Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

Akira Kurosawa’s 1990 film Dreams (Yume) is a collection of short segments, each depicting an individual dream. The first time I watched it, I fell asleep. It’s a remarkable depiction of what the experience of dreaming is like: slow-burning anxiety-driven plots that lack logic and occasionally escalate into nightmares, punctuated by moments of beauty and […]

Tales of the Gold Monkey

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdFN6agkNnQ%5D Tales of the Gold Monkey is a pulp television series with the sensibility of a Saturday morning cartoon, following a cargo pilot’s adventures set in the 1930s South Pacific. If this sounds like the Disney show TaleSpin, that’s because Gold Monkey was a major influence upon the creator of TaleSpin, Jymn Magon. There are […]

MOONRAKER

I am not very familiar with the pre-Brosnan James Bond, which is to say I’m not familiar with James Bond at all. I’ve certainly enjoyed the Brosnan and Craig films. Casino Royale is a great spectacle and I am excited to see Skyfall. But there is an entire oeuvre of kitsch that I don’t really […]