Thursday, February 26, 2015

Peter Medak's The Ruling Class (1972)

Today's recommended viewing: Peter Medak's The Ruling Class (1972), based on Peter Barnes' 1968 play of the same name;starring Peter O'Toole (in full;w/ quality subtitles; Criterion Collection blurb)。

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


So I'm sitting at the neighborhood coffee shop quietly polishing my dissertation, when suddenly the mainland-Chinese girl sitting next to me whips out her phone and starts taking selfies;naturally I assumed she was challenging me to a selfie-duel, so I promptly took out my cell-phone and took three selfies;here are the results。近所の喫茶店にて博論推敲してたら、隣席の中国人女性がスマフォでセルフィ撮りをおもむろに始めたので、私への挑戦と理解しそれを真っ向から受け止め撮ったものです。

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

John Huston's Wise Blood (1979)

This is worth watching just on account of the sentences→John Huston's Wise Blood (1979;Criterion Collection blurb:, based on Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel of the same name。 Example sentences: "You broken him and he was mine!";"I'm going somewheres"; "I knew when I first seen you that you didn't have nobody or nothin' but Jesus"; "You quit feelin' that my leg with yours!";"Jesus is a trick on niggers";"Tell him how you blinded yourself for Jesus and show him that clipping you not";"Nothin' matters but that Jesus Christ was a liar!";"Where you come from is gone; where you thought you were going to weren't never there; and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it";"You might as well be one of them monks, you might as well live in a in a monkery";etc。

And here is Yale University's Amy Hungerford's two lectures on O'Connor's Wise Blood

Thursday, February 19, 2015

U of Tokyo Event with Takahashi Gen'ichirō

わたくしはこんな風に高橋さんの作品「さよならクリストファー・ロビン」を解釈しているのですがそれは正しい解釈ですかと聞いたら正しいですと言った瞬間の写真です;pics from tonight's talk and after-party with novelist Takahashi Gen'ichirō; many thanks to Hirano Kei'ichirō and the good people of Iidabashi Literary Club for inviting me! In the closeup, Takashi-san is responding to my query about whether my interpretation of his story "Goodbye Christopher Robin" (click here for study guide) is correct; "that is a correct interpretation," he told me;he also signed my copy of his recent collection of stories: "Thanks to Morrison-sensei for translating 'Demon-Beasts' [click here for study guide]。"


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ken Loach's Riff-Raff (1991)

Although I no longer associate directly with riff-raff working-class types (now that I'm full-time/tenured), I do still very much sympathize with their plight; here is a great movie about UK riff-raff, by Ken Loach。The film was apparently inspired in part by painter/cartoonist/social critic/outsider William Hogarth (1697-1764)。[Study Guide forthcoming]

Friday, February 13, 2015

Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout (1971)

Today's recommended viewing:Nicolas Roeg's 1971 classic Walkabout, starring the lovely Jenny Agutter: here for the Criterion Collection blurb。Study guide forthcoming。

Ozu Yasujirō's Equinox Flower (Higanbana, 1958)

today's recommended viewing→Ozu Yasujirō's Equinox Flower (Higanbana, 1958; in full; Italian subtitles; can't find English subtitles)。Click here for Criterion Collection blurb。Surely the saddest film ever made about the end of the patriarchy/the paternal authority;I cried repeatedly。Study guide forthcoming。家父長の終焉についてこんなに切なく悲しく見事にに描かれている映画は他にないだろう。小津安二郎の名作『彼岸花』(1958)。