Film Reviews and Commentary

MISE EN SEAN – From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Sean Hanson

January 17th, 2015

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As a general rule, I’m not too keen on horror-comedies. Of course, there are exceptions — Evil Dead 2, The Cabin in the Woods, You’re Next, last year’s Housebound — but they’re usually not scary ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – Ponyo (2008)

Tatsuya Goto

January 10th, 2015

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In the last article, I discussed the sense of loss that permeates Miyazaki’s work, and how it motivates his fantastic storytelling. As his ideal is set in a past that never existed, Miyazaki ......

MAGIC AND LOSS – Porco Rosso (1992)

Tatsuya Goto

January 3rd, 2015

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In the last article from November, I discussed the changed attitude toward modernity of Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli. In Spirited Away, Miyazaki stopped short of calling for ......

Q&A – Kate Sullivan, Lane Community College

Sean Hanson

December 28th, 2014

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Film Genre: Horror is one of Lane Community College’s gems, a biannual 200-level course taught and curated by Kate Sullivan, who earned her Ph.D. at University of Oregon and hasn’t left Eugene ......

THE HENNESSY REVIEW – Little-Known Christmas Classics

Doug Hennessy

December 22nd, 2014

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If you’re tired of the same old, same old Chrismas fare every year, and Rudolph, Frosty and George Bailey are becoming a bore, Rare Exports opens tonight at the Bijou Arts Cinema. Otherwise, you ......

MISE EN SEAN – Django Unchained (2012)

Sean Hanson

December 19th, 2014

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To say that Quentin Tarantino’s films are racially charged is a bit of an understatement. Over the years, he’s been roundly (and correctly) criticized by many people who aren’t Samuel L. Jackson ......

MISE EN SEAN – The Babadook (2014)

Sean Hanson

December 18th, 2014

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The Babadook is the best horror film of 2014. Given more time and traction, it might prove to be among the best of the decade — maybe any decade. That’s the what. The how is more difficult to ......

DAYDREAMER’S NOTEBOOK – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Tatsuya Goto

December 16th, 2014

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I never start a review by making an assertion, but for once, allow me to make an exception. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is not only the finest feature film by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao ......

MISE EN SEAN – Jackie Brown (1997)

Sean Hanson

December 12th, 2014

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On Christmas Eve 1997, one day before Jackie Brown hit theaters, Roger Ebert described it as “the movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing, and not just a two-film wonder boy.” Whenever ......

MISE EN SEAN – Dear White People (2014)

Sean Hanson

December 9th, 2014

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Dear White People needs an epigraph — something like that old Whitman standby: “Do I contradict myself?/ Very well then I contradict myself;/ (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” — because the ......