Tom Cruise has 'Mummy' issues

/ Jul 26, 2017

Tom Cruise has 'Mummy' issues

'The Mummy" begins with one main premise: Tom Cruise still has it. It ends with a promise: Tom Cruise will always have it. Assuming you're on board with those statements, you'll have a blast. On its own, however, "The Mummy" is pretty weird. It's like ...

'Okja' reminds us of friendship and factory farming

/ Jul 19, 2017

'Okja' reminds us of friendship and factory farming

Bong Joon-ho's latest film, "Okja," received a four-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in May, an about-face reaction from the loud boos heard at the beginning of the screening. Those were likely due to a technical failure that delayed the screening for ...

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

| Jul 13, 2017

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

Despite being a fantastic go-to costume on Halloween, witches in the West have never had it easy. There were the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, and similar trials elsewhere in North America and Europe through the 17th century, which served as warnings to ...

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

/ Jul 12, 2017

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

Hot and humid Japanese summers call for kaidan, scary stories that send shivers down the spine. In the days before we had air conditioning, kids would gather around after dinner to tell and listen to those terrifying tales in an effort to chill out ...

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

Jun 29, 2017

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

For fans of the ikemen (handsome dude), Wowow's new mini-series "Akira and Akira" is like manna from heaven. Kicking off July 9, it stars actors Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito, and the hype at this point may as well be soundtracked by The Weather ...

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Jun 21, 2017

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Hiroyuki Ikeuchi has what we refer to in showbiz as "the look." Sure, the 40-year-old actor has been working as an actor since his teens, even stepping behind the camera in 2006 for "Thirteen Moons." But it's his distinctive look that people remember. He can ...