Film Reviews and Commentary

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Northwest Animation Festival

Tatsuya Goto

September 13th, 2014

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Northwest Animation Festival showcases some of the best animation films from around the globe, and the Bijou Metro is hosting the best of the best (14 films in total) on September 13. These ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – Only Yesterday (1991)

Tatsuya Goto

September 11th, 2014

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Yesterday, I outlined the main subject of this series, that is, Japan’s response to modernity, and how this theme affects the work of Studio Ghibli’s founders, Hayao Miyazaki and his colleague ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – Modernity, Japanese cinema and Studio Ghibli

Tatsuya Goto

September 10th, 2014

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Since the establishment of Imperial Japan in 1868, all aspects of Japanese life reflect the tension the Japanese experienced after their encounter with the West. Prior to 1868, Japan was secluded ...

MISE EN SEAN – Life After Beth (2014)

Sean Hanson

September 10th, 2014

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Shotgun? Sigh. Chainsaw? Yawn. Baseball bat? zzzzz … I’m so tired, so very tired, of zombies. They’ve been the standard horror metaphor for almost fifty years, and every possibility (and ......

MISE EN SEAN – Calvary (2014)

Sean Hanson

September 9th, 2014

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Calvary cold-opens in a confessional, where the lionesque Father James (Brendan Gleeson) receives a startling threat from a parishioner who vows retribution for his molestation at the hands of ......

MISE EN SEAN – Dazed and Confused (1993)

Sean Hanson

September 4th, 2014

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Screenwriting 101: Give your characters an arc, a conflict to resolve — growth! In two hours or less! I doubt Richard Linklater ever took Screenwriting 101. At the very least, he sold the ......

MY SUMMER WITH ALFRED – Frenzy (1972)

Sean Hanson

September 2nd, 2014

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Halfway through Frenzy, Alfred Hitchcock’s penultimate film, there is a pair of shots that demonstrate what he could convey through the formal elements of film. In the first, he uses a whip zoom ......

MACRO CINEMATIC – Fostering a Film Community: Linklater and the Lone Star State

Mary Erickson

August 28th, 2014

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Austin, Texas, has been home to a number of filmmakers over the years, many of whom have become well-known on the national and international stage, such as Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy ......

MY SUMMER WITH ALFRED – Le boucher (1970)

Sean Hanson

August 27th, 2014

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When Le boucher begins, the schoolteacher Hélène (Stéphane Audran) and the butcher Popaul (Jean Yanne) are two guests at a wedding. We do not know them, but they seem to know each other. ......

BIJOU FROM BEYOND – The Thing (1982)

Sean Hanson

August 22nd, 2014

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At some point, I’m going to have to come to terms with an uncomfortable truth: Equally appreciating horror flicks and the art of film criticism is sort of like being best friends with two people ......