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'Wild Tales' and black comedy from the dark heart of Argentina

Jul 22, 2015

'Wild Tales' and black comedy from the dark heart of Argentina

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Forget about all the brassy, effects-laden blockbusters crowding the multiplexes this summer: For sheer entertainment value, none are likely to top this Argentine-Spanish anthology of comic shorts. Rich in black humor and satirical invective, “Wild Tales” became the most successful Argentinian movie of all ...

| Jul 22, 2015

In search of male 'members' great and small

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Iceland has everything that matters. There’s Bjork, of course. There’s Skyr yogurt, widely acknowledged to be the best on the planet. And they’ve got a place called The Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world’s only museum dedicated to the penis, run by Sigurour Hjartarson. For ...

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

| Jul 15, 2015

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

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Rich, famous, semi-retired people commonly take up good causes (based on whatever they define as “good”), but animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki does things differently. Instead of penning an op-ed or speaking at a rally, he recently invited members of the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...

Mass murder and Sion Sono

Jul 8, 2015

Mass murder and Sion Sono

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A disturbed individual kills, and the media searches for reasons why. Sometimes, the killer obligingly cites a pop culture phenomenon as inspiration. Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, saw himself as the living embodiment of Holden Caulfield, the hero of J.D. ...