I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded <I>yome</I>

| Mar 9, 2014

I hereby take myself as my lawfully wedded yome

I was trudging home the other night with a dōryō (同僚, colleague) after another in a series of sābisu zangyō (サービス残業, unpaid overtime) sessions, debating whether to skip dinner or stop off at the nearest 24-hour sūpā (スーパー, supermarket). Out of the blue, my ...

'12 Years a Slave'

Mar 6, 2014

'12 Years a Slave'

It’s hard to resist comparing “12 Years a Slave” with “The Butler.” Both are based on real men and their stories — “The Butler” is an insider’s look at the black American experience from the mid 20th century to about the time Barack Obama ...

'RoboCop'

Mar 6, 2014

'RoboCop'

This reboot (roboot?) of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 kinetic action classic reprises the concept of man-as-machine and vice versa, this time in the blindingly white conference room of evil conglomerate OmniCorp, as its executives ponder how best to deploy their newest creation. This is police ...

'Oh Boy'

Feb 27, 2014

'Oh Boy'

They say that the EU in its current state of capitalism is a mirror of America in the 1990s. (Remember what that was like? It wasn’t all bad, really.) This certainly applies to the Berlin-set micro universe of “Oh Boy,” whose very title smells ...

'Do You Know What My Name is?'

Feb 27, 2014

'Do You Know What My Name is?'

There’s no getting away from the fact that Japan is a super-senior society. Age is on our minds, so it’s surprising how Japanese films dealing with old age are rarely upbeat, especially those tackling dementia and other mental illnesses that come with growing old. ...

'2 Guns'

Feb 27, 2014

'2 Guns'

Director: Baltasar Kormakur Language: English “2 Guns” resides in the purgatory of big-budget, stellar-cast productions that somehow get passed over. Denzel Washington stars as an undercover drug agent, Mark Wahlberg as a hit man. Together they pull off a bank heist, each with a ...

'Dallas Buyers Club'

Feb 20, 2014

'Dallas Buyers Club'

Who would have thought Matthew McConaughey was capable of being despicable? The actor formerly mostly noted for turning in performances of unreliable but easy-on-the-eyes boyfriend material (“Contact,” “Wedding Planner,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” etc) could be about to bag his first Oscar with his ...

'The Trials of Cate McCall'

Feb 20, 2014

'The Trials of Cate McCall'

“The Trials of Cate McCall” takes you back to the days of courtroom dramas when cool female legal eagles were played by the likes of Glenn Close and Greta Scacchi, not to mention the original Legal Eagle herself, Debra Winger. Edgy and suggestive, the ...

'Odd Thomas'

Feb 20, 2014

'Odd Thomas'

Director: Stephen Sommers Language: English Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is clairvoyant, and can see death before it strikes. This makes his life pretty complicated, despite the best efforts of his adorable girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin). Their relationship and Odd’s love for his town and ...

A butler who brought color to the White House

Feb 13, 2014

A butler who brought color to the White House

“The Butler” director Lee Daniels didn’t start out as a filmmaker but as an owner of a nursing agency in Los Angeles. “So I know how to gather funds, get the people, and treat filmmaking like a business,” he tells The Japan Times. “At ...