'Ironclad: Battle for Blood' (Ironclad Blood War)

Jul 2, 2014

'Ironclad: Battle for Blood' (Ironclad Blood War)

If extraterrestrials visited England in the year 1221, they would have taken one look and gone home. Life was horrible then — full of marauding, armored men, hell-bent on driving the pointy ends of swords into each others’ midriffs. That’s how “Ironclad: Battle for ...

'Downton Abbey'

Jul 2, 2014

'Downton Abbey'

Directors: Various Language: English Created by Julian Fellowes “Downton Abbey” finally comes to Japan. NHK is airing the first season and DVDs will be out on rental shelves starting Aug. 6. The intricacies of English aristocratic relationships unfold in the years following World War ...

Facing death at the Earth's highest reaches

Jun 26, 2014

Facing death at the Earth's highest reaches

Peter Hillary was born in 1954, one year after his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men in history to stand on the summit of Mount Everest. Peter provided the voice-over for his father’s character in a new ...

'Beyond the Edge'

Jun 26, 2014

'Beyond the Edge'

Ah yes, adventure movies. We love the plight of the guy who’s unlikely to make it, just as much as the sight of him defying the odds. Back in the 20th century these movies inspired us to get off our butts and hit a ...

'Oldboy'

Jun 26, 2014

'Oldboy'

For an Asian female, watching Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” in 2003 was somewhat agonizing, akin to a wisdom tooth extraction by a dentist with a limited supply of painkillers. Now Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing,” “Miracle at St. Anna”) has made a remake under ...

'Snowpiercer'

Jun 26, 2014

'Snowpiercer'

Director: Bong Joon-ho Language: English, Korean (subtitled in Japanese) Survivors of a future ice age have boarded a train called “Snowpiercer,” which endlessly circles the globe fueled by a permanent engine designed by the train’s owner, Wilford (Ed Harris). A ruthless class system prevails ...

'Her'

Jun 19, 2014

'Her'

The fact that the promotional poster for “Her” features the lone, male, mustachioed face of Joaquin Phoenix tells you most of what you need to know about this gentlyhorrific tale of the nearfuture. This is a world that very much resembles our own, but ...

'3 Days to Kill'

Jun 19, 2014

'3 Days to Kill'

This is one terrible movie — the equivalent of a date that any sane woman would avoid like bird flu. Now that I’ve stuck on the warning label I can relax, and tell you that I secretly loved “3 Days to Kill.” Directed by ...

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Jun 19, 2014

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Director: Joshua Michael Stern Language: English A century from now, people may look back on the first decade of the millennium and describe it with a single word: Apple. The creator/deity behind that company will also be recalled, though not always with fondness. Watch ...

True confessions of a <em>bijogā</em> (beautiful jogger)

Jun 15, 2014

True confessions of a bijogā (beautiful jogger)

This is the story of a 39-year-old female runner who works in advertising and runs six times a week. Actually I was flattered when asked to recount my story, because in Japan, no one wants to hear from an obasan (おばさん, middle-aged woman), least ...