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:

The gritty side of Polish film

| Nov 23, 2016

The gritty side of Polish film

European cinema lost one of its greats in October, when Polish director Andrzej Wajda passed away at the age of 90. Wajda, perhaps best known for his 1981 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Man of Iron,” had a long association with Japan, being awarded both ...

| Oct 26, 2016

Staring into the 'Black Mirror'

After two short seasons on British broadcaster Channel 4, the near-future techno-dystopian sci-fi series “Black Mirror” moves to Netflix, with a bigger budget and more episodes. For those who have yet to go through the looking glass, a short description would be ” ‘The ...

A cinematic view from overseas

Oct 19, 2016

A cinematic view from overseas

The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth the effort. A good place to start is usually the World Focus section; this category doesn’t require that films ...

Feel the Latin film beat

| Oct 12, 2016

Feel the Latin film beat

The Latin Beat Film Festival enters its 13th year, offering cinephiles in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama a chance to check out the latest in Spanish-language cinema with a dozen new films. For a glimpse of life in Cuba away from the tourist tropes, try ...

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”) ...