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'Ruined Heart': a belated release

| Dec 28, 2016

'Ruined Heart': a belated release

When you're covering a film fest, sometimes you crave a quick jolt. I'm still not sure how Khavn's "Ruined Heart" (Japan title: "Kowareta Kokoro") snuck into the main competition section of Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014, but watching it at the time felt ...

'Knight of Cups': Is Malick's cup half-full or half-empty?

/ Dec 14, 2016

'Knight of Cups': Is Malick's cup half-full or half-empty?

Halfway through "Knight of Cups," the latest treatise from philosopher-filmmaker Terrence Malick, the movie's chorus of internal monologues yields a line that could be read as a memo to the director himself: "Don't get your head too far up your own ass." Malick is a ...

'Hitchcock/Truffaut': An auteur meets his (movie) maker

/ Dec 7, 2016

'Hitchcock/Truffaut': An auteur meets his (movie) maker

The French got Alfred Hitchcock well before the Americans did. In the 1950s, when the tubby director's Hollywood overlords still regarded him as a producer of light entertainment — the Robert Zemeckis of his day, perhaps — the writers at France's Cahiers du Cinema ...

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

/ Nov 2, 2016

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

While Leonardo DiCaprio's masochistic lead performance garnered greater acclaim, perhaps the most striking aspect of "The Revenant" was the diligence it showed in telling the Native American side of the story. Yet for all the scenes of authentic Arikara dialogue, the indigenous characters in ...

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

Oct 19, 2016

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

While sifting through the movies submitted for this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), competition programming director Yoshihiko Yatabe says he noticed a recurring theme. "I was struck by the number of films involving immigrants and refugees," he says. "It's become such a big issue, ...

Shugo Tokumaru gets his friends involved on new album 'Toss'

Oct 13, 2016

Shugo Tokumaru gets his friends involved on new album 'Toss'

A couple of months ago, Shugo Tokumaru released a video on YouTube that showed him preparing an elaborate meal from an unlikely set of ingredients. In it, he took a selection of toy instruments — a ukulele, a recorder, some castanets, a party horn ...