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  • Maple Leaf Viewing

    Maple Leaf Viewing

    ★★★½

    Can I just say how amazing it is that we live in a time when I can google to find examples of the first Japanese films with a narrative, and then just hop on YouTube and immediately WATCH a 119-year-old film? Amazing.

    Lists: Films of the 1890s to 1910s | Japanese Films

  • The White Ribbon

    The White Ribbon

    ★★

    This is another one of those movies where I can't help but wonder if the tremendous amount of positive reviews it received stem from a bunch of critics not wanting to admit that they don't like the big pretentious arthouse film. Slow-paced, boring, emotionally hollow, with the same tired "all human beings are actually evil at their core" themes of so many wannabe intellectual films. Scene after scene of adults being cruel to kids, kids being cruel to animals or…