Homeland

Dec 3, 2014

Homeland

Language: English Hulu.jp strengthens its roster with the welcome addition of Showtime series “Homeland,” now in its fourth season. “Homeland” focuses less on clock-ticking cliffhangers and more on psychologically complex characters and deep layers of paranoia and suspicion. Claire Danes, in the best performance ...

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nov 26, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenLanguage: English “Inside Llewyn Davis” is neither the best Coen brothers’ film, nor the worst, but it has everything a fan of the Coens could desire: a strong sense of period detail, a choice soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, ...

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

Nov 19, 2014

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s first job out of college was working at a halfway home for troubled teens and, rather like author Ken Kesey’s stint working at a mental institution, he clearly gained some insight and a fistful of vivid characters from the experience. ...

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

Nov 12, 2014

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

Manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has always enjoyed a certain level of fame in his home country, where he’s known as the originator of gekiga, a hard-boiled style of manga from the 1960s-’70s. Overseas, however, it’s only since 2009 that his reputation has risen meteorically, ...

Tatsumi: 'Alternative noir histories from Japan's postwar period'

Nov 12, 2014

Tatsumi: 'Alternative noir histories from Japan's postwar period'

The stories of comic-book artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi — an originator of the gekiga (literally, “dramatic pictures”) style — reach the screen in this intriguing compilation film by Singaporean director Eric Khoo. In “Hell,” a photographer finds postwar fame with a poignant shot he took ...

Twin Sisters

Nov 12, 2014

Twin Sisters

Director: Mona Friis Bertheussen Language: English, Norwegian (subtitled in English) A pair of orphaned twins in China are each adopted as infants by separate families, one from Norway and the other from California. Officials deny the girls are twins, but a DNA test proves ...