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I, Frankenstein

Sep 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein

by Kaori Shoji

Compared with vampires, who always seem to be sleek and sexy, Frankenstein’s monster has had it rough. Those head bolts are one thing, and then there are the leathery scars all over his face and his massive, clunky awkwardness. To make matters worse, while ...

No

Sep 3, 2014

No

by Giovanni Fazio

In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who came to power in a bloody coup in 1973, decided to hold a national referendum — a simple yes or no vote — on whether he should extend his rule by eight years. It was supposed to ...

Yves Saint Laurent

Sep 3, 2014

Yves Saint Laurent

by Kaori Shoji

One of the most iconic designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent made a stunning debut at age 21 and seemingly never stopped enthralling the world with his creations. This movie tells us otherwise: Saint Laurent (played by Pierre Niney) had his share ...

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

Sep 3, 2014

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

by Giovanni Fazio

Add “Non-Stop” to that short list of films that you will never see as in-flight entertainment. Liam Neeson (making 60-something seem like the new 40) plays Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks, who is on a flight from New York to London when he receives ...

Sake-Bomb

Sep 3, 2014

Sake-Bomb

by Mark Schilling

Director: Junya Sakino Language: English, Japanese (subtitled in English) In Junya Sakino’s road movie “Sake-Bomb,” the excellent Gaku Hamada stars as an unworldly successor to a sake brewery who travels to Los Angeles to seek out an old flame, with his sarcastic, fast-talking American ...

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

Sep 3, 2014

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Ryan Murphy Language: English, Italian, Portuguese (subtitled in English) Usually I’m wary of movies where privileged first-world women go off on a journey to “find themselves.” This film is based on the best-selling novel by journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, who turned a post-divorce journey ...

A Day With Adrian Sherwood

Sep 3, 2014

A Day With Adrian Sherwood

by Giovanni Fazio

Language: English This short online documentary about London-based producer Adrian Sherwood was made by Soulsound.co.uk. Sherwood has been a leading figure in dub music since the 1980s and his skills at the mixing desk place him up there with dub wizards King Tubby and ...

She came, she stole and she conquered

Aug 28, 2014

She came, she stole and she conquered

by Kaori Shoji

In my family of many brothers, the “Lupin III” animated TV series was the only program we could agree to watch. Once the electric guitar riffs of the Yuji Ohno-penned theme song began, a blissful peace descended on our living room. The fighting stopped ...

Farewell to Taiwanese cinema, but not to love

Aug 27, 2014

Farewell to Taiwanese cinema, but not to love

by Kaori Shoji

If Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang threw a dinner party, it’s easy to guess who would be invited. Tsai has staunchly and consistently worked with the same small cluster of actors from his 1992 debut film “Rebels of the Neon God” through to “Stray Dogs,” ...

Bloody hip-hop war set in technicolored Tokyo

Aug 27, 2014

Bloody hip-hop war set in technicolored Tokyo

by Mark Schilling

A Japanese hip-hop musical? How about a samurai swashbuckler set on the streets of Compton, California? But Sion Sono makes his new film, “Tokyo Tribe,” more than an oddity of cultural appropriation. Truth be told, I felt queasy as the story, based on a ...