically enjoy musicals. Delightful, clever film

Bonus pick. I went to see The Artist at the beginning of March and thought of this gem. Everyone should see Singin’ in the Rain (1952), regardless of whether you typically enjoy musicals. Delightful, clever film

This movie. Holy hell. Norwegian Wood is an adaptation of the novel by Haruki Murakami. It is among my favorite books of all time. I went into this film by Anh Dung Tran, who also did The Scent of Green Papaya,expecting an average film at best. Beautiful cinematography, wonderful script, excellent acting and pacing. The film is in Japanese and all the direction was translated to the cast via an interpreter as the director speaks Vietnamese and French only. It’s rare that I’ve seen such realistic, vivid displays of emotions in any movie, and it made me incredibly happy that a novel that is so important to me captured that so well.

This movie. Holy hell. Norwegian Wood is an adaptation of the novel by Haruki Murakami. It is among my favorite books of all time. I went into this film by Anh Dung Tran, who also did The Scent of Green Papaya,expecting an average film at best. Beautiful cinematography, wonderful script, excellent acting and pacing. The film is in Japanese and all the direction was translated to the cast via an interpreter as the director speaks Vietnamese and French only. It’s rare that I’ve seen such realistic, vivid displays of emotions in any movie, and it made me incredibly happy that a novel that is so important to me captured that so well.

Stray Dog (1949) is a great piece of early Akira Kurosawa history. One of the first appearances of Toshirô Mifune in a film, he plays a rookie detective by the name of Murakami who gets his weapon stolen on a bus. Panicked, he searches the streets with the assistance of his superior attempting to track down the stolen weapon. The film is made remarkable by the wonderful use of shots of post-war Japan, devastated by bombs and bullets. 

Stray Dog (1949) is a great piece of early Akira Kurosawa history. One of the first appearances of Toshirô Mifune in a film, he plays a rookie detective by the name of Murakami who gets his weapon stolen on a bus. Panicked, he searches the streets with the assistance of his superior attempting to track down the stolen weapon. The film is made remarkable by the wonderful use of shots of post-war Japan, devastated by bombs and bullets. 

Just saw Coriolanus at Century Landmark, which despite the noise from Bally’s upstairs, was an excellent movie. Ralph Fiennes and John Logan do an excellent job of updating Shakespeare’s play to a modern setting. Unlike other adaptations of Shakespearian plays, it is not a total modernization, rather a current setting with Shakespeare’s dialogue. Set in “a place that calls itself Rome”, Ralph Fiennes plays Roman general Caius Martius Coriolanus who is known for being an excellent solider and leader, but an enemy to the people of his empire, stripping their liberties and disrespecting them. When it comes time for him to be elected office though, he must win the respect of the people. An excellent debut film from Ralph Fiennes, I certainly look forward to more of his work in the future.

Just saw Coriolanus at Century Landmark, which despite the noise from Bally’s upstairs, was an excellent movie. Ralph Fiennes and John Logan do an excellent job of updating Shakespeare’s play to a modern setting. Unlike other adaptations of Shakespearian plays, it is not a total modernization, rather a current setting with Shakespeare’s dialogue. Set in “a place that calls itself Rome”, Ralph Fiennes plays Roman general Caius Martius Coriolanus who is known for being an excellent solider and leader, but an enemy to the people of his empire, stripping their liberties and disrespecting them. When it comes time for him to be elected office though, he must win the respect of the people. An excellent debut film from Ralph Fiennes, I certainly look forward to more of his work in the future.

Stranger Than Paradise (1984) is Jim Jarmusch’s second feature length film and a damn good one for being so early in his career. The film follows a slacker, his slacker friend and his cousin who is visiting from Hungary and a road trip they take out of utter boredom. The black and white imagery in the movie is stunning, despite the subject matter being bleak and dull. The film is quiet, feels natural and moves at a nice, slow pace.

