Down and out with Tokyo's manga artists

Sep 30, 2015

Down and out with Tokyo's manga artists

That Japanese movies are often adapted from Japanese manga is no secret. Less well known is the subgenre of films about the lives of some Japanese mangaka (manga artists), which is informally known as mangakamono. Many of these fictional biopics have gone on to ...

'San Andreas' struggles to hold water in post-3/11 Japan

Sep 9, 2015

'San Andreas' struggles to hold water in post-3/11 Japan

In the 1970s, Hollywood disaster movies were a lucrative genre. In 1974 “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno” were released, and the decade saw the box-office success of multiple “Airport” films. It was an age when the Cold War was in full swing and the ...

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

Sep 2, 2015

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

When you’re a film critic, you are occasionally assailed by one of two overwhelming urges: first, to quit, and second, to punch Adam Sandler in the face. “Pixels” is that rare movie in which both come at once, followed closely by a third urge: ...