LATE AUTUMN (Yasujiro Ozu, 1960)

The loveliest, most humane comedy of the 1960s, Late Autumn (Akibiyori) is one of Yasujiro Ozu’s late masterpieces. A meditation on family matters, human existence and human acceptance, it’s a gentle film that yet manages to be nearly as funny as Jacques Tati at his best (Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, 1952; Playtime, 1967). Like Floating Weeds […]

TITANIC (James Cameron, 1997)

Titanic, James Cameron’s profligate, hollow “epic,” scantily details the “unsinkable” luxury liner’s 1912 encounter with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, which cost the lives of more than 1500 passengers. Overtaxed by a barrage of cornball clichés, this slick film’s adolescent heart belongs to the doomed romance between bountiful, young-womanly Rose, from first-class, and girlish, […]

ONE WONDERFUL SUNDAY (Akira Kurosawa, 1947)

A charming, captivating opening movement, partly derivative of 1930s Clair and Capra, is the commendable part of Akira Kurosawa’s One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi). Loose-ended, open air, it follows a young man and his girlfriend on one of their off-work Sunday dates. An underpaid factory worker, he can offer his girlfriend little on this particular […]