When it comes to the Beatles, we'll never let it be

Sep 28, 2016

When it comes to the Beatles, we'll never let it be

The Beatles’ career as a live band came to a — literally — screeching halt in August 1966, when on their final American tour, the howling of frenzied female fans became so deafening they could no longer hear themselves play. Author Tom Wolfe, describing ...

Shep Gordon lives life like a movie

| Sep 28, 2016

Shep Gordon lives life like a movie

Behind every star, you can be sure there’s a schmoozing, shouting manager who got them where they are. It’s not a profession noted for its integrity; managers most often make news when being sued by a former client. Yet comedian Mike Myers (“Austin Powers”) ...

'Stranger Things' happened in the 1980s

| Sep 21, 2016

'Stranger Things' happened in the 1980s

The streaming wars continue, and one advantage Netflix has over its rivals is that it releases its original content in Japan without much annoying time lag. That’s true of their new paranormal series “Stranger Things,” which came out in the dog days of summer ...

Prize-winning short 'Oh Lucy' brings humor to the classroom

| Aug 17, 2016

Prize-winning short 'Oh Lucy' brings humor to the classroom

Given the potential global audience available on digital film platforms, it is surprising how few Japanese filmmakers have invested in foreign-language subtitles to get their films out there. Thus, it was a pleasant surprise to find director Atsuko Hirayanagi’s short comedy “Oh Lucy” up ...

'High-Rise': J.C. Ballard adaptation topples on screen

Aug 3, 2016

'High-Rise': J.C. Ballard adaptation topples on screen

In 1955, the city of St. Louis finished construction on the Pruitt-Igoe housing estate, designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki (who would later build New York City’s Twin Towers). A raw-concrete sprawl of 33 tower blocks, it was meant to halt the spread of slums ...