The Martian

The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.



Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.


Flight of the Red Balloon

Flight of the Red Balloon aka Le voyage du ballon rouge (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007)

A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon.


The Revenant

The Revenant (Alejandro G. Inarittu, 2016)

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.


Mad Max : Fury Road

Mad Max : Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.


I Was Born, But…

I Was Born, But… (Yasujiro Ozu, 1932)

Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their neighborhood. Their father is an office clerk who tries for advancement by playing up his boss. When the boys visit the boss' house with their father, they discover that their dad has been making a fool of himself to please his boss, who's son is an outwitted member of the boys' gang. The brothers' revolt claiming that hierarchy should be based on ability, not on social background.


Takashi Shimura and Akira Kurosawa

Note : this review is a contribution to Symbiotic Collaborations blogathon hosted by CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch.

Takashi Shimura and Akira Kurosawa

While Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa doesn’t need an introduction amongst cinephiles, actor Takashi Shimura is a more obscure actor name for the majority of film fans. The actor who is generally linked with Kurosawa is Toshiro Mifune, especially as the samurai archetype. Well, Takashi Shimura made 21 films under the directing mastery of Akira Kurosawa while Mifune did 16 and a bunch of them were overlapping the two actors. Shimura was the lead actor in Drunken Angel, Ikiru, and Seven Samurai. Not a bad resume a all.


The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983)

In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.


Best Metal of 2015

This is a companion piece to my Top 10 albums of 2015.

Best Music of 2015

Here it is the mandatory year end list; my own top 10 of the best music of 2015. Surprise, no Adele!

Enjoy and please share your picks!

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