Brent Simon is a regular contributor to Screen Daily, Playboy, Magill's Cinema Annual and ShockYa, among many other outlets.
A former three-term president and current member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Simon has contributed to a wide variety of publications, including Paste, Vulture,
IGN, Rotten Tomatoes, H Magazine, FilmStew and Reelz. He has worked with AFI Fest; served on juries at City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA), Method Fest and
many other film festivals; and also served in an advisory capacity on various film programming endeavors. SharedDarkness.com is his online blog, and he thanks you for stopping by.
If Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne were Japanese instead of French-Belgian, or perhaps set out to craft a homage to Yasujiro Ozu that was crossed with a sort of whimsical yet melancholic version of The Parent Trap, it might well resemble I Wish, writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest effort. A tender but yawning story of childhood desires and maturation, the movie features some superlative adolescent performances, but also seems a bit caught up in its own relaxed rhythms and beatific point-of-view. For the full, original review, from ShockYa, click here. (Magnolia, unrated, 128 minutes)