The Beaver (Foster, 2011)

                    “Are Mel Gibson’s eyes really that blue, or does he wear contacts or something?” my little sister asked me after The Beaver. In the era of color-grading, you can never be quite sure– but Mel’s piercing blue eyes are a Hollywood relic. “Piercing” isn’t really the word that I would use anymore, though. It’s too active. It implies focus, control– traits... Read More

Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

“Doesn’t it make you furious when they walk all over you this way?” “No. I can’t afford to hate people. I haven’t got that kind of time.” Akira Kurosawa’s epic Samurai films are among the greatest movies ever made. But it is a quiet, intimate story about a very different sort of hero, a mid-level bureaucrat confronted with the futility of his own life, that may be the director’s masterpiece. Certainly it’s one of his most spiritual films. IKIRU... Read More