Film Reviews and Commentary

MISE EN SEAN – Welcome to Me (2014)

Sean Hanson

May 22nd, 2015

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Alice Klieg wakes up every day at 12:15 p.m., an old television the only source of light in her pitch-black room. She gets up, checks her voicemail, ignores their contents, pops in a videotape ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Tatsuya Goto

May 18th, 2015

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Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria is a complex meditation on subjects such as Life, Death, Aging, and Relationships between close associates (both of the opposite and the same gender). It ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Northwest Animation Festival 2015

Tatsuya Goto

May 11th, 2015

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Rejoice! Northwestern Animation Festival returns to Eugene this week to showcase some of the most exciting animated films from all over the world. Now, before introducing a few of the features ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – The Perfumed Nightmare (1977)

Tatsuya Goto

May 1st, 2015

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Kidlat Tahimik’s The Perfumed Nightmare is a wildly enchanting masterpiece, one of a kind in the truest sense of the word. It is truly magical, not only because the main protagonist, Kidlat, ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Norte, the End of History (2013)

Tatsuya Goto

April 30th, 2015

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Daydreamer’s Notebook: Norte, The End of the History (2013) Lav Diaz’s Norte, The End of the History is a film of great length and ambition. It is said to be based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Transit (2013)

Tatsuya Goto

April 26th, 2015

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What do you do if your host country suddenly decides to force you to part with your children by deporting them? This is the question Filipino director Hannah Espia confronts us with in her debut ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Tatsuya Goto

April 25th, 2015

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a gorgeous visual feat which singlehandedly legitimized Wuxia films beyond Asian audiences and Wuxia enthusiasts. Even though I enjoy it when the opportunity ......

MISE EN SEAN – DisOrient Asian American Film Festival

Sean Hanson

April 13th, 2015

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Local cinephiles will have the opportunity to see 29 films in three days once the annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival — one of only a handful of such festivals scheduled in North ......

MISE EN SEAN – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Sean Hanson

April 13th, 2015

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter begins with a degraded, refracted closeup of a fragment of Fargo’s famously dishonest true-story epigraph. Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) — depressed, possibly mentally ill, ......

MISE EN SEAN – Furious 7 (2015)

Sean Hanson

April 5th, 2015

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With each passing Fast and Furious sequel that kicks off the deluge of blockbusters and even bigger blockbusters, summer starts earlier and earlier. This year, then, April 3 was the ......