Adventures in (Post) Gradland

Thoughts on life after the PhD

Onward and upward!

Hello all, Apologies for the long absence, been working on a lot of stuff. Including (drumroll) this! Very pleased to announce the creation of Eiga Files, a new website for … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

No Illusions: Shinya Tsukamoto’s 野火 (Fires on the Plain)

I’m pretty tired of films that try to depict war as a clear-cut battle between good and evil, or really as anything resembling a world of order and reason. I’m … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Chaos in the Wrong Place: Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (The Emperor in August)

The last few years have seen the release of several big-budget period dramas commemorating Japan’s wartime experiences both at home and abroad. One of the more controversial efforts was Eien … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mexican Food in Tokyo

So the semester’s in full swing, which means I’m back to not knowing which way is up or down and forgetting my own name occasionally, though at least I’m a … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Four Mini-Reviews

A few more films that I didn’t have time to write full reviews of: Paprika (2006) This film by the late, great animator Satoshi Kon (who also made Tokyo Godfathers … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tuxes and Tea: An Afternoon at Swallowtail Butler Cafe

  The butler cafe was supposed to be a “research” trip, or just one of those at-least-I-can-say-I-did-it experiences. But I ended up kind of loving it. Butler cafes are one … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

Films: Uzumasa Limelight

Uzumasa Limelight is one of those movies that never loses sight of the fact that it’s a movie. It’s formulaic, but when the formula works, it can be a beautiful … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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