'Stolen Seas'

Nov 28, 2013

'Stolen Seas'

Director: Thymaya Payne Language: English So you’ve seen “Captain Phillips” and are curious about real Somali piracy? In Director Thymaya Payne’s documentary (now on Vimeo, Amazon and iTunes), we meet the CEO of a Danish company whose merchant ship is hijacked by pirates demanding ...

New Ai Weiwei film details the art of persecution

Nov 21, 2013

New Ai Weiwei film details the art of persecution

Timing, as they say, is everything, and for aspiring filmmaker Alison Klayman, that meant being in Beijing filming China’s most well-known contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, at precisely the moment the Chinese government decided to throw him in jail. It was certainly an illuminating moment, ...

'Can't Stand Losing You'

Nov 21, 2013

'Can't Stand Losing You'

So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star, then listen now to what I say / Just get an electric guitar, then take some time and learn how to play / And with your hair swung right and your pants too tight ...

'Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland'

Nov 21, 2013

'Almanya: Willkommen in Deutschland'

This warm family dramedy looks at the story of one Turkish family that emigrated to Germany as guest workers in the 1960s. Patriarch Huseyin (Vedat Erincin) is at a ripe old age, and he announces that he’s bought a house back in his hometown ...

'Spring Breakers'

Nov 21, 2013

'Spring Breakers'

Director: Harmony Korine Language: English Harmony Korine’s fever dream of white folk’s gangsta fantasies — all gun-wielding bikini chicks and “Scarface”-obsessed metal-toothed rappers — is either tongue-in-cheek pandering to the lowest common denominator or a sly send-up of it. Or maybe both. His chief ...

Scottish police corruption has never been so fun

Nov 14, 2013

Scottish police corruption has never been so fun

Oftentimes authors whose books are adapted into movies are left to sit at home and simmer as directors make the rounds saying how their “reimagining” of the work was necessary to make it a better cinematic experience, blah, blah, blah, while every fan of ...

'Filth'

Nov 14, 2013

'Filth'

In “Filth”, we meet Bruce “Robbo” Robertson, a bipolar plainclothes detective in Edinburgh who’s racist, sexist, homophobic, addicted to cocaine, addled on various prescription drugs, consorting with whores, scheming against all his colleagues at work, making obscene phone calls, loveless, friendless, shiftless … Oh, ...

'The Counselor'

Nov 14, 2013

'The Counselor'

Alfred Hitchcock once noted that if you show a gun in the first act, it will have to be fired in the third. Thus when “The Counselor” has Javier Bardem’s sleazy, mob-connected nightclub owner explain to his lawyer what a bolito is — a ...

The Hangover Part III

Nov 14, 2013

The Hangover Part III

Director: Todd Phillips Language: English You will find yourself in the DVD shop with “The Hangover Part III” in your hand. The first one was funny, and the second one was a retread, but it had some laughs. How bad can the third one ...

Money, censorship and the future of Asian cinema

Nov 7, 2013

Money, censorship and the future of Asian cinema

Flitting around Roppongi Hills during the week of the Tokyo International Film Festival, you get to meet and chat with any number of interesting people, but one of the better conversations I had was sitting down for coffee with Jacob Wong, curator of the ...