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Beautiful Noise

Dec 10, 2014

Beautiful Noise

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Eric Green Language: English Shoegaze, that once-maligned genre of effects-laden wall-of-guitar music, finally gets its own documentary. “Beautiful Noise” focuses on three seminal 1980s bands — Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine — while tracing their influence down ...

Ai no Uzu (Love's Whirlpool)

Dec 10, 2014

Ai no Uzu (Love's Whirlpool)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Daisuke Miura Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Daisuke Miura’s adaptation of his stage play about eight strangers who sign up for a sex party in Roppongi was rightly tagged with an R-18 rating e_SEmD there’s plenty of explicit sex — but the film, ...

Maleficent

Dec 10, 2014

Maleficent

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Robert Stromberg Language: English Angelina Jolie stars in the title role of this Disney makeover of “Sleeping Beauty.” Maleficent is a nice fairy goddess, but she is betrayed and doomed to a life of darkness. Seeking vengeance, she puts a curse on the ...

Looking Japan's film-industry myths in the eye

Dec 3, 2014

Looking Japan's film-industry myths in the eye

by Mark Schilling

Who doesn’t love a listicle titled “(X) surprising things you never knew about (Y)”? What surprises me about a lot of commentary on the Japanese film industry — from insiders and outsiders alike — is how it substitutes judgment calls (usually of the “Japanese ...