Monthly Archives: November 2022

Review: Don’t Worry Darling

If Olivia Wilde’s sophomore effort as a director were better, I might lament the distracting pre-release gossip surrounding the movie’s reported on-set squabbles and romantic intrigues, which mostly dominated its big premiere at Cannes, but as they say there’s no … Continue reading

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Tokyo International Film Festival 2022

Here are the posts I wrote for the TIFF 2022 home page. –Competition Jury Press Conference –A Light Never Goes Out Q&A session –Kaymak Q&A session –The Cord of Life Q&A session –Butterflies Live Only One Day Q&A session –This … Continue reading

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Review: The Roundup

The top-grossing film so far in South Korea this year, Lee Sang-yong’s followup to the 2017 crime thriller The Outlaws does not, as the saying goes, mess with the formula, which in this case focuses on what the producers call … Continue reading

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Media watch: The administration’s very unoriginal solution to rising energy prices

Last week, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a ¥29 trillion economic package to fight inflation, centered mainly on the energy sector, that will supposedly save every household in Japan about ¥5,000 a month on their utility and gasoline bills. As … Continue reading

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Review: Parallel Mothers/The Human Voice

Though Pedro Almodovar is rightly lauded for his sense of style and control of visual tone, he doesn’t really get enough credit as a storyteller, probably because many of his films seem to be heavily indebted to older films by … Continue reading

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Review: Ticket to Paradise

There’s a certain species of Hollywood movie that seems designed to please those who work on it more than those who will eventually watch it. I’m not talking about movies where the stars are simply guaranteed huge amounts of money, … Continue reading

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