Japanese director wants new film to educate kids

Japanese director wants new film to educate kids

Controversial Japanese director Takashi Miike is making a samurai film that he hopes will educate Japan’s youth, according to the AP. “I wanted the audience to realize that this story is not taking place in the remote past, but rather in a recent past when our grand-grand parents lived,” the director said at a news […]

The Rise of the Romanian Documentary

The Rise of the Romanian Documentary

Amid today’s limp ’80s remakes and contrived, 3-D popcorn movies, a less-recognized genre is experiencing what some critics dub a “new wave.” Two Romanian documentaries made their world premieres at Cannes this year, including the well-received “Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,” a documentary about the late Communist dictator. Director Andrei Ujica, who fled to Germany in […]

‘Norwegian Wood’ and Japanese Film in the 2000s

‘Norwegian Wood’ and Japanese Film in the 2000s

A teaser trailer was released last week for a Japanese film called “Norwegian Wood,” based on the worldwide best-selling novel of the same name. Written in 1987 by Haruki Murakami, the novel recounts the narrator’s university life in the 1960s, and his relationship with two women of opposite personalities.  The work was wildly popular in […]

‘Inception’ preps for solid debut weekend

‘Inception’ preps for solid debut weekend

With its high-profile cast and elaborate special effects, “Inception” has all the makings of a summer blockbuster.  But it also seems its critical success is as promising as its commercial success. At present, “Inception” holds a 9.6 out of 10 on IMDb, and critics have feverishly tweeted their ovation for the Christopher Nolan film.  Review […]

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