Tag Archives: Jafar Panahi

BIFF Day 2

The festival put me in the Seacloud Hotel this year rather than the Grand, where I usually stay. I stayed at the Seacloud once when it first opened and liked its efficiency rooms with a sink, stovetop, and even a … 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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October 2012 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the October issue of EL Magazine, which is being distributed in Tokyo today. The Bourne Legacy Tony Gilroy was a very capable scriptwriter before he was a director, and his addition to … Continue reading

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BIFF Oct. 9

Yesterday while working in the press center I was cornered by a perky young reporter from Hong Kong and her cameraman. They wanted my opinion on the new Cinema Center, as well as the festival’s general organization. This has happened … Continue reading

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