Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

Feb 11, 2015

Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

France’s Alain Resnais (“Hiroshima mon amour,” “Last Year at Marienbad”) died last year at age 91, with 50 titles to his name and a career that spanned more than six decades. His final film, “Life of Riley,” was completed shortly before he passed away. ...

Utopia

Feb 11, 2015

Utopia

Language: English A familiar dystopian tale unfolds in this U.K. TV series, which is available for streaming online. “Utopia” doesn’t burst with originality but there’s an intriguing Orwellian flavor to it that’s hard to resist. A group of people discover the sequel to a ...

Plumbing the delicious depths of February with ume

| Feb 9, 2015

Plumbing the delicious depths of February with ume

Traditionally, Kisaragi (如月, the old name for February) was considered a month of hope — a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. Before the nation switched to the Western calendar, it was the month for ushering in Oshōgatsu (お正月, New Year) ...

Growing younger in a super-aged society

Feb 4, 2015

Growing younger in a super-aged society

Old age. It used to be a subject people tried to avoid, but now, as Japan hurtles toward a super-aged society where almost 15 percent of the populace is over 75 years old, the general feeling is that we had better deal with it. ...

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

Feb 4, 2015

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

You know when a boy and girl meet, hit it off, but keep the relationship platonic — and it’s sweet and memorable forever? This practically never happens in the movies. The last time it did (as far I can recall) was in “Once” back ...

The Face of Love: 'Falling for a doppelganger'

Feb 4, 2015

The Face of Love: 'Falling for a doppelganger'

Back in the 20th century, there was an unwritten consensus of sorts that actors and actresses over a certain age should not be involved in heavyweight love scenes. But over the last decade, veteran performers have been cast in romantic comedies of all kinds, ...

The Suspect (Suspect: Kanashiki Yogi-Sha)

Feb 4, 2015

The Suspect (Suspect: Kanashiki Yogi-Sha)

Director: Won Shin-yeon Language: Korean (subtitled in English) This is the South Korean version of the “Bourne” series and unabashedly copies its premise, camerawork and editing. Dong-cheol (Yoo Gong) is a South Korean agent working in the North, but one day he’s ditched by ...

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, ...