7-year-old 'Detective Conan' deserves more credit

| Jun 17, 2015

7-year-old 'Detective Conan' deserves more credit

For the past two decades I’ve nurtured a secret love for Conan, the boy detective of the “Meitantei Conan” (“Case Closed”) series — both Gosho Aoyama’s manga, which started in 1994, and the TV anime that began in 1996. The Japanese movie industry may ...

Surviving flamboyantly in a super-aged society

Jun 10, 2015

Surviving flamboyantly in a super-aged society

The older you get, the more you need to live in the city. Simone de Beauvoir once said that to her biographer, and it’s probably true. As an iconic presence on the streets of Paris until her death in 1986, de Beauvoir showed that ...

Should Adam Sandler be slapped for 'The Cobbler'?

Jun 3, 2015

Should Adam Sandler be slapped for 'The Cobbler'?

There have been times when I’ve thought that the reason I was put on the Earth was to keep a strict watch on Adam Sandler. There he was, being his rude, crude, fidgety self with bad posture, and there I was in the screening ...

Capturing the grief and confusion of an immigrant Asian mother

May 27, 2015

Capturing the grief and confusion of an immigrant Asian mother

Asian mothers always seem to overdo it — both in real life and in cinema. “I used to struggle with that during my teens,” says Hong Khaou, the writer and director of “Lilting,” a tale of motherly love and filial devotion (tinged heavily with ...

The must-see list is long at Short Shorts film fest

May 21, 2015

The must-see list is long at Short Shorts film fest

When it comes to getting a movie fix these days, more people opt for their computer screens than venturing outside to a theater. Hollywood has countered this trend with a slew of 3-D blockbusters and cinematic largesse, but how does the short film fare? ...

Danish filmmaker's emotional, queasy 'Second Chance'

May 20, 2015

Danish filmmaker's emotional, queasy 'Second Chance'

Scandinavian countries consistently come out tops on the happiness index but Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (“Love is All You Need”) continues in her apparent quest to dig up the darkest muck in the river bed of the human soul. If you’re familiar with Bier’s ...