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A palace fit for the queen of consumption

Aug 6, 2014

A palace fit for the queen of consumption

by Giovanni Fazio

What sort of person would decide to build the biggest house in America? Not just the biggest, but a monstrous, mega-mansion replica of the Palace of Versailles, overlooking Florida’s Walt Disney World, complete with its own bowling alley, spa, 10 kitchens, 30 bathrooms, and ...

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

Aug 6, 2014

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

by Kaori Shoji

There is such a thing as a Japanese dream, and in many ways it’s a lot like the American dream. Japanese hip-hop artist Anarchy’s dream has to do with escape, money and, ultimately, getting to a place where he can perform in a music ...

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Aug 6, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction

by Giovanni Fazio

My least favorite part of being a film critic is probably going to see Michael Bay movies. And the most horrific Michael Bay movies of all are the “Transformers” ones. So when I heard that Bay’s latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” clocked in at ...

Dabba

Aug 6, 2014

Dabba

by Kaori Shoji

The Japanese may feel like they have perfected bentō (lunchbox) culture, but India has a formidable lunchbox culture of its own, in the form of the dabba. Some 6 million of these meals are delivered each day to offices in Mumbai by dabbawallahs, and ...

Homefront

Aug 6, 2014

Homefront

by Giovanni Fazio

Sylvester Stallone must really like Jason Statham, his co-star from “The Expendables” series, because in “Homefront” Sly has given him the lead in a script he had originally written for himself. Or maybe he is just feeling his age these days and slowing down. ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Aug 6, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Marc Webb Language: English Skinny, geeky, sweet Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man in this second installment of “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise. After finishing high school, Peter and girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) go their separate ways — but just when the ...

The Lego Movie

Aug 6, 2014

The Lego Movie

by Giovanni Fazio

Directors: Chris Miller, Phil Lord Language: English “The Lego Movie,”was one of the zaniest, sharpest animated comedies of recent years, but the shrill dubbed version that was released in Japan in 2013 missed a lot of the jokes. The DVD, I’m happy to report, ...

Lost in a dingy maze of booze, sex and crime

Jul 30, 2014

Lost in a dingy maze of booze, sex and crime

by Mark Schilling

Golden-gai, a warren of tiny bars near Shinjuku’s Kabukicho entertainment district, has long been a refuge for writers, musicians, filmmakers and other artistic types, who congregate at drinking establishments with like-minded patrons. The area also has a seedier, less reputable side, which is graphically ...