Surviving the latest trend in American cinema

Mar 13, 2014

Surviving the latest trend in American cinema

Who is this man? The protagonist in “All is Lost” is also its sole character — an older (but astoundingly fit) stranded sailor portrayed by 77-year-old Robert Redford. He’s unnamed, and does not speak except for right at the beginning of the film when ...

'Frozen'

Mar 13, 2014

'Frozen'

Frozen” is a story of two journeys: one of Princess Anna, who wants to rescue her kingdom from a permanent winter, and the other of her older sister Elsa, who (unintentionally) generated the blizzard that has entrapped their castle and its surroundings in mile-high ...

'Philomena'

Mar 13, 2014

'Philomena'

The Catholic Church in Ireland has much to answer for in “Philomena,” the real-life story of an Irish woman who was thrown into a convent as a pregnant teenager and forcibly separated from her baby son when he was 3 years old. She spent ...

The Frozen Ground

Mar 13, 2014

The Frozen Ground

Director: Scott Walker Language: English Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, together in a crime suspense drama in Alaska: How heavenly to see two Hollywood actors who have worked since the 1980s bring solid craftsmanship to roles they could have knocked out with their eyes ...

I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded <I>yome</I>

| Mar 9, 2014

I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded yome

I was trudging home the other night with a dōryō (同僚, colleague) after another in a series of sābisu zangyō (サービス残業, unpaid overtime) sessions, debating whether to skip dinner or stop off at the nearest 24-hour sūpā (スーパー, supermarket). Out of the blue, my ...

'12 Years a Slave'

Mar 6, 2014

'12 Years a Slave'

It’s hard to resist comparing “12 Years a Slave” with “The Butler.” Both are based on real men and their stories — “The Butler” is an insider’s look at the black American experience from the mid 20th century to about the time Barack Obama ...

'RoboCop'

Mar 6, 2014

'RoboCop'

This reboot (roboot?) of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 kinetic action classic reprises the concept of man-as-machine and vice versa, this time in the blindingly white conference room of evil conglomerate OmniCorp, as its executives ponder how best to deploy their newest creation. This is police ...

'Oh Boy'

Feb 27, 2014

'Oh Boy'

They say that the EU in its current state of capitalism is a mirror of America in the 1990s. (Remember what that was like? It wasn’t all bad, really.) This certainly applies to the Berlin-set micro universe of “Oh Boy,” whose very title smells ...

'Do You Know What My Name is?'

Feb 27, 2014

'Do You Know What My Name is?'

There’s no getting away from the fact that Japan is a super-senior society. Age is on our minds, so it’s surprising how Japanese films dealing with old age are rarely upbeat, especially those tackling dementia and other mental illnesses that come with growing old. ...

'2 Guns'

Feb 27, 2014

'2 Guns'

Director: Baltasar Kormakur Language: English “2 Guns” resides in the purgatory of big-budget, stellar-cast productions that somehow get passed over. Denzel Washington stars as an undercover drug agent, Mark Wahlberg as a hit man. Together they pull off a bank heist, each with a ...