The Japanese New Wave (1956–1976) doesn’t get near the love the French New Wave does in cinephile circles, but that doesn’t make the work any less significant. A key entry, Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no Sōretsu) from 1969, was recently restored by Cinelicious in 2017 and will screen at the Alamo Drafthouse Littleton on June 16, 4p. For those not in the area, Funeral Parade of Roses is currently streaming on Kanopy. Mixing documentary and narrative, Funeral Parade is a kaleidoscopic and subversive look at Tokyo’s underground “gay-boy” culture. Writer/director Toshio Matsumoto loosely uses Oedipus Rex as his structure while also … Continue reading Sunday Streams — FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES

This week in Film — ZEN FOR NOTHING

Looking for an alternative to the mass destruction of the Hollywood summer blockbuster? Zen For Nothing is a small documentary; an immersion into stillness, quiet, and meditation. For those living in the Denver/Boulder area, it will be screening at the Dairy Art Center’s Boedecker Theatre June 12–15. Over at KGNU, I discuss Zen for Nothing, as well as the disappointing Dark Phoenix, the mellow The Dead Don’t Die, a couple to see for Pride Month, and the kick-off movie for this season’s Chautauqua Silent Summer Series, Hot Water, with Veronica Straight-Lingo on this week’s episode of After Image. Continue reading This week in Film — ZEN FOR NOTHING