Foreign

“Children of The Sea” is a unique film, but not always great

It’s a very loose and fluid plot - and the entire third act feels like a drug trip and existential dread. And while the story may not be cohesive - the art is certainly beautiful.

New Episode, New Season

The first “Distant Lands” episode doesn’t go very far.

In this age of streaming entertainment, franchises are no longer allowed to die. They must be rebooted every few years, be given sequels or spin-offs or prequels or just given more seasons - even if all the concepts have been used up, there’s no place for the characters to grow as characters or if the… Continue reading The first “Distant Lands” episode doesn’t go very far.

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There is no series like an Infinity Train series, because the Infinity Train show doesn’t stop.

(This review was originally published on Aug. 12, 2019) Now that we know Infinity Train is getting a third season - which will probably be released sometime next month on HBO - I supposed it was time to update this review. Looking back, I definitely gave that first season a higher score than I wanted.… Continue reading There is no series like an Infinity Train series, because the Infinity Train show doesn’t stop.

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The second season of “The Hollow” begins to fill a void -but there are plenty of cracks

I wasn’t a fan of the first season of Netflix’s The Hollow. It started out well -but everything quickly fell apart, especially when the ending twist was finally revealed. It just ruined everything good the show had going for it. The twist was not well set-up, the characters were underdeveloped, and the medium change from… Continue reading The second season of “The Hollow” begins to fill a void -but there are plenty of cracks

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‘Pom Poko’ is a movie that’s balls to the walls weird.

(This review was originally published on June 24, 2018 and has been updated.) Pom Poko (1994), directed by the late Isao Takahata, is one of the less popular Ghibli films in the West. And after seeing it for the first, and possibly only time, I completely understand why. I don’t how popular it is in Japan,… Continue reading ‘Pom Poko’ is a movie that’s balls to the walls weird.