'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

Film / Reviews Jul 12, 2017

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

by Kaori Shoji

Hot and humid Japanese summers call for kaidan, scary stories that send shivers down the spine. In the days before we had air conditioning, kids would gather around after dinner to tell and listen to those terrifying tales in an effort to chill out ...

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

Film / Reviews Jun 1, 2016

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

by Kaori Shoji

Just because you've seen this story before doesn't mean you shouldn't see it again ... I think. "Southpaw" is an excessive, some may even say maniacal, retread of boxing movie classics such as the "Rocky" franchise, "The Fighter" and "Raging Bull. But it's so ...

Enemy

Film / Reviews Jul 16, 2014

Enemy

by Giovanni Fazio

Very few directors have picked up the gauntlet thrown down by David Lynch's films such as "Lost Highway" and "Mulholland Drive." These are films steeped in mysteries so deep that Lynch himself is positively daring audiences to wrap their heads around them; they are ...

This tale of brutal vengeance is no fantasy

Film May 1, 2014

This tale of brutal vengeance is no fantasy

by Kaori Shoji

A thousand things can go wrong in a kidnapping investigation, and "Prisoners" goes through about 100 of them before you lose count. After that it's easy to blackout under the chokehold of desperation that defines both the film and its protagonist, Keller Dover (Hugh ...