The red flower
you always wanted to pick—
now this autumn wind

Favorite films

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum
  • Four Seasons of Children
  • Earth
  • Fallen Blossoms

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  • Frankenhooker


  • Blood Work


  • Resident Evil


Recent reviews

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum


    Zangiku monogatari is one of those rare films that really has to be seen again and again to take in everything the director gives you; a film crafted with such an incredible understanding of each image's expressive potential that it is capable of being both dense and yet impossibly elegant, reserved and yet explosive with every move of the camera. I find it strange now to call this a work of formalism—a label which applies much more easily to Mizoguchi's…

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice


    It's easy to conflate Mann's filmmaking at this point in his career with that sort of experiential cinema which is always looking to provide a cheap fix because of a lack of content. And seeing this in the theatre really helps those 'high impact' moments of pure viscerality to hit in a way they never could at home, but there is more to Mann's style here than the simple thrill begotten of a car chase and shootout, or fashion magazine…

Popular reviews

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future


    Calvin and Luther insisted upon God's absolute sovereignty. Like Job, Calvin argued, we must “submit ourselves to the single will of God, without asking a reason of his works, and especially of those works that surmount our wit and capacity.” The Protestant Reformation represented a significant shift from the theology of the Middle Ages, which was still inextricably bound to the ancient philosophies of Plato and Aristotle. “All things among themselves possess an order, and this is the form that…

  • Can't Get You Out of My Head

    Can't Get You Out of My Head


    As with any project approximating this kind of approach to a politico-historical theme, there is a selection of material here that necessarily chooses certain things while leaving other things out. Obviously, there is thus a danger of misrepresentation in how this theme—only ever something partial—is represented as relating to the social totality. This series discusses the failures of revolutionary movements and the destruction of gains made by the labour movements in the West which led to the extension of the…