Monthly Archives: November 2012

The 1950s are often considered to be a ‘Golden Age’ of Japanese cinema. ‘Seven Samurai’, ‘Rashomon’ and ‘Ugetsu Monogatari’, were all released during that period, but perhaps the greatest of all is Tokyo Story. Yasujiro Ozu’s drama about an old couple who visit their children in Tokyo is moving, heartfelt, and portrays a level of sincerity and humanism that is rarely seen on screen. It was recently voted the greatest film of all time by directors in the Sight and Sound poll, and having seen the film multiple times now, it’s easy to understand why.

Vik Muniz is a visual artist who is known for reproducing works of art using alternate materials, which in the past, have included chocolate syrup, chili sauce and diamonds. These portraits were produced using recyclable materials from the landfill, Jardim Gramacho on the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro. This was  documented in the wonderful film Waste Land directed by Lucy Walker. You can view more of Muniz’s work here.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is perplexing, bewildering and utterly fascinating. The film is beautifully shot, accompanied by a terrific score and supported by an excellent cast. Although Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman will undoubtedly get the most plaudits, it is Amy Adam’s performance as The Master’s wife that I found most compelling. This may not be my favourite Anderson film, but it’s a great film nevertheless that I will probably need to watch a couple more times before I fully appreciate it.

(The French version of the poster is pretty damn awesome too.)