Film Topics

Stray Cat Rock: The Collection

Sep 24, 2014

Stray Cat Rock: The Collection

by Mark Schilling

Directors: Yasuharu Hasebe, Toshiya FujitaLanguage: Japanese (subtitled in English) Made by the Nikkatsu studio in the early 1970s in emulation of the violent and sexy exploitation films drawing audiences in the U.S., the five “Stray Cat Rock” films feature Kaji Meiko as a glowering ...

Person of Interest: Season 3

Sep 24, 2014

Person of Interest: Season 3

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English The third season of this megahit series (co-produced by J.J. Abrams) is available for streaming via Rakuten Showtime. Starring Jim Caviezel as former CIA operative John Reese, this is about a software genius (Michael Emerson) with a surveillance system that tracks violent ...

Dark Hearts

Sep 24, 2014

Dark Hearts

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Rudolf Buitendach Language: English This column was created to highlight some of the films that bypass the cinemas and go straight to DVD. Great in theory, but the reality is more like “Dark Hearts.” This cheesy and pretentious erotic thriller, about an artist ...

HK Hentai Kamen (HK: Forbidden  Super Hero)

Sep 17, 2014

HK Hentai Kamen (HK: Forbidden Super Hero)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Yuichi Fukuda Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Yuichi Fukuda’s adaptation of a 1992-93 Keishu Ando manga is a goofy comedy/action film with a sense of humor that comes straight from the ickier corners of the adolescent male mind. A high school boy (Ryohei ...

Lost Girl: Season Two

Sep 17, 2014

Lost Girl: Season Two

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English Season two of the hit Canadian supernatural series “Lost Girl” is available for streaming on Hulu.jp. If you thought “Sex and the City” was empowering, try this on for size. Weird, hot and sometimes just plain senseless (but in a good way), ...

Noah

Sep 17, 2014

Noah

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Darren Aronofsky Language: English Darren Aronofsky has been one of the more adventurous filmmakers of the past two decades and, in a sense, “Noah” is his riskiest film yet. Is it possible to take a Bible story and turn it into a Hollywood ...

The Walking Dead: Season 4

Sep 10, 2014

The Walking Dead: Season 4

by Giovanni Fazio

Language: English The fourth season of everyone’s favorite zombie-apocalypse saga finally rolls onto the DVD shelves. The first half is as thrilling as ever, with the survivors’ refuge at the prison under threat, but the second half loses momentum a bit, with the scattered ...

Aku no Kyoten (Lesson of Evil)

Sep 10, 2014

Aku no Kyoten (Lesson of Evil)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Takashi Miike Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Released in 2012 — when mass shootings by deranged killers were making headlines around the world — Takashi Miike’s film about a charismatic but violently psychotic teacher (Hideaki Ito) who finally takes a shotgun to his ...

The Karate Kid (Best Kid)

Sep 10, 2014

The Karate Kid (Best Kid)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Harald Zwart Language: English, Chinese (subtitled in English) This is the 2010 remake of the 1984 mega-hit, now starring Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) and Jackie Chan. Dre (Smith) relocates to Beijing with his mom Sherry (Taraji P. Henson). Bullied at his new ...

Sake-Bomb

Sep 3, 2014

Sake-Bomb

by Mark Schilling

Director: Junya Sakino Language: English, Japanese (subtitled in English) In Junya Sakino’s road movie “Sake-Bomb,” the excellent Gaku Hamada stars as an unworldly successor to a sake brewery who travels to Los Angeles to seek out an old flame, with his sarcastic, fast-talking American ...

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

Sep 3, 2014

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Ryan Murphy Language: English, Italian, Portuguese (subtitled in English) Usually I’m wary of movies where privileged first-world women go off on a journey to “find themselves.” This film is based on the best-selling novel by journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, who turned a post-divorce journey ...

A Day With Adrian Sherwood

Sep 3, 2014

A Day With Adrian Sherwood

by Giovanni Fazio

Language: English This short online documentary about London-based producer Adrian Sherwood was made by Soulsound.co.uk. Sherwood has been a leading figure in dub music since the 1980s and his skills at the mixing desk place him up there with dub wizards King Tubby and ...