Wild Card: 'Jason Statham doing the same thing he always does'

Jan 28, 2015

Wild Card: 'Jason Statham doing the same thing he always does'

Moviemakers love Jason Statham. How else to describe the fact that he’s consistently played the same type of guy in the same type of situations for two decades, without ever being required to change a thing. Other action stars branch out into romantic comedies, ...

Jemaine Clement: Bloodsucking and bored at the end of the world

Jan 21, 2015

Jemaine Clement: Bloodsucking and bored at the end of the world

The newest vampire movie to take film festivals by storm, “What We Do in the Shadows,” is the work of two New Zealanders: actor Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”) and actor/director Taika Waititi (“Boy”). Together they wrote, directed and star in a movie ...

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 ...