Posts Tagged ‘alienation’

Kate Winslet (April Wheeler), Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Wheeler), Michael Shannon (John Givings), Kathy Bates (Mrs. Givings). Screenplay by Justin Haythe. Directed by Sam Mendes. Rating: 15. Running time: 119 minutes. If you approach Revolutionary Road in the wrong mood it could go down very badly indeed. First there’s the romantic atmosphere, involving you naively suggesting to […]


Bill Murray (Bob Harris), Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte). Screenplay by Sofia Coppola. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Rating: 15. Running time: 104 minutes. I said it after seeing Somewhere, and I’ll say it again: Sofia Coppola is the most respectful of directors when it comes to communicating with her audience. The bludgeon to the head is most certainly […]


Takashi Shimura (Kenji Watanabe), Shinichi Himori (Kimura). Written by Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: 12. Running time: 140 minutes. Perhaps this is presumptuous, but after having seen only Rashômon and now Ikiru, I’m going to deduce the existence of what should probably be called the Kurosawian stare. It’s […]