It’s like staring into an abyss filled with old men.
Real life brothers Koki and Ohshirô Maeda star in this gentle, poignant film about the power of imagination and friendship, and the inevitability of growing up. Though a little slow in places, Hirokazu Koreeda’s film is an unusually powerful musing on the everyday joys and sadnesses of life, that delights in celebrating the small things. Drawing on the kids-on-a-quest theme at the heart of many child-centric films, Koreeda’s film is a far more subtle affair than your average Disney flick and, in the end, shows us that there are no easy solutions when it comes to the break down of a family.
Jessica Chastain has been in over a dozen films in the two years since she appeared on our radar in Take Shelter in 2010. This year she received her second Oscar nomination, for her portrayal of the CIA agent who found Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty. She also won a Golden Globe for the role. This flame-haired beauty continues to impress us as she turns out wonderful performance after wonderful performance. Is there nothing she can’t do?
Another Beach Boys biopic is in the works, this time about frontman Brian Wilson, starring Paul Dano.
Yay! Wait, is he still a Nazi?
Another Earth is an interesting, confidently-executed film which attempts to deal with the big questions. It succeeds where it touches on authentic human emotion and relationships, but falls down where it tries to be all big and fancy. It does have a pretty cool end shot, though.