Author Archives: philipbrasor

Review: The Guardians

Xavier Beauvois takes an unusual approach to a war movie. Though he opens on a battlefield strewn with corpses during World War I, his film very rarely addresses the brute terror of warfare. Like Satyajit Ray’s memorable Distant Thunder, it … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged | Leave a comment

Review: The Sisters Brothers

The hitman movie hit a wall years ago, maybe as far back as Pulp Fiction, which billed itself as the last word on the sub-genre. Since then, it’s been variations on a theme, and the variations haven’t been varied enough … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Review: Wildlife

Actor Paul Dano took on a lot when he decided to adapt Richard Ford’s 1990 novel as his directorial debut. Dano does not appear in the movie, and neither does his significant other and co-scenarist Zoe Kazan, but there’s something … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Review: Girl

The movies are still conflicted when it comes to portraying LGBTQ individuals, not because the portraits are necessarily difficult to convey with sensitivity and honesty, but because the very act of representation is fraught. Heterosexual cisgender actors and actresses still … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Leave a comment

Review: Cold War

According to Thomas Wolfe, you can’t go home again, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn something in the attempt. I don’t know which country the 62-year-old Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski currently calls home—he left his native land for England … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged | Leave a comment

Media Mix, June 23, 2019

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about animal welfare, a topic we’ve written about before but usually in the context of cultural perception. What makes the subject particularly perplexing in Japan is the cognitive dissonance created when the cavalier and often … Continue reading

Posted in Media | Tagged | 1 Comment

Review: Dark Phoenix

The flaw in the X-Men saga that outsiders can’t quite get past is the mutant pretense that is its whole reason for being. Though the idea of mutants being social outcasts despite their super powers and tendency to use them … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged | Leave a comment