Joshua Zapf

Shiawase no taiko o hibikasete: Inclusion Directed by Ken’ichi Oguri Canadian premiere, Eric Martin Theatre May 29, 2013 Reviewed by Joshua Zapf. The Canadian premiere of  Ken’ichi Oguri’s Shiawase no taiko o hibikasete: Inclusion was hosted by Friends of Music Society, an organization that offers “partnership-based music programs to build relationships between people with mental illness […]

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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara Directed by Errol Morris; Starring Robert McNamara as himself Reviewed by Joshua Zapf This 2003 Sony Pictures Classic opens with some black and white footage of former United States Secretary of State Robert McNamara preparing for a press conference.  It then shows […]

The Kid Stays in the Picture Directed by Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein Written by Brett Morgen. Narrated by Robert Evans 2002 Reviewed by Joshua Zapf 1957: Robert Evans is plucked from the poolside by Norma Shearer to play her late husband and renowned producer, Irving Thalberg. From there Evans, driven by lust for the […]

The Illusionist (Lèillusionniste) Directed by Sylvain Chomet Original screenplay by Jacques Tati, Adapted by Sylvain Chomet. 2010 Reviewed by Joshua Zapf The Illusionist is beautiful for many reasons, but most of all because it is believable. The story takes place during the 1950s. The protagonist, Tatischeff, is an illusionist and a master of his craft.  […]