Monday, March 21, 2016

SLOW WEST(by John Maclean) Is a Real Gem of a Western. It's like finding a diamond while unsuccessfully mining for gold.

You are on a personal journey in search of your true love. You have left your homeland, crossed an ocean, and trusted your life to a mysterious gunfighter who guides you across unknown territory. Everyone has his own sense of personal destiny. But what of cosmic destiny? What if your true love feels no true love for you? What if the stars really meant for you to serve as guide to your guide as the one destined to be her lover? Absurdly romantic.

Rating: 5/5.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

THE WORLD OF KANAKO(by Akio Fukamachi & Tetsuya Nakashima) Is a Sicko Movie with Something to Show If Not Say.

A rancid movie. Ugly and degenerate. A like-father-like-daughter tale of amorality, cruelty, and hypocrisy.
Innocent-looking cutie is rotten to the core. More fille-fatale than femme-fatale. Yet, the complete lack of soul is presented as a kind of purity. Zen of degeneracy. Reminds us of the amoral homo-samurai of GOHATTO by Nagisa Oshima. Amorality that never blinks first. Bubblegum Condom Zen. Portrait of a vapid and insipid society, it shows how the cult of beauty paradoxically turns into celebration of ugliness. If beauty is license to do anything, then it can do the ugliest things, and the world will be an ugly place. Often sickening to watch but striking as directorial effort, with some brilliant passages.

Rating: 3/5.

Friday, March 18, 2016

STEVE JOBS(by Aaron Sorkin & Danny Boyle) Is Compulsively Watchable but Most Likely Full of Baloney

Compulsively watchable. Sorkin is a first-rate hack. Boyle is a pro's pro. Instead of trying to tell the whole story, foolish and impossible in two hours, the movie focuses on a few key themes of Jobs' life and myth by highlighting the backstage shenanigans of Jobs' hype campaigns. Expertly done but no surprises. Intelligence and talent in the service of trite truisms about success in career and failure in life.

Rating: 3/5.