Topics

A more potent beauty, a more complex beast

Nov 5, 2014

A more potent beauty, a more complex beast

by Kaori Shoji

Some people under 40 are likely to think “Beauty and the Beast” is a classic story created by Disney in 1991. But that animated movie, which has enthralled millions of little girls and boys (and many of their parents, too), was actually based on ...

Parasyte: Gory invasion of the cannibal body snatchers

Nov 5, 2014

Parasyte: Gory invasion of the cannibal body snatchers

by Mark Schilling

The closing film of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, Takashi Yamazaki’s “Kiseiju: Part 1 (Parasyte: Part 1),” arrives in theaters with a lot of hype. Based on Hitoshi Iwaaki’s best-selling manga about the stealth invasion of Earth by alien parasites, the film is ...

Eien no 0 (The Eternal Zero)

Nov 5, 2014

Eien no 0 (The Eternal Zero)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Takashi Yamazaki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Takashi Yamazaki’s 2013 film about World War II kamikaze pilots generated both big box-office receipts and major controversy. Boiled down, it’s about one pilot’s wish to return home alive, despite being branded a coward by his ...

Blue Jasmine

Nov 5, 2014

Blue Jasmine

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Woody Allen Language: English A woman who has it all is not often a happy creature, but a woman who once had it all and lost everything can be dangerous to mankind. Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her role as Jasmine, an ...

The Queen of Versailles

Nov 5, 2014

The Queen of Versailles

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Lauren Greenfield Language: English Lauren Greenfield sought to make a documentary on real-estate mogul David Siegel and his trophy wife, Jackie — a couple whose lifestyle defines “filthy rich.” Halfway through shooting, the 2008 financial meltdown occurs, and the Siegels find themselves at ...