'Chiwawa': An enigma wrapped in a riddle

Film / Reviews Jan 16, 2019

'Chiwawa': An enigma wrapped in a riddle

by Mark Schilling

Edie Sedgwick was an Andy Warhol "superstar" and Bob Dylan muse who died at age 28 after bouts with mental illness and drug addiction — and has had a long afterlife as a legendary 1960s "it" girl. She is an inspiration for "Chiwawa," Ken Ninomiya's ...

'jam': Comedy with a touch of 'Misery'

Film / Reviews Dec 5, 2018

'jam': Comedy with a touch of 'Misery'

by Mark Schilling

The films of Sabu — the pseudonym of actor-turned-director Hiroyuki Tanaka — are typically about guys on the move, be it as a troubled soul on a journey ("Blessing Bell") or a crook on the run ("Unlucky Monkey"). The object is usually laughs, though ...

'Killing': A modern take on a samurai staple

Film / Reviews Nov 27, 2018

'Killing': A modern take on a samurai staple

by Mark Schilling

Screening in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, "Killing" is veteran provocateur Shinya Tsukamoto's first venture into the samurai genre. Made, like most of Tsukamoto's films, on a tiny budget and tight schedule, it does not attempt the scale of classics like "Seven ...

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