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[Review] Above and Below

14 April 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Writer-director Nicolas Steiner’s graduation film has nothing to do about moving on to new stages of life. Above and Below, his dramatized documentary, rather hones in on lives in stagnation.

The title and the connection between his subjects are contained within one gorgeously constructed shot about three-quarters through the film, moving from an upside-down April, trapped on another planet in a Mars simulation, down to the desert with David stuck right there on it, before dissolving beneath the dust to the small hovel tarpaulined off in Rick and Cindy’s sewage tunnel and culminating in the Gollum-like blackness harboring Godfather Lalo.

Five people, four homeless, whose lives stand still.

While the camerawork often frames whichever of the five happens to be on screen in some sort of isolation, either within the confines of a costume space helmet or the tight circle of a drain pipe, the people in the »

- Jacob Oller

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Review: Mamoru Hosoda's Conventional And Unsatisfying ‘The Boy And The Beast’

2 March 2016 2:02 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Japanese animation is at an interesting crossroads. At home, it’s obviously as big as ever, and there’s a smattering of hardcore otaku across the world. But the filmmakers who won the most acclaim for those movies, in the West at least, have started to drift away — Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki has retired, as has his colleague Isao Takahata, with their Studio Ghibli home winding down, while Satoshi Kon passed away five years ago, and “Akira” helmer Katsuhiro Otomo hasn’t made an animated feature in a decade. But there is hope, and some of it is in the form of director Mamoru Hosoda, who’s become one of the most hotly-tipped anime filmmakers of the last few years. Though he came from somewhat ignoble beginnings (his first feature was “Digimon: The Movie,” and he was allegedly fired off Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”), he’s consistently impressed with »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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