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'Backtrack': Haunted by other people's pasts

May 4, 2016

'Backtrack': Haunted by other people's pasts

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These days, according to a New York Times Opinionator article by Richard Brouillette (March 16, 2015), the psychotherapist’s job is on shifting ground. Doctors are now dealing less with relationships and family problems and treating more patients suffering from workplace trauma and financial stress. ...

'Victoria': One girl, one city, one take, one dud

May 4, 2016

'Victoria': One girl, one city, one take, one dud

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Shortly after finishing a column the other day where I focused on Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and the beauty and power of his long single-take shots, I sat down to watch arty suspense flick “Victoria,” which was shot entirely in one take. If films ...

| May 4, 2016

'Asia's Next Top Model' just as catty as America's

Reality TV staple “America’s Next Top Model” recently hung up its Jimmy Choos after a stupefying 22 seasons, but its spin-off, Singapore-based “Asia’s Next Top Model,” is now in its fourth “cycle,” airing locally on Fox Channel and Hulu.jp. Fourteen tall, slender beauties from ...

Van Sant plots a bleak hike through Aokigahara

Apr 27, 2016

Van Sant plots a bleak hike through Aokigahara

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At least Arthur Brennan didn’t want sushi, an AKB48 concert or a night out on the town with a maiko (trainee geisha) on his arm. As Japan’s ranking soars on the international travelers’ destination lists, the more cliched their itineraries seem to get. But ...

'Terraformars': Miike's life on Mars has its bugs

Apr 27, 2016

'Terraformars': Miike's life on Mars has its bugs

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Now that voyages to Mars seem likely in the next generation or so, films about the red planet are moving beyond the “John Carter” (2012) space-opera stage. But for every reality-based “The Martian,” there is still a “Terraformars,” Takashi Miike’s latest extreme entertainment. The ...

Image Forum Festival offers some weirdness for Golden Week

| Apr 27, 2016

Image Forum Festival offers some weirdness for Golden Week

Golden Week is traditionally a time for movie studios to roll out the blockbusters, but if popcorn fodder like “Chihayafuru” and “Captain America: Civil War” don’t appeal, there are more esoteric options. Viewers of a curious disposition should investigate the Image Forum Festival, which ...

Guy Hamilton, director of four Bond classics, dead at 93

Apr 22, 2016

Guy Hamilton, director of four Bond classics, dead at 93

Movie director Guy Hamilton, who directed four hugely popular James Bond films and raised the profile of the Bond movie brand through his work with actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore, has died in a hospital on the Spanish island of Mallorca. He was ...

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, ...