{film} song of the sea

Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. —Song of the Sea‘s lines borrowed from “The Stolen Child” by William Butler Yeats The Secret of Kells‘ (2009; my review) Tomm Moore returns with another visually stunningContinue reading “{film} song of the sea”

{film} John Wick?

The tagline: Don’t Set Him Off! When I tell you how fantastic I found director Chad Stahelski’s John Wick (2014), you’ll likely question my sanity because it really shouldn’t be all that good. I seriously questioned my decision to not disappear up the stairs while Sean watched a film that, upon first press, reads like a Steven SeagalContinue reading “{film} John Wick?”

{film} horns

“In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.”–IMDb I wasn’t sure what to expect with director Alexandre Aja’s Horns (2013), but when it opened with artful, tidy shooting, I became hopeful for more than an impressive American accent from British actor Daniel Radcliffe (IgContinue reading “{film} horns”

{film} Guardians of the Galaxy, 5 Reasons.

I’m sure someone will decide their means for being relevant will require them to pan James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). They’ll claim some disconnect with the director’s work in general as their opening disclaimer or some such entry wound into their “review.” I am fine–relieved, actually–to be absorbed into the clamoring for an encore. WasContinue reading “{film} Guardians of the Galaxy, 5 Reasons.”

{film} the game

Even though David Fincher’s The Game (1997) was a rewatch, it was almost like watching it for the first time. I remembered a few elements, but Sean wasn’t confirming the details. I was at the mercy of a slow and twisted mystery. If you haven’t seen The Game, you should stop at after the secondContinue reading “{film} the game”

{film} muppets least wanted

We are long-time fans of the Muppets. There was some geekery involved when Jason Segel and company insisted on their return to screen in The Muppets (2011). While amused by the Muppets Most Wanted (2014) trailers, we figured we would watch it when the mood struck. After all the philosophical and action films of late,Continue reading “{film} muppets least wanted”

{film} her

The discordant pulse of an alert opens the Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), a film bout a lonely middle-aged man who falls in love with his new operating system. If this sounds rather pathetic, it is, at first blush, meant to. Jonze plays on cultural expectations as we are first introduced to Theodore Thwomble (Joaquin Phoenix), whoContinue reading “{film} her”

{film} Aronofsky’s Noah: of a story telling tradition

We have finally managed to see Noah (2014). It wasn’t for the lack of support of Darren Aronofsky. Sean is a huge fan of his. It’s that I’ve yet to find someone to sponsor our theater tickets. Thoughts/notes follow. You may recall a big brouhaha upon the theatrical release of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014). TheContinue reading “{film} Aronofsky’s Noah: of a story telling tradition”

{film} ginger and rosa

Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) have been best friends since their birth in the year 1945.  As the opening footage reminds us, this is the year the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima (& Nagasaki). The pair are now 17 in 1962 London and looking to declare their independence from their mothers once more.  ThisContinue reading “{film} ginger and rosa”

{television} the fall

The Fall (2013) is a dark television series out of the UK that should appeal to viewers of Wallander (2008), Broadchurch (2013), and True Detective (2014). Its degree of ‘disturbing’ fits right in there between Broadchurch and True Detective; so while the impulse may be to binge-watch season one, the content is hard to takeContinue reading “{television} the fall”