skythesheep

skythesheep

Favorite films

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Caché
  • First Reformed
  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

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  • Ocean Waves

    ★★★

  • My Neighbors the Yamadas

    ★★★★½

  • Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★½

  • Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★★

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  • Ocean Waves

    Ocean Waves

    ★★★

    Two teen boys get wrapped up in an attractive new student when they should be getting wrapped up together with how subtly gay their relationship appears at times, but, come on, this is such a protracted bit of nothing while Rikako, the girl, is so damn toxic she's practically unlikable despite the filmmakers' attempts to personalize her life as "difficult" because she's no longer living in Tokyo with her father/parents following a divorce. As an attempt to provide a voice…

  • My Neighbors the Yamadas

    My Neighbors the Yamadas

    ★★★★½

    A film title can mean everything for a film, and in the case of My Neighbors the Yamadas the title is everything. The perspective is not within the Yamada family or its blunt, objective classification, such as The Yamada Family, but of a neighbor looking in, a physical and relational closeness, good or bad, which bounds us to these characters, this family. As the most idiosyncratic Studio Ghibli feature, Takahata and his animators, now fully digital, use a mixture of…

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  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

    Aside from obvious anti-Semitic explications of such tales as “The Jew in the Thorn” or the association of thievery and cheating with Jews, most of the National Socialist interpretations [of classical fairy tales] stressed the struggle between two worlds: the pure Aryan world versus the contaminated alien world. (Jack Zipes, Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, p. 143)

    Zipes, perhaps the leading living, English-speaking scholar on fairy tales today, establishes in his chapter on Weimar and Nazi Germany in…

  • United Red Army

    United Red Army

    ★★★★★

    What must be realized about United Red Army before anyone watches it, regardless if they've seen a Wakamatsu film before, is how intrinsic the leftist movement in Japan was for the success of Wakamatsu and his production company (and those within in it, such as Masao Adachi). From about 1965 until 1972 (incidentally, around the time Adachi departs for Lebanon), Wakamatsu's best films, to say the least, are almost always imbued with the spirit and, oftentimes, actual footage of protests…