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”) ...

'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 ...