{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} 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”

{film} the broken circle breakdown

When Sean and I saw the trailer for The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) some time back, we were fascinated by the idea of a Belgium film featuring blue grass. We wondered maybe that it was a Belgium film set in the American South, but no. It’s just that Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) is in love withContinue reading “{film} the broken circle breakdown”

{television} Mans

Heard rumors BBC comedy drama, Jim Field Smith directed Wrong Mans (2013) was good, and have had it queued to watch. Don’t put off the Mathew Baynton and James Corden created/written show (available on HULU) like we did. Especially if you could use a bit of post-holiday pick-me-up. It all begins by answering someone else’sContinue reading “{television} Mans”

{television} finding miss fisher

It is 1920s Melbourne and the sophisticated Miss Phryne Fisher is fearless in the face of injustice as a lady detective and woman. The Australian television drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was one of our favorite finds of 2013. Created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and based on novels by Kerry Greenwood, itsContinue reading “{television} finding miss fisher”

{comic} blue is the warmest color

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger Arsenal Pulp Press, English edition, 2013. published in France, 2010, by Glenat Editions as Le blue est une couleur chande. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems “normal” enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in herContinue reading “{comic} blue is the warmest color”

{television} broadchurch

A small contingent in the ITV (UK) crime-drama television series Broadchurch worry about how the recent murder of a child is going to affect the tourism. And they have good cause to worry, because after Broadchurch, the sinister possibilities in their seaside village is enough to put me off vacating to any quaint coastal resort.Continue reading “{television} broadchurch”

{film} the world’s end

Top 5 Reasons to visit The World’s End (2013) …seriously, don’t crawl getting there. Run! and maybe hurdle a few objects along the way. 1: You love Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). I use the present tense on purpose because you watch them at least once a year. You know thatContinue reading “{film} the world’s end”

{television} wallander, series 2

Sean and I finally got around to watching the second season of BBC’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander. The series consist of three 45-minute episodes following the home and work life of a Swedish detective, based upon Henning Mankell novels, though not shot in order of publication. We’d seen the 1st and 3rdContinue reading “{television} wallander, series 2”