O'GRADY FILM

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Review: Tora-san, My Uncle

In Tora-san, My Uncle, the forty-second episode of Yoji Yamada’s long-running Tora-san series, the eponymous peddler surrenders the role...

Review: Mrs. Noisy

Continued to make the most out of Japan Cuts’ online edition with a screening of Mrs. Noisy, a thoroughly engrossing film that spins a...

Review: Shell and Joint

I watched Shell and Joint on the Japan Cuts website and, well... uh... Look, sometimes I’ll pretend to be confused by a movie for comedic...

Review: Fukushima 50

Watched Fukushima 50 on the Japan Cuts website. The trailer for this dramatization of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster makes it...

Review: Special Actors

Today, I finally watched my most highly anticipated Japan Cuts screening of 2020: Special Actors, a zany comedy about a guerrilla theater...

Review: Labyrinth of Cinema

After dragging my feet for several days (I’m not ashamed to admit that I found the three-hour running time to be somewhat intimidating),...

Review: Extro

For my second Japan Cuts screening of 2020, I decided to stick with the light and fun atmosphere established by On-Gaku: Our Sound. Extro...

Review - On-Gaku: Our Sound

This year’s online-only edition of Japan Cuts has officially commenced... and honestly, it’s sort of a mixed blessing. On the one hand,...

Review: NIGHT CRUISING

For my sixth and final screening of Japan Cuts 2019, I saw NIGHT CRUISING, a documentary that depicts a blind man’s attempt at directing...

Review: Jeux de plage

Japan Cuts has reached its penultimate day, and although I’m terribly exhausted following a long week at work, I still intend to sample...

Review: Samurai Shifters

For my third Japan Cuts screening of 2019, I saw Samurai Shifters, a period comedy about a clan that is forced to repeatedly relocate...

Review: Ten Years Japan

Just got back in from my second Japan Cuts screening, Ten Years Japan—a significantly more somber and thematically dense affair than the...

Review: The Island of Cats

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Japan Cuts, my favorite annual film festival, has officially commenced! For my first screening,...