Review: Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

It’s hard to know where to start with a review of this extraordinary, depressing and intriguing Japanese film. At times it’s banal and trite, random and without coherence, and at other times it is a provocative essay on expectations, how our environment defines our life and the importance of having — and pursuing — our dreams, however crazy everyone else may think they are. Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a young Office Lady who works at a…Read More

Review: Pacific Rim

It’s Transformers meets Godzilla. Or perhaps it’s more like Real Steel meets Jurassic Park. However you slice it, if you can check your brain at the door, Pacific Rim is a rollicking good time, a film that’s all special effects and essentially no storyline at all. Okay, okay, there’s a storyline. Sort of. Through a deep sea rift that turns out to be a portal to another dimension (through a transdimensional connection that we humans can map…Read More

Review: The Brothers Bloom

I’m not sure if I am going to have my film reviewers membership card yanked for saying this, but The Brothers Bloom was one of the most delightful, entertaining films I have seen so far this year. That’s right, no complaints, no “but…”, just a straight out positive review of a film that works beautifully on so many levels. The first of these levels is that in a bold move the distribution company released a…Read More