Ray Donovan (Showtime) – Season 2 Preview


Showtime’s hit crime drama series Ray Donovan is back for a second season with Liev Schrieber and Jon Voight leading the charge. Ray Donovan is very character and conflict driven, charged with human emotion and shades of grey. The thrilling ride comes from the underworld and family feud drama wrapped up in a cat and mouse game.

Season 2 appears to dwell deeper into a complex criminal plot and it’s characters. Season 1 started with a slow and steady pace to build the foundation, now with Ray Donovan’s environment fully ironed out the strides are sure to increase. A dangerous battle for control can only lead to a train wreck, right? This season promises an evolving drama, new characters, different angles and definitely more struggle for Ray Donovan — our conflicted and morally-stunted “bad” guy.

“Do you have it all under control, Raymond?”

“Ray Donovan, a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in LA, can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his own family.” (IMDb)

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Shameless (Showtime) – Season 3 Trailer


The American remake of the infamous British dramedy, Shameless (UK), is back for it’s third season on Showtime. That means everyone’s favourite dysfunctional family is back; the Gallagher family. Shameless (US) has a special ability to make fun and make serious almost simultaneously as it touches on alcoholism, poverty and issues in society. It may force you to reflect on yourself, your family, and others around you — for better or shame. Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy head up an interesting family and cast of characters.

“They’re just a family trying to live the American dream one scheme at a time. Shameless returns January 13th at 9PM ET/PT.” (Showtime)


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Movie Review: Tokyo Sonata (2008) – Japanese Movie

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Tokyo Sonata is a melancholic dramedy in a class of it’s own.  Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s sidestep away from bizarre horror flicks plotted him into a bizarre family drama with dark comedy undertones. It’s bizarre but full of intent and controlling of mood and pace, as is his other works. Tokyo Sonata has a conflict of beauty and tension throughout, as it makes a powerful depiction of Japanese society, culture, identity and family. If you thought your family was dysfunctional or even falling apart, think again.

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It doesn’t take long to realize that internal and external conflicts associated with each character / family member act as greater destructive catalysts to the family’s make-up. So the viewer is dealing with both individual and greater whole self-destruction. The film has focus on finding ones true self and the forces that may or may not behind it. It also paints a picture of behaviour (and socioeconomics) in contemporary Japan, for better or worse. The characters and family as a whole are a defined parallel to Japan (seen by the Director and many others) as the businessman-father loses his job, the housewife feels a void, the older son is lost and defiant, and the younger son is trying to find his place (with himself and in the world) as he explores his true desires (or tries to).

“An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.” (IMDb)

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“This film will portray a very ordinary family in modern Japan. I start from a point where lies, suspicion and a complete breakdown of communication already have established themselves within the family. Without a doubt, this is “modern” and this is also “Japan”. However, I would like to show a glimmer of hope in the end. Can I do that? Even if I could do so, would that be something that saves a conventional family? I just do not know now. Since I do not know, I have a strong desire to make this film.” — Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Director’s Statement)

Reviews: Midnight Eye // Japan Cinema // Rotten Tomatoes

Starring: Teruyuki Kagawa // Kyoko Koizumi // Kai Inowaki // Yu Koyanagi

aparoo’s words: family drama, dark comedy, Japanese society, individual identity, conventionalism

aparoo says 5/5

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