Les Reines du Ring (Japan title: Mama wa Wrestling Queen)

Jan 21, 2015

Les Reines du Ring (Japan title: Mama wa Wrestling Queen)

Director: Jean-Marc Rudnicki Language: French (subtitled in Japanese and English) It’s hard to win the love and support of a teenage child, and the cards are stacked against Rose (Marilou Berry) because she just got out of a correctional institute and the gulf between ...

What's worth getting excited about in 2015?

| Jan 19, 2015

What's worth getting excited about in 2015?

A general sentiment of self-restraint, bukkadaka (物価高, the high cost of living) and enyasu (円安, the weak yen) culminated in an Oshōgatsuyasumi (お正月休み, New Year’s holiday) where more people stayed put and fewer traveled to exotic overseas destinations. According to Internet research company Do ...

Taken 3

Jan 15, 2015

Taken 3

Luc Besson and his protege, Olivier Megaton, have probably burned more fossil fuel and blown up more vehicles between them than a post-bankruptcy Detroit. In an age when many filmmakers are trying to go green, you’d think there would be a quota on car ...

Frederick Wiseman in communion with an art musuem

Jan 14, 2015

Frederick Wiseman in communion with an art musuem

One of the most distinctive and unique documentarians of our time, Frederick Wiseman, 85, is famed for two things: an utter disdain of explanatory narration and an exhaustive fascination with his subjects. Since 1967 — when he produced and directed “Titicut Follies,” a documentary ...

The Love Punch

Jan 14, 2015

The Love Punch

Director: Joel Hopkins Language: English Released just over a month ago, “The Love Punch” has already gone from theater to DVD shelves. Still, this is a good movie and it confirms that veteran British performers are always a pleasure to watch. Pierce Brosnan is ...

Passion and prejudice in 1930s Ireland

Jan 7, 2015

Passion and prejudice in 1930s Ireland

“Jimmy’s Hall” is a glimpse into Ireland in 1932 when the country was in a relative lull between wars, turmoil and strife. Director Ken Loach has consistently worked to bring the lives of the United Kingdom’s working class to cinema screens. “Jimmy’s Hall” is ...

Trash: 'inside Rio de Janeiro's rotten core'

Jan 7, 2015

Trash: 'inside Rio de Janeiro's rotten core'

‘Trash” takes on greed and garbage — two issues that are linked to crucial global problems of climate change and poverty. These issues are really all part of one big family of troubles, but if one of these factors can be destroyed, chances are ...