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iNumber Number: 'Reeks of blood, mud and sweat'

Oct 8, 2014

iNumber Number: 'Reeks of blood, mud and sweat'

by Kaori Shoji

“iNumber Number” is the final film in the World Extreme Cinema (WEC) event at the Human Trust Cinema Shibuya, in Tokyo, and suffice to say, it takes the “hit me on a gut level” statement to a new dimension. WEC was designed to showcase ...

Death-row samurai spills ink, not blood

Oct 1, 2014

Death-row samurai spills ink, not blood

by Mark Schilling

Why have samurai movies become so middle-aged and sedate? Starting in the silent days and continuing through their 1950s peak, period films with top-knotted heroes typically featured a big one-against-many finale with flashing swords and the occasional firearm. Especially in the early days, both ...

If I Stay: High school romance with a coma on top

Oct 1, 2014

If I Stay: High school romance with a coma on top

by Giovanni Fazio

This adaptation of Gayle Forman’s best-selling young adult novel from 2009 follows high school teen Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), who is worrying about her boyfriend, college and stuff like that when an auto accident puts her into a coma. The bulk of the film ...

Himself He Cooks

Sep 24, 2014

Himself He Cooks

by Kaori Shoji

‘If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change” is one of Mahatma Ghandi’s most famous maxims and in Punjab, India, there’s a temple that’s a living example of those words. A documentary about that temple, titled “Himself He Cooks,” ...

Red Obsession

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession

by Giovanni Fazio

As someone who drinks a fair bit of wine, allow me to make a heretical statement: French wine is overrated. This is not to suggest that the French are not capable of producing some truly fantastic quaffs, but let’s be frank: If money is ...