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 ...

Lee Daniels' The Butler (originally released as 'The Butler)

Aug 20, 2014

Lee Daniels' The Butler (originally released as "The Butler)

Director: Lee Daniels Language: English “The Butler” is based on the real-life story of an African-American butler who worked in the White House and served eight presidents before retiring in 2008. The film combines the unsavory history of American racism with various vignettes of ...

Tavarataivas (365 Nichi no Simple Life)

Aug 13, 2014

Tavarataivas (365 Nichi no Simple Life)

Perhaps you are aware of the tiny house movement, where people move into a teensy-tiny house with the barest of amenities, or Project 333, where people choose to dress with only 33 items for three months or longer. Both have gained significant interest over ...

Bajari (Gypsy Flamenco)

Aug 13, 2014

Bajari (Gypsy Flamenco)

As the world becomes more digitized, human beings begin to seem much less physical. Sometimes it feels as though people have no clue what to do with their bodies anymore. But in Barcelona’s Gypsy community, the flame of Flamenco burns as brightly as it ...

Almost Human

Aug 13, 2014

Almost Human

Language: English I have a thing for dudes and a thing for cops, and “Almost Human” combines the two like mint leaves and white rum in a tall glass. Created by J. H. Wyman, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams is the executive producer behind ...

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

Aug 13, 2014

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

It was an open secret among Japanese film distribution companies that Robin Williams, who died at his California home on Monday in an apparent suicide, was a “yobitai sutaa” (“a want-to-invite star”). Unlike other Hollywood celebrities, Williams was famed for two things: He never ...

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

| Aug 11, 2014

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

Summertime in Japan is tinged with sadness, not just because we have to drag ourselves through this kirokutekina mōsho (記録的な猛暑, record-breaking heat), but because we must deal with the annual arrival of the “shūsenkinenbi (終戦記念日, the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War),” ...

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

Aug 6, 2014

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

There is such a thing as a Japanese dream, and in many ways it’s a lot like the American dream. Japanese hip-hop artist Anarchy’s dream has to do with escape, money and, ultimately, getting to a place where he can perform in a music ...