In the new issue of Film Comment, Imogen Sara Smith wrote an article (which is available for free online) about Tatsuya Nakadai and his performance in The Sword of Doom. It’s notoriously hard to write thoughtfully about a performance and avoid vague, interchangeable superlatives. The degree of difficulty is even higher when the performance is in a language one doesn’t understand. And yet Smith manages to burrow in and give specifics about what makes Nakadai’s performance resonate, citing what he does with his eyes as well as his sometimes serene, other times deranged posture. This is yet another example of why Smith is one of the best writers about film today.
This week’s new releases almost flatlined until I realized the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds HBO documentary was appropriate for the homepage. Since this website launched on April 30, 2013, I’ve never come across a week without at least one new release worth pointing to, no matter how barren things looked. And so the streak continues.
Bright Lights (Bloom & Stevens)
Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens’ Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (United States)