Music in Film

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata has a musical title and it builds—spoiler alert!!!—to a wonderful musical climax. I don’t think it’s a perfect film, and the more I watch Japanese film, the more I’m disturbed about the political direction of Japanese society. But for music lovers, an uncut performance of Debussy‘s Clair de lune, with … Continue Reading Music in Film

Japanese Weepies

It’s tempting, and dangerous, when reviewing a film to make grand claims about the state of the art when you should be focused on the task at hand, in this case, the merits of a flick called of Departures, which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. For a … Continue Reading Japanese Weepies