Category Archives: Movie of the Day

The Last Shepherd

My favorite program in the Tokyo International Film Festival every year is “natural TIFF,” which presents documentaries and features on environmental and social issues. Usually I do not know anything about these films going into them, so they are always informative and education, but the best of them are also entertaining and moving. The Last […]
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Accession

The Tokyo International Film Festival is set to start next weekend, meaning my favorite time of year in Tokyo is just around the corner. Advanced press screenings started today, and I saw my first film of the festival this morning Accession is a difficult to watch film on a difficult topic—AIDS in South Africa and […]
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Since I live in Tokyo, I am constantly being asked how many times I have been to Tokyo Disneyland, which is something of an obsession with many Japanese people. Whoever asks me this question never fails to be surprised that I have never been to Tokyo Disneyland, or any Disneyland for that matter, and hate […]
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Made in Dagenham

I often watch films I know almost nothing about, apart from the title. One of the great pleasures of this kind of film viewing is being able learn about something that is entirely new to me. Now I am going through British films of the last 10 years, and probably never would have seen Made […]
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Jezebel

As I continue to go through every Bette Davis film I can get my hands on, I finally come to Jezebel, one of her most famous roles right after All About Eve, which cemented her reputation as a big star at the time. My expectations were high, but I found this isn’t really among the […]
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This Must Be the Place

If Sean Penn took the lead role in This Must Be the Place to prove that even after acclaim and an Oscar he is not afraid to take risks with his role choices, then it worked. This is an odd film, and Penn plays an odd character, a burnt out retired goth star. But the […]
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Of Human Bondage

For the past few weeks I have been going through every Bette Davis movie I can find. Some of them, it must be admitted, are not very good as Bette Davis movies. That is either because it was early in her career and she was given too small of  a part, or it was later […]
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The Producers

I have been on an ongoing Bette Davis marathon and enjoying it, but needed to take a little break, and thought I would finally get around to seeing The Producers. I put off seeing this music remake for some time. I never saw the Broadway stage adaptation of the film, but I probably would have if […]
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Three on a Match

I came uponThree on a Match as I am trying to get through as many Bette Davis movies as I can find. Unfortunately, it was only one year since Davis’s screen debut, and she has the smallest role of the three women of the title. She was mainly just asked just to look sincere and […]
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Snow White and the Huntsman

So far, I have successfully avoided the entire Twilight series, and so did not have any preconceptions about this film, which is obviously trying to ride on the popularity of the teen vampire films and their goddess Kristen Stewart. Because I had no expectations, I was somewhat surprised to find myself actually enjoying this. Although this […]
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Miss Congeniality

A week ago, I had only heard the title of this film, and had successfully avoided seeing anything starring Sandra Bullock. But I’ve been reading the book Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, in which the author gives this film as an example of a $100 million hit that follows […]
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Legally Blonde

After watching Miss Congeniality yesterday and finding myself laughing out loud, I decided to watch a different “chick flick” every day this week. But there is a catch. I don’t want to watch Rom-Coms. Watching Drew Barrymore deliberate for 90 minutes over which guy she wants to be with is not what I am interested […]
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Random Quote

“What an excellent day for an exorcism.”
-Demon (Mercedes McCambridge)
from The Exorcist