Pain in Japanese Cinema

A strange moment is buried near the end of Yasujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story. Two sister-in-laws, Kyoko and Noriko, are chatting and airing their grievances when Kyoko interjects, “Isn’t life disappointing?” Noriko smiles back at her. “Yes,” she nods. “Nothing but disappointment.” “Well I should get going,” says Kyoko. “Goodbye, then,” responds Noriko. They smile at […]

The Psychology of Serial Killer Movies

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is known for the fact that the main character is killed halfway through the movie. In 1960, when the film was released, this was an unprecedented dissection of a traditional character arc – conflict set-up, drive to accomplishment, resolution. However, it is not just innovative as a story structure; it is innovative […]

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – Review

Brad Pitt’s character in the ninth and supposedly penultimate Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has an air of ironic fatigue throughout the film. When his tire is slashed by a slack-jawed hippie, he reluctantly punches the perpetrator in the face until the tire is repaired. When Bruce Lee challenges him to […]

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