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Return to Homs

Oct 29, 2014

Return to Homs

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Talal Derki Language: Arabic (subtitled in English) It’s easy to forget that the war in Syria began when peaceful protests against the Assad dictatorship were met by a harsh military crackdown. This harrowing and unforgettable documentary follows 18-year-old Basset, a goalkeeper for the ...

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

Oct 29, 2014

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Rather than seeking bloody vengeance, Takeshi Kitano, director of yakuza films “Violent Cop,” “Outrage” and “Beyond Outrage,” expressed his frustrations with the domestic film industry with pointed comments at a recent talk event in Tokyo. One of Japan’s foremost filmmakers and TV personalities, Kitano ...

Marvel unveils huge slate of new superhero films

Oct 29, 2014

Marvel unveils huge slate of new superhero films

by Michael Thurston

Marvel unveiled plans Tuesday for a slate of new superhero films, expanding its already wildly successful comic book universe — and breaking ground with its first solo black and female hero movies. In a surprise announcement, the studio revealed there will be a new ...

Scenes from Tokyo International Film Festival 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Scenes from Tokyo International Film Festival 2014

The made-in-Japan anime moves into the spotlight for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. Accordingly Ultraman and Doraeman and other less famous characters dropped by the festival on opening day to take part in the red carpet event.

TIFF Critic's Picks: Japanese directors to watch

Oct 22, 2014

TIFF Critic's Picks: Japanese directors to watch

by Mark Schilling

Despite TIFF’s anime focus this year, its lineup of live-action Japanese films is as wide ranging as ever, with one glaring exception: Classic Japanese movies are almost nowhere on the program, and only one Japanese film, Daisuke Yoshida’s “Kami no Tsuki (Pale Moon),” is ...

WTF: 'offensive and extreme hidden camera put-ons'

Oct 22, 2014

WTF: 'offensive and extreme hidden camera put-ons'

by Giovanni Fazio

You could call prankster Remi Gaillard the Johnny Knoxville of France. The videos he uploads to YouTube — offensive and extreme hidden camera put-ons, often involving enraging people with some outrageous stunt — certainly have that “Jackass” feel to them. But it would be ...

Kiyosu Kaigi (The Kiyosu Conference)

Oct 22, 2014

Kiyosu Kaigi (The Kiyosu Conference)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Koki Mitani Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) A historic 1582 conference to decide the fate of the shogunate following warlord Oda Nobunaga’s death may not sound like the stuff of comedy, but Koki Mitani extracts laughs from the schemes and foibles of the ...