Should Adam Sandler be slapped for 'The Cobbler'?

Jun 3, 2015

Should Adam Sandler be slapped for 'The Cobbler'?

There have been times when I’ve thought that the reason I was put on the Earth was to keep a strict watch on Adam Sandler. There he was, being his rude, crude, fidgety self with bad posture, and there I was in the screening ...

Capturing the grief and confusion of an immigrant Asian mother

May 27, 2015

Capturing the grief and confusion of an immigrant Asian mother

Asian mothers always seem to overdo it — both in real life and in cinema. “I used to struggle with that during my teens,” says Hong Khaou, the writer and director of “Lilting,” a tale of motherly love and filial devotion (tinged heavily with ...

The must-see list is long at Short Shorts film fest

May 21, 2015

The must-see list is long at Short Shorts film fest

When it comes to getting a movie fix these days, more people opt for their computer screens than venturing outside to a theater. Hollywood has countered this trend with a slew of 3-D blockbusters and cinematic largesse, but how does the short film fare? ...

Danish filmmaker's emotional, queasy 'Second Chance'

May 20, 2015

Danish filmmaker's emotional, queasy 'Second Chance'

Scandinavian countries consistently come out tops on the happiness index but Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (“Love is All You Need”) continues in her apparent quest to dig up the darkest muck in the river bed of the human soul. If you’re familiar with Bier’s ...

Blomkamp's sentimental 'Chappie' comes alive

May 20, 2015

Blomkamp's sentimental 'Chappie' comes alive

‘Chappie” could almost be described as “Three Thugs and a Baby Bot.” Though the story raises Isaac Asimov-like issues of good vs. evil in the context of robot technology and its human creators, philosophy takes a back seat as family sentiments sashay to center ...

Urban planning

| May 20, 2015

Urban planning

“Inside Architecture — Dare mo Shiranai Kenchiku no Hanashi” is a fascinating look at the relationship between money and city planning, economy and architecture. The filmmaker behind this formidable documentary is 38-year-old Tomomi Ishiyama, a Fulbright scholar who studied at New York City University ...

As Geki×Cine raises its game, Amami goes into battle for her man

May 13, 2015

As Geki×Cine raises its game, Amami goes into battle for her man

Geki×Cine isn’t really film and it isn’t theater, but rather an intriguing blend of the two. With geki meaning “stage,” and “cine” representing film, the finished productions are shown on the big screen. So are they stage-to-screen adaptations? Most certainly not. More accurately, they ...