George Hadley-Garcia

For George Hadley-Garcia's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Welcome to Mars. Population: 1

Feb 4, 2016

Welcome to Mars. Population: 1

As kids, many of us have experienced the fear of being left behind. Lost in a supermarket, panicking as your parents get too far ahead of you during a walk in the park … now imagine being left on an entirely different planet. “The ...

James Bond deals with some old ghosts in 'Spectre'

Dec 3, 2015

James Bond deals with some old ghosts in 'Spectre'

It has been a long time since the world of “Bond, James Bond” has included global gang of evil-doers SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) — an organization that, early on, produced so many formidable foes. Its last appearance was in ...

Paul Rudd becomes an accidental hero in 'Ant-Man'

Sep 10, 2015

Paul Rudd becomes an accidental hero in 'Ant-Man'

When Paul Rudd landed the role of diminutive Marvel Comics superhero Ant-Man, the reaction of most of his friends was disbelief. There were some chuckles, too. “First I wondered … ‘Am I too old?’ ” Rudd tells The Japan Times. “They said, ‘No, you ...

'Mockingjay' rises toward a revolution

Jun 11, 2015

'Mockingjay' rises toward a revolution

Today’s Hollywood is great at catering to the superfan. Whether it’s the dedicated following that supports (or argues over) TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “True Blood” or “The Walking Dead,” or the comic-book enthusiasts that salivate over every detail of a superhero flick ...

Scott delivers epic tale with 'Exodus'

Jan 29, 2015

Scott delivers epic tale with 'Exodus'

While promoting his new film “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Christian Bale referred to his character, Moses, as “likely schizophrenic” and “one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.” Bale has understandably backed away from much of the media ...

Armies ready for battle in final 'Hobbit' film

Dec 11, 2014

Armies ready for battle in final 'Hobbit' film

There’s a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 2″ where Michael Madsen’s Budd character asks Daryl Hannah’s Elle: “Now you ain’t gonna hafta face your enemy on the battlefield no more, which ‘R’ are you filled with: relief or regret?” Elle tries to ...