From up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara, 2011)

I haven’t seen Goro Miyazaki’s first film, Tales from Earthsea (2006), which was widely criticized for not being as good as the work of his famous father, Hayao. Those are some pretty tough footsteps to follow in! My first impression … Continue reading

Vanishing Waves (Aurora, 2012)

This Lithuanian psychosexual science fiction film has gotten enough positive press that I added it to my Netflix queue even though Netflix doesn’t have it yet. (I consider this a vote for Netflix to get it, although I’m not sure … Continue reading

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os, 2012)

The French director Jacques Audiard’s excellent previous film, A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte, 2009), was a prison gangster story. Rust and Bone, while its protagonist comes from a similar sub-working-class milieu, couldn’t be any more different in genre. It’s a melodrama, … Continue reading