'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

May 22, 2014

'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

Director: John Cassavetes Language: English John Cassavetes is often regarded as the godfather of American indie filmmaking. His stuff can often be as frustrating as it is rewarding, but when it works, it soars. “Faces”, “Shadows”, “A Woman Under the Influence”, “Opening Night” and ...

'Disconnect'

May 15, 2014

'Disconnect'

Nicholas Carr, in his eye-opening book “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” has poignantly observed how “When we’re online, we’re often oblivious to everything else going on around us. The real world recedes as we process the flood of symbols ...

'Post Tenebras Lux'

May 15, 2014

'Post Tenebras Lux'

If you wanted to make a parody of the modern art film, you’d have a hard time making it more ridiculous than Carlos Reygadas’ glacially paced, obtuse, festival-focused film “Post Tenebras Lux,” which somehow won him Best Director at Cannes in 2012. Poetic long-take ...

'Only God Forgives'

May 15, 2014

'Only God Forgives'

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn English and Thai Art-directed to within an inch of its life, this neo-noir set in Bangkok involves a boxing gym owner (Ryan Gosling) whose brother is killed after raping a young girl. Their mom (Tilda Swinton) shows up demanding revenge. ...

'My Little Princess (Violetta)'

May 8, 2014

'My Little Princess (Violetta)'

When we talk about revenge flicks, they’re usually violent and involve someone like Charles Bronson, or Uma Thurman with a samurai sword. But there is another type of revenge flick: the autobiographical one, in which the whole raison d’etre of the film is the ...

'We Are What We Are'

May 8, 2014

'We Are What We Are'

The set design and cinematography are certainly more artfully composed than in your average knockoff, and director Jim Mickle has assembled a potent cast, including Hal Hartley regular Bill Sage and some bright new talent in the form of Ambyr Childers from “The Master” ...

'Seven Psychopaths'

May 8, 2014

'Seven Psychopaths'

Director: Martin McDonagh Language: English, Vietnamese “Seven Psychopaths” is an off-the-wall meta-flick that follows alcoholic screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) as he works on a generic film (about murderers) he doesn’t believe in, and his aspiring actor friend Billy (Sam Rockwell), who moonlights as a ...

'Withnail & I'

May 1, 2014

'Withnail & I'

Kichijoji’s storied Baus Theater will be closing its doors on June 10, but it is going out with a bang, reviving a bunch of its most popular hits from the past three decades, including “El Topo,” “Sid & Nancy,” “Picnic” and “Dark Star.” The ...

'A2-B-C'

May 1, 2014

'A2-B-C'

Too much of the conversation on the Fukushima No.1 nuclear accident is driven by ideologues — sensationalist bloggers predicting the extermination of mankind on the one hand and, on the other, nuclear industry shills insisting plutonium inhalation is just like eating bananas — when ...

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

May 1, 2014

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

Director: Jane Campion Language: English Unquestionably one of the masterworks of the 1990s, “The Piano” was released with Japanese subtitles in 2005. Holly Hunter plays a mute widow named Ada who emigrates from Scotland to rugged 1850s New Zealand with her young daughter, played ...