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Lubezki achieves the extraordinary long shot

Apr 20, 2016

Lubezki achieves the extraordinary long shot

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At this year’s Oscars, while everyone was fuming about the academy’s lack of diversity, few bothered to notice an incredible achievement: Mexican cameraman Emmanuel Lubezki, also known by his nickname “Chivo,” became the first person ever to win three Oscars in a row for ...

'I Am a Hero': Japanese zombies pick up the pace

Apr 20, 2016

'I Am a Hero': Japanese zombies pick up the pace

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Horror films here have traditionally featured vengeful female ghosts, but Japanese filmmakers do also take cues from Hollywood, where zombies have long flourished since George Romero’s seminal “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and “Dawn of the Dead” (1978). Even so, Japanese zombie films, ...

'The Revenant': Revenge is less sweet than bloody

Apr 20, 2016

'The Revenant': Revenge is less sweet than bloody

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With last year’s “Birdman,” it became clear that director Alejandro G. Inarritu no longer just wanted to make good films, he aimed to make great ones. Every scene, every shot in that film seemed designed to surpass the conventional. Inarritu’s latest, “The Revenant”, shares ...

'Here's Harold' sends Ikea flat-packing

| Apr 20, 2016

'Here's Harold' sends Ikea flat-packing

Call me a crank, but I’m not a fan of Ikea — not even of its famed cafeteria. So when I heard “Here is Harold” was a “Down-with-Ikea!” movie, I wanted to fly straight to Norway and shake the director Gunnar Vikene’s hand. Vikene ...

‘Spotlight’: a beacon for investigative journalism

Apr 13, 2016

‘Spotlight’: a beacon for investigative journalism

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In 1976 the film “All the President’s Men” portrayed the true story of Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford) uncovering the Watergate Scandal. It wasn’t the first time in cinema that journalists took center stage, but it ...

Okita keeps every hair in place

Apr 13, 2016

Okita keeps every hair in place

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Millions of Japanese have come from the countryside to find their fortunes in Tokyo, with most arriving in the postwar boom when jobs were everywhere and the future looked bright. But many, like the punk rocker hero of Shuichi Okita’s offbeat, warm-hearted family comedy ...

'Youth': Sorrentino gets extra sentimental

Apr 13, 2016

'Youth': Sorrentino gets extra sentimental

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“I don’t want to read any more of it, write any more of it, I don’t even want to talk about it anymore,” said the novelist Philip Roth in 2012, as he announced his retirement from literature. “I’m tired of all that work. I’m ...

'Lowlife Love': The shady love of the film industry

Apr 6, 2016

'Lowlife Love': The shady love of the film industry

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According to Eiren (Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan), 581 Japanese films were released domestically last year, many of which were low-budget productions shown in small numbers of theaters. Beneath these films “officially” recognized by Eiren is a substratum of straight-to-DVD fare. And at ...