Yves Saint Laurent

Sep 3, 2014

Yves Saint Laurent

One of the most iconic designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent made a stunning debut at age 21 and seemingly never stopped enthralling the world with his creations. This movie tells us otherwise: Saint Laurent (played by Pierre Niney) had his share ...

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

Sep 3, 2014

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

Director: Ryan Murphy Language: English, Italian, Portuguese (subtitled in English) Usually I’m wary of movies where privileged first-world women go off on a journey to “find themselves.” This film is based on the best-selling novel by journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, who turned a post-divorce journey ...

She came, she stole and she conquered

Aug 28, 2014

She came, she stole and she conquered

In my family of many brothers, the “Lupin III” animated TV series was the only program we could agree to watch. Once the electric guitar riffs of the Yuji Ohno-penned theme song began, a blissful peace descended on our living room. The fighting stopped ...

Farewell to Taiwanese cinema, but not to love

Aug 27, 2014

Farewell to Taiwanese cinema, but not to love

If Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang threw a dinner party, it’s easy to guess who would be invited. Tsai has staunchly and consistently worked with the same small cluster of actors from his 1992 debut film “Rebels of the Neon God” through to “Stray Dogs,” ...

The Finishers (Great Days! Yume ni Idonda Chichi to Ko)

Aug 27, 2014

The Finishers (Great Days! Yume ni Idonda Chichi to Ko)

Boys can be creatures of sheer wonder. That’s the takeaway conviction after watching “Des Toutes Nos Forces (released in English as “The Finishers”). By boys, I mean young (or young at heart) men with pure minds and high ideals, willing to push themselves to ...

Lucy

Aug 27, 2014

Lucy

“Lucy” is a big movie with a narrow mind; it speaks of all that used to work in a Luc Besson film and doesn’t anymore because we’re no longer in 1989. Besson ignores that, but he’s kept up with current times in other ways. ...

Riddick (Riddick: Galaxy Battle)

Aug 27, 2014

Riddick (Riddick: Galaxy Battle)

Director: David Twohy Language: English Even if you hate Vin Diesel, perhaps there’s a tiny, dark part of you that secretly likes him? Liking Vin Diesel (even a tiny bit) is one of the prerequisites for sitting through the “Riddick” series, since he plays ...

The Great Beauty

Aug 20, 2014

The Great Beauty

‘The Great Beauty” recalls two other films set in Rome: “La Dolce Vita” and “Roman Holiday.” The former takes huge bites out of the city’s decadence and debauchery in much the same way as “The Great Beauty.” The latter takes a mere lick at ...

Sacro GRA

Aug 20, 2014

Sacro GRA

“Sacro GRA” takes the all-roads-lead-to-Rome adage one step further by telling us that one of those roads is actually sacred — the 65-odd-km GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare). It’s Italy’s most expensive highway, circling Rome in one big loop. Documentarian Gianfranco Rosi took his camera ...