Wednesday, January 14 2009
With many indie/international films receiving more and more mainstream approval from unfamiliar audiences, many of the titles here could be considered part of the overall 2008 Best Of. But their individuality and multicultural appeal keep them a quality concept apart.
Monday, April 28 2008
If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?
Friday, July 15 2005
Café Lumiere recreates Japan's lush colors and busy depths, but doesn't imbue them with any universal meaning.
Thursday, April 14 2005
For Chris Doyle, the 'great challenge' is shooting any emotion, 'taking ideas and turning them into images'.
Monday, November 29 2004
'In Japan,' says Takeshi Kitano, 'cops and yakuzas are the only two occupations that deal with death or violence daily.'"
Friday, October 1 2004
The soothing, rhythmic drone of language instruction tapes -- speech out of context -- becomes a symbolic soundtrack for Noi and Kenji's relationship.
Thursday, June 3 2004
Rather than simply paying homage to the original series, this latest installment showcases its own artifice and theatricality.