March 2, 2020

Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki – artist, producer, director, and writer – has been called “The Japanese Walt Disney.” High praise, though I personally prefer Miyazaki’s work over Disney’s. Some […]
April 11, 2019

Taste of Tea, The

(Japanese, 2004) Directed by Katsuhito Ishii. The father (Tomokazu Miura) is a hypnotherapist who loves to put his family under and make them experience wild LSD type scenarios (this guy needs to be given a father of the century award).
April 11, 2019


(Chinese, 2004) Directed by Kar Wai Wong. Chow is a man who wants love, fears it (and thus pushes it away when it gets too close), gives up on it, then wants love again while knowing he will never truly grasp it. Instead, he sits in his room alone, writes his futuristic tales (which are clearly about himself), and beds stunningly beautiful women while the film’s mood grabs the audience, caresses us, and keeps us in its thrall.
April 11, 2019

Tokyo Sonata

Like the Academy Award winning Departures, this film is about the worldwide economic meltdown, and the trials and tribulations people go through that lose their jobs. […]