Frankie & Alice

Sep 10, 2014

Frankie & Alice

by Giovanni Fazio

Frankie (Halle Berry) is a go-go dancer in 1970s Los Angeles, who’s raking it in at a nightclub in the Watts district and enjoying a fairly wild lifestyle, but increasing blackouts and psychotic episodes lead to her getting committed to a mental institution. There ...

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

Dec 26, 2013

Second opinion: Our Top 3 films in cross-review

by Mark Schilling

Regular JT film critics Mark Schilling, Kaori Shoji and Giovanni Fazio got together at the Uplink theater/restaurant in Shibuya to talk about each other’s No. 1 films for 2013: “Cloud Atlas” (Fazio), “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Shoji) and “Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The ...

'The Call'

Nov 28, 2013

'The Call'

by Kaori Shoji

Halle Berry has one of the sharpest, most distinctive haircuts in Hollywood, but in her latest, “The Call,” she has no-nonsense, low-maintenance do that serves her character Jordan Turner well. Jordan is a 911 operator whose job requires dealing with dire emergencies around the ...

'Cloud Atlas'

Mar 15, 2013

'Cloud Atlas'

by Giovanni Fazio

‘The nature of our immortal lives lies in the consequences of our actions.” Thus spake Sonmi-451, a Fabricant, one of many identical cloned slaves in the post-eco-apocalyptic future depicted in “Cloud Atlas,” the phenomenal new film codirected by Lana and Andy Wachowski of “The ...