Hummingbird

Oct 15, 2014

Hummingbird

Director: Steven Knight Language: English This is almost “Old Boy” remade in London, with Jason Statham in the lead role. Statham is spot-on as an ex-special forces soldier on the run from a court martial. He ducks into the sleazy dreck of London’s underworld ...

iNumber Number: 'Reeks of blood, mud and sweat'

Oct 8, 2014

iNumber Number: 'Reeks of blood, mud and sweat'

“iNumber Number” is the final film in the World Extreme Cinema (WEC) event at the Human Trust Cinema Shibuya, in Tokyo, and suffice to say, it takes the “hit me on a gut level” statement to a new dimension. WEC was designed to showcase ...

Angel Heart

Oct 8, 2014

Angel Heart

Director: Alan Parker Language: English Back in the dark 1980s, this was a scary, scary film and touted as one of Mickey Rourke’s finest performances. Rourke was slim, smooth and effortlessly sexy in this 1987 story about blood lust and voodoo, serial murders and ...

Conjuring the strange brutality of Agota Kristof

Oct 1, 2014

Conjuring the strange brutality of Agota Kristof

Those who loved poring through Agota Kristof’s 1986 novel, “Le Grand Cahier,” have been waiting for a film adaptation for almost two decades. Written by the Hungarian while she was in exile, this was the first book (published in English as “The Notebook”) in ...

Under the Skin: Elegant but queasy piece of cinematic poetry

Oct 1, 2014

Under the Skin: Elegant but queasy piece of cinematic poetry

Jonathan Glazer makes ambitious, scary movies, but he’s not prolific — his last outing was “Birth” (2004), a film starring Nicole Kidman that gave new meaning to the word “creepy.” Now he has made “Under the Skin,” an elegant but queasy piece of cinematic ...

Hostages

Oct 1, 2014

Hostages

Language: English The chilling, mind-blowing conspiracy thriller series “Hostages” is available for rental. Based on an Israeli series of the same name, Toni Collette stars as Ellen, an Oval Office surgeon whose family is held hostage by an FBI agent (Dermott Mulroney) who, for ...

Red Obsession: Turning pale as French wine moves to China

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession: Turning pale as French wine moves to China

Australian filmmaker Warwick Ross (“Reckless Kelly,” “Young Einstein”) is part of a growing trend among directors and producers — he has a day job. “I’m a winemaker and also run a wine business,” says Ross, recently in Tokyo to promote his new film “Red ...