Film Reviews and Commentary

MISE EN SEAN – Wild Tales (2014)

Sean Hanson

April 4th, 2015

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The opening sequence of Wild Tales, a darkly comic anthology film that swept the Argentine Academy Awards before earning an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, sets the tone for what follows. ...

MISE EN SEAN – It Follows (2014)

Sean Hanson

March 27th, 2015

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It Follows is the kind of film that demands a second viewing. On the surface, this is a simultaneously novel and reverential story of some kind of demonic STD that passes from partner to partner ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – Leviathan (2014)

Tatsuya Goto

March 24th, 2015

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Daydreamer’s Notebook: Leviathan (2014) Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan is a cinema of considerable depth and scope with great complexity. At first look, the story appears quite straightforward, ......

MISE EN SEAN – What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Sean Hanson

March 15th, 2015

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Of the many great films playing locally in the post-Oscar wind-down, only one has the courage to ask the most important question of all: how would a vampire respond to a chore chart? That film, ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – The Imitation Game (2014)

Tatsuya Goto

February 27th, 2015

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The Imitation Game tells a story about the singular life of a British mathematician, a logician, a  celebrated codebreaker, the pioneer of modern computing, the first person who conceived of the ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – War, Peace, and the Unknown

Tatsuya Goto

February 16th, 2015

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The year 2013 was of immense importance to both Studio Ghibli and the world of animation film. Hayao Miyazaki completed The Wind Rises and announced his retirement from feature film making. ......

McDANIEL’S MOVIE MOMENTS – True Romance (1993)

Kyle McDaniel

February 14th, 2015

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In 1993, True Romance became the second Quentin Tarantino-penned film to hit the big screen. Hot off the success of the previous year’s Reservoir Dogs, True Romance premiered at a turning point ......

MISE EN SEAN – Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Sean Hanson

February 7th, 2015

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I hadn’t yet seen a Sergio Leone film when I first watched Kill Bill: Vol. 2, but after a childhood spent watching cartoons that spoofed shots and musical cues from The Good, the Bad and the ......

MISE EN SEAN – Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Sean Hanson

January 31st, 2015

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“You can take my word for it: your mother had it coming. When you grow up, if you still feel raw about it, I’ll be waiting.” —The Bride This line, delivered early in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, the ......

MISE EN SEAN – Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Sean Hanson

January 23rd, 2015

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Let’s get this out of the way: Inglourious Basterds is my favorite Quentin Tarantino film. He’s only 51, which means he probably has at least a dozen more movies ahead of him, but Inglourious ......