Sacro GRA

Aug 20, 2014

Sacro GRA

“Sacro GRA” takes the all-roads-lead-to-Rome adage one step further by telling us that one of those roads is actually sacred — the 65-odd-km GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare). It’s Italy’s most expensive highway, circling Rome in one big loop. Documentarian Gianfranco Rosi took his camera ...

Lee Daniels' The Butler (originally released as 'The Butler)

Aug 20, 2014

Lee Daniels' The Butler (originally released as "The Butler)

Director: Lee Daniels Language: English “The Butler” is based on the real-life story of an African-American butler who worked in the White House and served eight presidents before retiring in 2008. The film combines the unsavory history of American racism with various vignettes of ...

Tavarataivas (365 Nichi no Simple Life)

Aug 13, 2014

Tavarataivas (365 Nichi no Simple Life)

Perhaps you are aware of the tiny house movement, where people move into a teensy-tiny house with the barest of amenities, or Project 333, where people choose to dress with only 33 items for three months or longer. Both have gained significant interest over ...

Bajari (Gypsy Flamenco)

Aug 13, 2014

Bajari (Gypsy Flamenco)

As the world becomes more digitized, human beings begin to seem much less physical. Sometimes it feels as though people have no clue what to do with their bodies anymore. But in Barcelona’s Gypsy community, the flame of Flamenco burns as brightly as it ...

Almost Human

Aug 13, 2014

Almost Human

Language: English I have a thing for dudes and a thing for cops, and “Almost Human” combines the two like mint leaves and white rum in a tall glass. Created by J. H. Wyman, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams is the executive producer behind ...

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

Aug 13, 2014

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

It was an open secret among Japanese film distribution companies that Robin Williams, who died at his California home on Monday in an apparent suicide, was a “yobitai sutaa” (“a want-to-invite star”). Unlike other Hollywood celebrities, Williams was famed for two things: He never ...

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

| Aug 11, 2014

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

Summertime in Japan is tinged with sadness, not just because we have to drag ourselves through this kirokutekina mōsho (記録的な猛暑, record-breaking heat), but because we must deal with the annual arrival of the “shūsenkinenbi (終戦記念日, the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War),” ...

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

Aug 6, 2014

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

There is such a thing as a Japanese dream, and in many ways it’s a lot like the American dream. Japanese hip-hop artist Anarchy’s dream has to do with escape, money and, ultimately, getting to a place where he can perform in a music ...

Dabba

Aug 6, 2014

Dabba

The Japanese may feel like they have perfected bentō (lunchbox) culture, but India has a formidable lunchbox culture of its own, in the form of the dabba. Some 6 million of these meals are delivered each day to offices in Mumbai by dabbawallahs, and ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Aug 6, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Director: Marc Webb Language: English Skinny, geeky, sweet Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man in this second installment of “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise. After finishing high school, Peter and girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) go their separate ways — but just when the ...