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Acting brings magic to otherwise flat script

May 7, 2015

Acting brings magic to otherwise flat script

by Kaori Shoji

“Horns” is a stewing, blood-infused cauldron of atmospheric horror — and you can expect no less from director Alexandre Aja whose track record so far is frightening (“Piranha 3D,” “High Tension”). With “Horns,” however, Aja has ventured into adaptation territory (up till now, he ...

Is there life after death for Japan's aging women?

Apr 29, 2015

Is there life after death for Japan's aging women?

by Mark Schilling

When Katsumi Sakaguchi quit working as a documentary filmmaker in the spring 2008 to look after his mother Suchie, he thought he was doing the right thing. Then 78, Suchie was suffering from what Sakaguchi describes as “mental confusion” following the death of her ...

Takeshi Kitano's gang of nursing-home yakuza

Apr 29, 2015

Takeshi Kitano's gang of nursing-home yakuza

by Mark Schilling

Takeshi Kitano has had some of his biggest critical and commercial successes with gangster films, beginning with his 1993 international breakthrough “Sonatine” and continuing through to his 2012 hit “Outrage Beyond” (“Beyond Outrage”), which screened in competition at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. But ...

Ukraine's young actress in a coded world without sound

Apr 22, 2015

Ukraine's young actress in a coded world without sound

by Kaori Shoji

Yana Novikova is a 21-year-old Ukranian actress who was born deaf. She is one of the leads in “The Tribe,” a near-silent film starring a cast of deaf actors who communicate only through sign and body language. There are no subtitles. Helping her communicate ...

OMG, are GMOs altering our bodies?

Apr 22, 2015

OMG, are GMOs altering our bodies?

by Kaori Shoji

Oh, for the innocent days of old, when one could lick ice cream cones or eat cupcakes with pink icing without thinking anything except “Do I get seconds?” Nowadays, no eating experience can be defined by such blissful ignorance, unless you want to get ...