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Black actors and 'La La Land' break records with Oscar nods

Jan 25, 2017

Black actors and 'La La Land' break records with Oscar nods

Black actors were honored in all acting categories for the first time and romantic showbiz musical “La La Land” topped the Oscars nominations list on Tuesday. In the past year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed its membership and voting rules ...

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

Jan 20, 2017

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

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Makoto Shinkai’s animated film “Your Name.” continues to win over audiences in Asia, and now has its sights set on dominating North America, too. Distributor Funimation Entertainment is eyeing an April release date overseas for the anime, which centers on two teenagers who change ...

Sion Sono swan dives into Shinjuku's chaos

Jan 19, 2017

Sion Sono swan dives into Shinjuku's chaos

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Celebrated abroad for films that mash up everything from extreme sex and gore to Christian imagery and classical music, Sion Sono has emerged as one of the most distinctive directors in Japanese cinema this century. His breakthrough came in 2001 with “Suicide Club,” in ...

Shinya Tsukamoto and the song of 'Silence'

Jan 18, 2017

Shinya Tsukamoto and the song of 'Silence'

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Since his early films, such as “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” (1989) and “Tetsuo II: Body Hammer” (1992), pioneered the cyberpunk genre with a crazed energy and invention, Shinya Tsukamoto has had a reputation as Japanese cinema’s outlaw. While doing the occasional work for hire, ...

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

Jan 18, 2017

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

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After spending nearly 30 years shepherding his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s “Silence” to the screen, Martin Scorsese may be starting to feel as forsaken as the book’s Jesuit protagonist, abandoned by an uncommunicative and apparently uncaring God. The movie has been roundly ignored by ...

| Jan 18, 2017

The truth is still out there

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“The truth is out there.” This tagline to the sci-fi TV series “The X-Files” used to give me chills when it was first aired on Fox in 1993. The series touted an intriguing minimalist elegance — from its set designs to FBI agent Dana ...

Cliff Martinez: composing through the chaos

Jan 11, 2017

Cliff Martinez: composing through the chaos

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So much movie music sounds like just that: movie music. It’s rare these days to come across a score with character that really makes you sit up and listen. One musician who consistently manages to pull that off is punk drummer-turned-composer Cliff Martinez, whose ...