Film, Foreign, Netflix

An American movie with a Chinese twist: Over the Moon is beautiful

Ever since I first saw the trailer for Over the Moon, I wanted to watch it. It looked so bright, colorful, interesting, and emotional. And it was nice to see that it was also going to take advantage of the opportunity to use Chinese culture rather than just having it act as a backdrop. And… Continue reading An American movie with a Chinese twist: Over the Moon is beautiful

Film, Internet, Netflix

“Animal Crackers” is Racist Poorly-Written Trash

Why did I waste nearly two hours of my life on this movie? I knew it wasn’t going to be good. I knew it was going to be full of clichés and plot contrivances. But I had hoped that maybe this movie would have some spectacular element, that I would appreciate a single part of… Continue reading “Animal Crackers” is Racist Poorly-Written Trash

Anime, Film, Studio Ponoc

Studio Ponoc’s “Modest Heroes” is modest and mediocre in its presentation.

Studio Ponoc’s “Modest Heroes,” wasn’t something I was particularly intrigued by but I figured it might have an interesting segment. Each of the film’s three shorts focuses on different characters and has a distinct art style -the only thing that connects the stories is the theme of heroism and bravery.

Film, Foreign

Leap! fails to reach any kind of great height

I wanted to review something good this week. Entertaining. Thought-provoking. Unique. Then executive dysfunction and quarantine exhaustion set in - I had Cutthroat Kitchen on as background all week because it didn’t require focus and the days just seemed to fly by. I would sit down with my laptop and book of crossword puzzles, and… Continue reading Leap! fails to reach any kind of great height

Anime, Film, Other, Studio Ghibli

‘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.