'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

Nov 25, 2015

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

Filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in a firebase in Afghanistan’s remote Korengal Valley throughout 2007 and 2008. Their resulting documentary, “Restrepo,” was released in 2010; only now is it screening in Japan, and ...

'Moonwalkers': one very small step for comedy in film

Nov 18, 2015

'Moonwalkers': one very small step for comedy in film

One of the king-daddy conspiracy theories of all time — right up there with the “grassy knoll” and Area 51 — is the notion that the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969 did not actually happen and that it was created on a movie ...

The nostalgic legacy of Cannon Films

Nov 18, 2015

The nostalgic legacy of Cannon Films

Cannon Films was an era-defining studio in the 1980s run by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who were like a monstrous cross-breed of Roger Corman and the Weinstein brothers. After succeeding in Israel in the ’60s, the pair moved to LA, with ...

Jill Soloway's bittersweet 'Afternoon Delight'

Nov 4, 2015

Jill Soloway's bittersweet 'Afternoon Delight'

‘Afternoon Delight” is one of those ex post facto releases in Japan that arrives riding the wake of another hit. It won a best director award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, but is only now getting released because writer-director Jill Soloway and ...

'Clouds of Sils Maria' tests the limits of female intimacy

Oct 28, 2015

'Clouds of Sils Maria' tests the limits of female intimacy

OK, pop quiz. Guess who recently said the following: “The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from the reasons why people make movies in America, and I prefer it here a little bit.” Woody Allen? Richard Linklater? Kristin Scott ...

The ballad of Sam Peckinpah is written in blood

Sep 23, 2015

The ballad of Sam Peckinpah is written in blood

Over the years, the idea of so-called auteur filmmaking has become identified with a certain breed of art-house cinema. A short list of American auteurs would probably include directors such as Woody Allen, Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson — but not someone like ...

A mopey, dopey 'Twilight' for hipsters

Sep 23, 2015

A mopey, dopey 'Twilight' for hipsters

Part of the reason for the great financial crash of 2007 was bad lending practices. Basically, anything that walked through the door on two legs and not drooling would be given a home mortgage, regardless of the risk. It seems like such irrational behavior ...