Modern Family

Dec 3, 2014

Modern Family

Language: English This Emmy Award-winning TV series, now in its sixth season, is available for viewing on hulu.jp. Ed O’Neill stars as Jay Pritchett, the head of a diverse and sprawling family whose members have minds of their own and attitudes to match. It’s ...

| Dec 1, 2014

Reality took the shine off Abe's hopes for women in 2014

So this is what I heard: This past year, women were supposedly kagaiteiru (輝いている, shining) in Japan — and their sheen is part of a national policy to value and honor the Japanese female. Excuse me for saying so, but “Usssooo! (うっそおお!, That’s a ...

Documentaries at the margins of modern life

Nov 26, 2014

Documentaries at the margins of modern life

There is no film festival in Japan quite like the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF). Going against the current of easy entertainment and mind-numbing CGI, the festival is a solid, seriously cinematic event held in Yamagata every two years. From its inception in ...

Monica Z: 'Shaky rise of Sweden's best-loved chanteuse'

Nov 26, 2014

Monica Z: 'Shaky rise of Sweden's best-loved chanteuse'

Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund was her country’s best-loved chanteuse, but she wanted more. And the one thing that gave her a chance at global stardom? She could sing in English without a European accent. “Monica Z” (International Title: “Waltz For Monica”) tells the ...

Dhoom 3: 'Bollywood and Hollywood in equal portions'

Nov 26, 2014

Dhoom 3: 'Bollywood and Hollywood in equal portions'

The first “Dhoom” (2004) was more Bollywood than serious action movie, and then “Dhoom: 2″ (2006) upped the ante by bringing in some A-list actors and easing off the dancing. Now, with the third edition to the series, it seems director/co-writer Vijay Krishna Acharya ...

Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need is Kill)

Nov 26, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need is Kill)

Director: Doug Liman Language: English Just when you think you take can’t any more Tom Cruise, here’s a movie that shows him as something new — weak, sly and ingratiating. Cage (Cruise) is forced into combat in a futuristic society threatened by aliens and ...

Atom Egoyan raises demons in 'Devil's Knot'

Nov 13, 2014

Atom Egoyan raises demons in 'Devil's Knot'

When three children were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, the case quickly developed into a massive media spectacle. After just a month of investigating, police arrested three teenagers, and the case was quickly taken to trial. Known as the “West Memphis Three,” ...

Devil's Knot

Nov 13, 2014

Devil's Knot

One summer afternoon in 1993, three young boys named Stevie, Christopher and Michael went to play at a local nature spot called Robin Hood Hills in West Memphis, Arkansas. Stevie’s mom, Pam (Reese Witherspoon), told him to be home by 4:30 p.m., but the ...