Barnett R. Brickner

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.(幸せな結婚は、ふさわしい伴侶を見つけるだけでなく、自分がふさわしい伴侶になることによって達成される。) ---- Barnett R. Brickner



Most people feel boredom and discomfort at some point in their lives, and when they are alone with their pains and forced to embrace them, their agonies start evolving. And it gets harder to achieve every day for them as tons of things start distracting them from their lives. A Hollywood actor, Johnny Marco played by Stephen Dorff(スティーヴン・ドーフ), is slowly becoming numb to life, but prevented from realizing it, which is his biggest misfortune. The film depicts a truly believable feeling of a man who realizes something is wrong but lacks in self understanding to get what it really is. The movie is slow pace, quite, and there are scenes with long cuts, and sometimes there is nothing going on for a few minutes, but this approach and direction by Sofia Coppola(ソフィア・コッポラ)were effective in conveying the despair, loneliness and boredom of Jonny Marco.

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Halloween Contest (Stamp Rally) ハロウィーンコンテスト(スタンプラリー)

Halloween Contest (Stamp Rally) is taking place in Sakura-Shinmachi (4 stations from Shibuya) today. The prizes include Nintendo 3D and Disneyland tickets. For farther information, please visit their website. If you see us there, please say hello to us.


In Commemoration of "The Event" DVD Release 「イベント」DVD発売記念

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Amazing Grace アメイジング・グレイス

An inspiring story based on a historical legend, William Wilberforce(ウィリアム・ウィルバーフォース), a British Member of Parliament. Being elected to Parliament, he lead the fight to ban slavery for several decades during the late 18th century and early 19th century. The film depicts the entrenched economic motives and the political motives for slavery powerfully, and Ioan Gruffudd(ヨアン・グリフィズ)did an excellent job showing the complexity and heroism of Wilberforce, who was strong, religious, idealistic, yet at times naive, romantic, and sick. To enjoy every single minute of the film, never turn away your faces even from some cruel scenes where the captured Africans turned into slave, where the slaves are treated inhumanely and die of starvation, neglect, disease, and filth.

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Bakumatsu Festival @Shoin Shrine 幕末維新祭り@松陰神社

Bakumatsu (End of Edo period) Festival is taking place at Shoin shrine(Setagaya-ward), where Shoin Yoshida sleeps, this weekend (October 22th- 23th). For farther information, please visit their website. We can enjoy lots of interesting programs. If you see us there on the very day of the event, please say hello to us.


The Yellow Handkerchief イエロー・ハンカチーフ

It tells a touching story of the three, a beautiful girl played by Kristen Stewart(クリステン・スチュワート), an awkward boy, played by Eddie Redmayne(エディ・レッドメイン), and a man who's recently released from his sentence in prison, and William Hurt(ウィリアム・ハート) played this man. All of them have their own troubled past and lingering issues, but share one thing in common – "the need to escape". The entire plot is centered about their long car journey while making mistakes, and leads us to one message "the people who forgive you and offer you a second chance are those who love you the most". It's also nice to see Kaori Momoi(桃井かおり)as a motel owner. A good and worthy film just like Yoji Yamada(山田洋次)version.

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Life As We Know It かぞくはじめました

It depicts how two people who didn't like each other at first find enough common grounds to raise a child together in a mind-boggling way. There aren't any "How to" scenes here yet all the small incidents and moves seem so true and plausible. The two leads Katherine Heigl(キャサリン・ハイグル), Josh Duhamel(ジョシュ・デュアメル)and the baby Sophie finely made the script believable.

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Daidogei Festival @Sangen-Jaya 大道芸@三軒茶屋

Daidogei Festival is taking place in Sangen-Jaya (two stations from Shibuya) this weekend (October 15th- 16th). For farther information, please visit their website. We could enjoy lots of exciting street performers. If you see us there on the very day of the event, please say hello to us.


Personal Effects ラブ・クライム

Written and directed by David Hollander(デヴィッド・ホランダー), it depicts how the traumatic deaths of people affect those left behind. Kathy Bates(キャシー・ベイツ)plays the mother of twins, Gloria. The girl was brutalized and murdered, and the boy Walter, played by Ashton Kuchter(アシュトン・カッチャー), left his career as a wrestler to return to the scene of the crime to mourn his sister and to demand the criminals be imprisoned. During their trial, Walter meets Linda, whose alcoholic husband was killed and who is left to support the teenage deaf son Clay. Michelle Pfeiffer(ミシェル・ファイファー)plays Linda, and Spencer Hudson(スペンサー・ハドソン)plays Clay. Each character finds ways to support the others through series of grieving and isolation and is tied together nicely by film's end.

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Potiche しあわせの雨傘

Based on a French play "Potiche" set in the 1970s, this film depicts how a trophy wife, Suzanne Pujol played by Catherine Deneuve(カトリーヌ・ドヌーヴ), manages the umbrella factory owned by her tyrannical husband Robert, played by Fabrice Luchini(ファブリス・ルキーニ), after his employees go on strike and take him hostage vividly and colorfully. We can enjoy their retro flavored clothes, design patterns, hair styles, and a mixture of pastel and hot colors including the colorful umbrellas in the film. There is also a side story regarding Suzanne's affair with her ex-boyfriend and local politician, Maurice Babin, played by Gerard Depardieu(ジェラール・ドパルデュー), whose chemistry with her is smile-inducing as well.

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The Last Station 終着駅 トルストイ最後の旅

It depicts Leo Tolstoy(レフ・トルストイ)'s struggle to balance fame and wealth though the content of the story is full of love that occurs to each of the different characters concerning mainly the aging Leo Tolstoy, played by Christopher Plummer(クリストファー・プラマー), his wife, Sofya(ソフィヤ), played by Helen Mirren(ヘレン・ミレン), and their young employer, Bulgakov(ワレンチン), played by James McAvoy(ジェームズ・マカヴォイ). Bulgakov's conflict due to his devotion to the Tolstoyan doctrine and how his goals and values change as a result of his employment under Tolstoy are described superbly.

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Inari Shrine Reitaisai Festival 稲荷神社例大祭

They held Reitaisai Festival at Hisatomi Inari Shrine this weekend. We enjoyed some delicious Tako-Yaki from a stand whose profits (part of them) will be donated to Tohoku area. I'd like to join their Karaoke singing competition again. For farther information, please visit their website.


Burlesque バーレスク

This film is a flashy and sexy treat boasting an gorgeous cast including Christina Aguilera(クリスティーナ・アギレラ)in her film debut, Cher(シェール), Stanley Tucci(スタンリー・トゥッチ), Kristen Bell(クリステン・ベル)and so on. Its elaborate song and dance numbers enchanted me especially with Christina Aguilera's strong voice which is attractive enough to carry a film. The plot line is easily understood. A small-town girl, Ali, played by Christina Aguilera, ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a burlesque club run by Tess, played by Cher.

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