The Coy and the Kawaii – Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish

Japanese anime films usually succeed or fail based on two key factors. The first is the sense of wonder. Even if a film doesn't have a fantastical or magical angle to it, the best anime works spark the imagination in unique ways, forcing the audience to think outside their normal parameters and paradigms as to … Continue reading The Coy and the Kawaii – Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish

Hot Fun in the Summertime! – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

I love a good concert film. When music is celebrated in tandem with the people and history of a given moment, it's often sublime. I remember feeling that way with the Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace film and Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars over the last few years. Well, thanks to Ahmir Thompson, better known to audiences … Continue reading Hot Fun in the Summertime! – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

These Are The People In Your Neighborhood – In The Heights

This is the part of the program where I admit to something that, based on references I've made for the last few years, might come as a shock. I've never seen either of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musicals. It's not that I'm not interested, just that opportunities are few and far between. The last time I went … Continue reading These Are The People In Your Neighborhood – In The Heights