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'Step': Parenthood drama that tugs at the heartstrings

Film / Reviews Apr 2, 2020

'Step': Parenthood drama that tugs at the heartstrings

By now there are many films about single fathers, but for me the eye-opener was 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer.” In it, Dustin Hoffman plays a workaholic adman who struggles to raise his young son after being abandoned by his wife (Meryl Streep), but resists ...

'Extro': A Japanese mockumentary that works

Film / Reviews Mar 19, 2020

'Extro': A Japanese mockumentary that works

I was once an extra for film being shot in the dead of winter in Nagano Prefecture, playing a member of a media pack running down a snow-covered slope to an ambulance. To stand out, I kept a step behind the others through retake ...