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David Bowie is Happening Now: 'a strange hybrid'

Jan 21, 2015

David Bowie is Happening Now: 'a strange hybrid'

by Giovanni Fazio

“David Bowie Is Happening Now” is a strange hybrid. Rather than focusing on Bowie himself, it documents an exhibition held at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013 of artifacts from the singer’s long and varied career. The exhibition itself was a huge success ...

Taken 3

Jan 15, 2015

Taken 3

by Kaori Shoji

Luc Besson and his protege, Olivier Megaton, have probably burned more fossil fuel and blown up more vehicles between them than a post-bankruptcy Detroit. In an age when many filmmakers are trying to go green, you’d think there would be a quota on car ...

Documentary festival delivers an encore to Tokyo audiences

Jan 15, 2015

Documentary festival delivers an encore to Tokyo audiences

by Mike Sunda

Last November, Japan Times film critic Kaori Shoji predicted that the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival’s (YIDFF) program of screenings would slant toward sociopolitical analysis, focusing on substance over style. Audiences must have welcomed this weighty exposition of the documentary format, as the success ...

Neeson is taken on another adventure

Jan 15, 2015

Neeson is taken on another adventure

by James Luxford

It’s hard to believe that, a decade ago, Liam Neeson was better known for prestige Oscar dramas than high-octane action blockbusters. The Academy Award nominee spent the first 30 years of his career making his name in films such as “Kinsey” (2004), “Rob Roy” ...

Frederick Wiseman in communion with an art musuem

Jan 14, 2015

Frederick Wiseman in communion with an art musuem

by Kaori Shoji

One of the most distinctive and unique documentarians of our time, Frederick Wiseman, 85, is famed for two things: an utter disdain of explanatory narration and an exhaustive fascination with his subjects. Since 1967 — when he produced and directed “Titicut Follies,” a documentary ...