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Yokudo: Lingering but confused gaze of indie director

Nov 26, 2014

Yokudo: Lingering but confused gaze of indie director

by Mark Schilling

Major film festivals, with their hurry-hurry schedules, are places to polish your sound bites, not launch into nuanced disquisitions. People want your opinion in 25 words or less. When someone asked me what I thought of Kiki Sugino’s “Yokudo (Taksu)” after a screening at ...

Monica Z: 'Shaky rise of Sweden's best-loved chanteuse'

Nov 26, 2014

Monica Z: 'Shaky rise of Sweden's best-loved chanteuse'

by Kaori Shoji

Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund was her country’s best-loved chanteuse, but she wanted more. And the one thing that gave her a chance at global stardom? She could sing in English without a European accent. “Monica Z” (International Title: “Waltz For Monica”) tells the ...

Dhoom 3: 'Bollywood and Hollywood in equal portions'

Nov 26, 2014

Dhoom 3: 'Bollywood and Hollywood in equal portions'

by Kaori Shoji

The first “Dhoom” (2004) was more Bollywood than serious action movie, and then “Dhoom: 2″ (2006) upped the ante by bringing in some A-list actors and easing off the dancing. Now, with the third edition to the series, it seems director/co-writer Vijay Krishna Acharya ...

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

Nov 19, 2014

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s first job out of college was working at a halfway home for troubled teens and, rather like author Ken Kesey’s stint working at a mental institution, he clearly gained some insight and a fistful of vivid characters from the experience. ...