Yuasa's latest is a visually striking celebration of storytelling – the origins of Noh theater, its power, its cost and its purpose. Two young boys are bound by tragedy, the 300 year-old aftershocks of the bloody Battle of Dan-no-ura which render one blind and other malformed by a curse. Together they find a calling for music and in particular honoring the memories of the fallen Heike. It's a psychedelic fusion of history and anachronism, full of explosive musical numbers and just a little less character than it needed to better express its timeless themes of friendship and artistic expression.
Nothing's sacred anymore.
Paris is burning. The Vichy government has signed an armistice with Nazi Germany, and the independent state is at peace, yet within the hearts of its people burns the fire of indignation. Enemy soldiers and the French police roam the city streets, rifling through bags and throwing anyone and everyone—people of every race, ideology and disposition—in prison. Most never make it back home. Watching the SS jubilantly march through the Arc de Triomphe, I immediately realized the…
Who are you when you log on? What do others see, and how do their expectations and reactions shape those very expressions to which they react? Social media is a feedback loop, a group theatre where each person dons a mask and moniker to act out any number of scenes, from mundane to show stopping. Belle is, at least in part, a rather brilliant inspection of social media, one of the few movies that actually gets how it works enough…
Dziga Vertov's aim with Man with a Movie Camera was to establish a cinematic grammar, unbound by conventions of literature and theatre. There are no sets, there is no script, and the closest thing the film has to a character is Vertov's brother, Mikhail Kaufman, the eponymous cinematographer. With little more than basic tools and imaginative technique, they create a radical documentary—buzzing snapshots of bustling cities and the citizens who make them run. It's a celebration of the Soviet people…