RIP one of the greatest anime directors Isao Takahata :(
Birdshot presents two parallel narratives; one of a farm girl who mistakenly shoots an endangered Philippine Eagle and one of a police investigation into the missing passengers of a bus. The film grapples onto several ideas, particularly that of the corruption of the justice system and the external factors (industrialization, capitalism, corruption) affecting rural life. One can easily take away from the film the lengths to which those in authority would take to preserve the "good image" of a nation's…
I've been wanting to watch this for a while now because almost everyone has been raving about it, but now that I've gone and done that, I can't help but feel that this film is overrated. The film's merits lie in the fact that it's a modern manifesto against racism and acts as a quasi-satire about racial politics. The technicalities and comedy (Chris' friend Rod is especially funny) also serve to uplift this film. Beyond that, however, it's not even…
You don’t need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, simply wait. Don’t even wait. Be quite still and solitary.
- Franz Kafka
You'd think that with no plot or character development, or rather; a weak narrative structure and a poorly delineated character; that The Man Who Sleeps wouldn't be such a good film. The original source; the 1967 novel by Georges Perec didn't even cause much of a stir and neither did…