{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”

{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”

{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”

{film} skyfall

We finally made it to the dollar theater for Skyfall (2012), the latest James Bond movie. It was good to catch in on the big screen. Now, where to begin, after all, it was a Bond film. All the ingredients that define the masculine icon that is 007 are there. His sexual prowess, his armament,Continue reading “{film} skyfall”

{film} mr. nobody

“We cannot go back; that’s why it’s hard to choose.” (Nemo) Nemo Nobody is 118 years old and the only remaining mortal human in the year 2092. Who is this man called Mr. Nobody? No one knows, including himself. There are no records of his 118 years of existence and the stories he tells aContinue reading “{film} mr. nobody”

{film} a hitchcock & a comédie romantique

Film studies like my Literature courses taught me a very important truth: just because I need to view/read a classic or iconic piece does not mean I will enjoy it—or even get it (without certain contexts, and even then). The most liberating assertion was that I didn’t even have to like it, I just hadContinue reading “{film} a hitchcock & a comédie romantique”

{film} arahan

After watching Lockout (2012) and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Sean and I decided we could do with a few more action films tinged with silliness. This led us to The Warrior’s Way (2010), which I can’t decide if it is more weird than silly. With a bit more browsing on Netflix the following eveningContinue reading “{film} arahan”