Silver Linings Playbook

Feb 22, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook

by Kaori Shoji

Sometimes life falls off its dreary grid and takes on the texture and flavor of strawberry chiffon cake. That’s kind of what happens when watching “Silver Linings Playbook”: The more this romantic comedy-drama about an ex-teacher with mental-health problems and the people around him ...

'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

Feb 22, 2013

'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

by Giovanni Fazio

You’re fed up with your family, your upbringing, your school, your social class. You don’t fit in and are reminded of it. The rules and social norms that other people seem to follow so blindly seem to you phony, trite, suffocating. You develop an ...

'R-18 Bungakusho Vol. 1: Jijojibaku no Watashi'

Feb 1, 2013

'R-18 Bungakusho Vol. 1: Jijojibaku no Watashi'

by Mark Schilling

Sex is universal, but kinks can be local. Japanese S&M, at least the varieties I’ve seen in films over the years, is less about black leather and fishnet stockings, more about candle wax and artfully elaborate knots designed to display the flesh of the ...

Moonrise Kingdom

Feb 1, 2013

Moonrise Kingdom

by Giovanni Fazio

Wes Anderson is one of those directors who, love him or hate him, has been remarkably consistent. Each film, from “Rushmore” right on down, is an artfully constructed and totally hermetic world unto itself, with flawed or absent father-figures, a closet’s worth of funky-yet-chic ...

'Jack Reacher'

Feb 1, 2013

'Jack Reacher'

by Kaori Shoji

Every time I witness the presence of Tom Cruise in Tokyo, I imagine the possibilities of him moving here as a permanent resident. He loves sushi (apparently a frequent customer at Sukiyabashi Jiro). He knows the streets of Ginza. He’s clearly work addicted. Unlike ...

'Life of Pi'

Jan 25, 2013

'Life of Pi'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of author Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning “Life of Pi” feels almost like two films sandwiched into one. In the core, you have the succulent special-effects-driven story of a young Indian survivor of a shipwreck who’s adrift in a lifeboat ...