Giovanni Fazio

Giovanni Fazio has been The Japan Times’ resident film crank since 1993. When not at the movies, he is busy recording and playing live with his band Makyo and running the independent electronica label Dakini Records.

For Giovanni Fazio's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Broken

Dec 24, 2014

Broken

Director: Rufus Norris Language: English This straight-to-DVD release is better than expected. Theater director Rufus Norris makes his cinematic debut with “Broken,” which — unsurprisingly for a British film — takes a social-realist look at the lives of three very different families living around ...

Top 10 films of 2014: in search of orginality

Dec 24, 2014

Top 10 films of 2014: in search of orginality

The longer you go on watching and writing about film, the more you start to feel like one of those jaded vampires in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive.” It’s as though art’s power to surprise and amaze you is nowhere near what it ...

A Promise: 'It's hard to care about these doomed lovers'

Dec 17, 2014

A Promise: 'It's hard to care about these doomed lovers'

‘A Promise” seeks to be an intensely intimate portrait of repressed desire; a European “In The Mood For Love” set in pre-Great War Germany, with enough attentive butlers, elegant interiors and Sunday-finest promenades to make any Merchant-Ivory fan swoon. Based on the novel “Journey ...

The Moon in the Gutter (Mizo no Naka no Tsuki)

Dec 17, 2014

The Moon in the Gutter (Mizo no Naka no Tsuki)

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix Language: French (subtitled in English) Jean-Jacques Beineix wowed the world with his 1981 debut “Diva,” but his 1983 follow-up, “The Moon in the Gutter,” bombed — rare was the review that didn’t use the word “pretentious.” Three decades on, it stands ...

Beautiful Noise

Dec 10, 2014

Beautiful Noise

Director: Eric Green Language: English Shoegaze, that once-maligned genre of effects-laden wall-of-guitar music, finally gets its own documentary. “Beautiful Noise” focuses on three seminal 1980s bands — Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine — while tracing their influence down ...