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August 2014 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the August issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. Ida Austerity is often a comfort to the psychologically oppressed, a means of focusing on something simple so as … Continue reading

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Best movies 2013

Here are my best movies for 2013. All were released in Japan during the previous 12 months, which means the best film I saw all year isn’t on here. That would be The Past, Asghar Farhadi’s gripping and heartbreaking film … Continue reading

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BIFF Day 3

Supposedly a typhoon is on its way. It’s been windy and overcast since yesterday morning, but strangely warm, too; warm enough for T-shirts. And last night there was a brief squall, but luckily I was inside at the time. Though … Continue reading

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June 2013 movies

Here are the movies reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which will be distributed in Tokyo tomorrow. Celeste and Jesse Forever Though ostensibly a two-hander, this melancholic romantic comedy is mainly a showcase for Rashida Jones, … Continue reading

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Best movies 2012

These are my favorite movies that were released in Japan in 2012. Of them, only one was produced here and that one wasn’t even directed by a Japanese person, thus demonstrating my continuing resistance to post-bubble Japanese cinema, which isn’t … Continue reading

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November 2012 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the November issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last Thursday. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Though clearly a stupid movie, this adaptation locates the exploitative kernel of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel … Continue reading

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BIFF Oct. 8

When I told the foreign press liaison that my flight would be arriving at Busan at 9:30 p.m. she said the film festival counter at the airport might be closed by then, so could I please take a limousine bus … Continue reading

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