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:

Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

Sep 17, 2014

Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

Jim Broadbent is one of those ubiquitous British actors whose face you’d recognize long before you knew his name. I first spotted him as Dr. Jaffe, the quack plastic surgeon in Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” (1985), but others will recall the small parts he played ...

Le Week-End

Sep 17, 2014

Le Week-End

Glancing at the promotional posters for “Le Week-End” — with their romantic shots of the Eiffel Tower and a beaming, laughing couple — you might suspect this is a warm, fuzzy rom-com for the over-50 set. Paris is for lovers, as they say, and ...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sep 17, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) was the boldest, most inventive series reboot Hollywood has attempted in recent years, and I’m happy to report that its sequel keeps pushing the envelope. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” begins a decade after ...

Noah

Sep 17, 2014

Noah

Director: Darren Aronofsky Language: English Darren Aronofsky has been one of the more adventurous filmmakers of the past two decades and, in a sense, “Noah” is his riskiest film yet. Is it possible to take a Bible story and turn it into a Hollywood ...

Dawn of the motion-capture renaissance

Sep 10, 2014

Dawn of the motion-capture renaissance

If “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second chapter in the reboot of the much-loved sci-fi franchise, feels like a different sort of blockbuster sequel — deeper, richer, more involving — that may be because director Matt Reeves is not your typical ...

Guardians of the Galaxy

Sep 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

If the poster for “Guardians of the Galaxy” seems a bit like a parody of a space-opera movie — with its ray-gun firing hero, green-skinned Amazon, machine-gun toting space racoon and giant alien plant — well, that’s because it is. Kind of. Director James ...

Frankie & Alice

Sep 10, 2014

Frankie & Alice

Frankie (Halle Berry) is a go-go dancer in 1970s Los Angeles, who’s raking it in at a nightclub in the Watts district and enjoying a fairly wild lifestyle, but increasing blackouts and psychotic episodes lead to her getting committed to a mental institution. There ...

The Walking Dead: Season 4

Sep 10, 2014

The Walking Dead: Season 4

Language: English The fourth season of everyone’s favorite zombie-apocalypse saga finally rolls onto the DVD shelves. The first half is as thrilling as ever, with the survivors’ refuge at the prison under threat, but the second half loses momentum a bit, with the scattered ...

No

Sep 3, 2014

No

In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who came to power in a bloody coup in 1973, decided to hold a national referendum — a simple yes or no vote — on whether he should extend his rule by eight years. It was supposed to ...

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

Sep 3, 2014

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

Add “Non-Stop” to that short list of films that you will never see as in-flight entertainment. Liam Neeson (making 60-something seem like the new 40) plays Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks, who is on a flight from New York to London when he receives ...