A Lifetime in Film 1988 #2: Rain Man

Review: Well I've already reviewed Rain Man as part of my Tom Cruise Tribute blog series, but I thought I'd share a few additional thoughts here. It's a great film. In fact I think it's one of those movies that simply gets better every time I see it. The performances, especially the one by Cruise, only benefit … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1988 #2: Rain Man

A Lifetime in Film 1988 #3: Grave of the Fireflies

Review: Grave of the Fireflies is a frustrating film. And yet that appears to be by design. Director/writer Isao Takahata has made a film that is difficult to like about a subject that is difficult to explore. Japan's participation in World War 2, as told from the Japanese perspective is something that is rarely explored on … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film 1988 #3: Grave of the Fireflies

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #4 My Neighbor Totoro

Review: 1988 was a big year for Studio Ghibli, with the double-feature of Grave of the Fireflies (more on that in a later post!) and My Neighbor Totoro dominating Japanese screens. The studio's gamble paid off, as the films became not only national but international successes. After having finally watched Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro it's easy to see why the … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #4 My Neighbor Totoro

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #5 Akira

Review: 1988 was a great year for anime and it appears that of all the big anime films to have come out that year, Akira turned out to be the most influential. Writer/Director Katsuhiro Otomo, adapting his own manga to feature film length, has a storytelling/animation style that is instantly recognizable by anyone who's watched anime films … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #5 Akira

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #6 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Review: I've maintained throughout my lifetime of watching film, that there really are people who are born to make movies. It is a strange proposition given how young the art form is at just over 120 years. It's more believable to say that one is born to be a composer of music, or a painter, … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #6 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #7 Big

Review: Big is one of those movies that gets better with multiple viewings. For a film that is so simple (despite its high concept) in structure and largely devoid of high stakes or melodrama, it has a certain hold over the viewer that is not easily explained. You may not laugh out loud during Big and you may … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #7 Big

A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #8 Cinema Paradiso

Review: I'll admit that it's kind of a perfect fit to have one of the films that are part of my "A Lifetime in Film" blog series be Cinema Paradiso. It is a film about the love of movies, and spending a lifetime admiring the cinematic craft for what it really does. For director/screenwriter Guiseppe Tornatore, film … Continue reading A Lifetime in Film: 1988 #8 Cinema Paradiso