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

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

The French director Jacques Audiard’s excellent previous film, A Prophet (Un prophète, 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