'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

Film / Reviews Dec 28, 2016

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

by James Hadfield

How much do you want a new "Star Wars"? When J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens" opened to enormous fanfare last December, it felt like watching a beloved rock band making its comeback tour after a long hiatus. Sure, the original members couldn't quite muster ...

'Smoke': the movie that blazed a trail for indies

Film Dec 7, 2016

'Smoke': the movie that blazed a trail for indies

by Giovanni Fazio

Just in time for Christmas, Yebisu Garden Cinema is reviving a film that was one of the cinema's biggest hits in the 1990s, director Wayne Wang's "Smoke," in a crisp new digital remastered version. Watching it again after all these years, it's hard not ...

Zulu (Cape Town)

Film / Reviews Aug 20, 2014

Zulu (Cape Town)

by Giovanni Fazio

Any movie with Orlando Bloom in it is getting an extra star this month because he recently did what so many of us have longed to do: He took a swing at Justin Bieber. Hell, I'd give him five stars if he had landed ...

A butler who brought color to the White House

Film Feb 13, 2014

A butler who brought color to the White House

by Kaori Shoji

"The Butler" director Lee Daniels didn't start out as a filmmaker but as an owner of a nursing agency in Los Angeles. "So I know how to gather funds, get the people, and treat filmmaking like a business," he tells The Japan Times. "At ...