Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

May 25, 2016

Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

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The opening credits of “Deadpool” begin with the words “Some Douchebag’s Film.” Maybe it was because of this self-deprecation that overseas audiences found the film refreshing. Especially since in another recent superhero blockbuster, a billionaire vigilante pontificates on morality using the “one percent doctrine” ...

Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight

May 20, 2016

Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight

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Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther — making his big-screen debut — is most definitely the superhero of the moment. Black Panther, the warrior king of the futuristic fictional African country Wakanda, is ...

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' didn't need a director

Jul 1, 2015

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' didn't need a director

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How many superheroes does it take to make a movie? At this point, Marvel Studio’s cinematic empire is getting so overpopulated that you’d need a spreadsheet to keep track of who everyone is. There are over a dozen comic-book characters vying for attention in ...

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Dec 18, 2013

Sanrio said to violate children's privacy

Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man greet visitors to Disney’s MarvelKids.com website, but parents may be surprised to learn that these superheroes may also open the door to tools that track their children’s activities across the Web, according to federal complaints to be filed ...

Nov 25, 2012

Have we had enough war yet?

Regarding The Washington Post article by Condoleezza Rice that ran in The Japan Times on Nov. 21 (“America must act as conflict builds in Mideast“): It has been said that the political choice in the United States is between the “Evil Party” and the ...

Aug 9, 2012

The threat of nuclear armament

Regarding the Aug. 3 AP article “Nuclear arms advocates get bolder amid energy debate“: The specter of a Japan with nuclear weapons is no more threatening than is a litany of other countries with them. The problem is not Japan’s having the capacity to ...

Jun 21, 2012

What 'international outcry'?

The June 17 Page 2 article “Oi decision draws international outcry” is very interesting with regard to the disparity between the headline and the body of the article. The headline tells us that the decision to restart two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant ...

Mar 25, 2012

Afraid of their own shadow

Regarding the March 21 Kyodo article “Patriot missiles may be deployed in Okinawa to counter North Korean rocket“: Why is there such an overreaction to this planned satellite launch? Do you think North Korea would [react in this way]? Japan, the United States and ...