“Sword of Trust”, directed by Lynn Shelton

Movie, 2019 Part road movie, part buddy film, part quest picture. A well-paced comedy bursting with humanity and some hilarious scenes and goofy charades. There are serious undertones as well, from drug abuse to the spread of misinformation, the promotion of right wing views and street crimes. Essentially, however, these elements locates the film, which is warm and funny and mainly, entirely successfully plays for … Continue reading “Sword of Trust”, directed by Lynn Shelton

“Tokyo Ueno Station” by Yu Miri

Novel, 2019 A book which takes a while to settle down and which concerns itself with a family man turned tramp, and his tragic story and circumstances. Along the way, there’s a good deal going for this book, not least the greed and inhumanity built into a society and the circularity of history, written into the homeless shacks and Ueno’s cardboard city. A book which … Continue reading “Tokyo Ueno Station” by Yu Miri