Like (Fore)Father, Like Son: Hirokazu Kore-eda and the Burden of Ozu


‘Its Out of Africa meets Pretty Woman … Ghost meets Manchurian Candidate’. These are the film pitch meetings in Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire The Player (1992). Potential new films, Altman suggests, can only exist in relation to old ideas. When all art must be recycled, that which is truly original and does not have a traceable heritage is too alarming for studios, critics, and audiences. Continue reading


Inherent Vice and the Act of Adaptation


A trip to the cinema to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice compels me to record some thoughts about the film, and the issue of cinematic adaptations of books.  Continue reading

A Tale of Two Suicides

A few days ago I watched Takeshi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011). This is Miike’s second collaboration with English producer Jeremy Thomas, following 2010’s 13 Assassins. Both films are jidaigeki, and both are remakes of black and white Japanese films from the 1960s

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