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The ballad of Sam Peckinpah is written in blood

Sep 23, 2015

The ballad of Sam Peckinpah is written in blood

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Over the years, the idea of so-called auteur filmmaking has become identified with a certain breed of art-house cinema. A short list of American auteurs would probably include directors such as Woody Allen, Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson — but not someone like ...

A mopey, dopey 'Twilight' for hipsters

Sep 23, 2015

A mopey, dopey 'Twilight' for hipsters

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Part of the reason for the great financial crash of 2007 was bad lending practices. Basically, anything that walked through the door on two legs and not drooling would be given a home mortgage, regardless of the risk. It seems like such irrational behavior ...

Japan through the lens of its film genres

Sep 16, 2015

Japan through the lens of its film genres

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As a new reporter for a movie trade magazine, I quickly learned that every film has its genre — even ones that don’t play by genre rules. The industry slices genre-straddling films into discrete categories: action, comedy, sci-fi, etc. Call it crude, but this ...

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

Sep 16, 2015

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

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Koji Fukada’s 2013 beach film “Hotori no Sakuko” (“Au Revoir l’Ete”) was a loving homage to French master Eric Rohmer, with lengthy European-style vacations bestowed on Fukada’s Japanese protagonists. The film’s production company, Wa Entertainment, has now made another Rohmer-esque ensemble drama, “San-paku Yokka ...