Stranger Than Paradise (1984) is Jim Jarmusch’s second feature length film and a damn good one for being so early in his career. The film follows a slacker, his slacker friend and his cousin who is visiting from Hungary and a road trip they take out of utter boredom. The black and white imagery in the movie is stunning, despite the subject matter being bleak and dull. The film is quiet, feels natural and moves at a nice, slow pace.

The Secret of Kells (2009) is a wonderful animated film that follows a young boy named Brendan who lives in an abbey, showing a fictionalized history of the famous Book of Kells. The world is created with meticulously drawn detail, which is breathtaking when compared to the typical computer generated fare that typically dominates the animated market. The fantastic illustrated world that was an obvious labor of love comes to life in this rare gem of a film.

The Secret of Kells (2009) is a wonderful animated film that follows a young boy named Brendan who lives in an abbey, showing a fictionalized history of the famous Book of Kells. The world is created with meticulously drawn detail, which is breathtaking when compared to the typical computer generated fare that typically dominates the animated market. The fantastic illustrated world that was an obvious labor of love comes to life in this rare gem of a film.

LARPing, or Live Action Role Play is an often vilified and misunderstood hobby, with the same negative connotations thrust upon it as are put on Dungeons & Dragons or other conventionally nerdy hobbies. Darkon (2006) follows meetings of the Darkon Wargaming Club, a large group of LARPers that meet near Baltimore several times a year. With foam weapons and handcrafted armor, the players do battle for a variety of fantasy kingdoms. The documentary is engrossing and interesting, shedding light on this hobby and exploring the ins and outs of those that play.

LARPing, or Live Action Role Play is an often vilified and misunderstood hobby, with the same negative connotations thrust upon it as are put on Dungeons & Dragons or other conventionally nerdy hobbies. Darkon (2006) follows meetings of the Darkon Wargaming Club, a large group of LARPers that meet near Baltimore several times a year. With foam weapons and handcrafted armor, the players do battle for a variety of fantasy kingdoms. The documentary is engrossing and interesting, shedding light on this hobby and exploring the ins and outs of those that play.

Terry Gilliam’s dystopian/science fiction/retro/ventilation conspiracy film Brazil (1985), is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen. Amazing cinematography, soundtracks, set pieces and acting serve to create a wonderfully immersive world full of hope and intrigue as we follow Sam Lowry throughout his world of bureaucratic hell. Viewers will find themselves as absorbed in the film as Sam himself is in his dreams.

Terry Gilliam’s dystopian/science fiction/retro/ventilation conspiracy film Brazil (1985), is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen. Amazing cinematography, soundtracks, set pieces and acting serve to create a wonderfully immersive world full of hope and intrigue as we follow Sam Lowry throughout his world of bureaucratic hell. Viewers will find themselves as absorbed in the film as Sam himself is in his dreams.

François Truffaut’s own childhood served as the inspiration for much of The 400 Blows (1959), in which a young boy with a troubled home life becomes a delinquent and petty criminal while attempting to obtain happiness in his otherwise bleak life. An amazing coming of age picture with very incredible shots. The circus sequence in particular stands out to me. This French New Wave classic will move you up until the incredible ending.

François Truffaut’s own childhood served as the inspiration for much of The 400 Blows (1959), in which a young boy with a troubled home life becomes a delinquent and petty criminal while attempting to obtain happiness in his otherwise bleak life. An amazing coming of age picture with very incredible shots. The circus sequence in particular stands out to me. This French New Wave classic will move you up until the incredible ending.

Charlie Chaplin’s film City Lights (1931) is a wonderful piece of silent film. A bright, well shot movie with a wonderful score that creates the feeling of watching an orchestral performance as opposed to a silent comedy. The Tramp at his most comical and endearing, telling one of the best love stories in cinema history.

Charlie Chaplin’s film City Lights (1931) is a wonderful piece of silent film. A bright, well shot movie with a wonderful score that creates the feeling of watching an orchestral performance as opposed to a silent comedy. The Tramp at his most comical and endearing, telling one of the best love stories in cinema history.