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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near […]


'Innocence of Muslims' vs. the Oscars: Real Reason for Iran Boycott?

Innocence of Muslims vs. Oscar 2013: Iran's official reason for boycotting the Academy Awards Innocence of Muslims, the amateurish but relentlessly vicious anti-Muslim “film” whose Arabic-language version has been used as a pretext for deadly riots in several Muslim countries, is the official reason for the Iranian government's decision to […]


'Close-Up' Review: Abbas Kiarostami Movie in Pantheon of Quasi-Documentaries

Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up Abbas Kiarostami is one of those “name” non-American directors who is looked to as a god. The low-budget Nema-ye Nazdik / Close-Up is the second Kiarostami effort I have seen and it is an excellent film. [Note: spoilers ahead] Close-Up is a pseudo-documentary – not a mockumentary, […]


'Ran': Akira Kurosawa Classic

Akira Kurosawa's Ran “Critical cribbing” is a term I coined in regard to the tendency of critics, in all fields, to not engage a work of art directly, but rather to fall back on lazily repeating claims that have been made by others about the work they are reviewing. Sometimes, […]


'Seven Samurai' Analysis: Akira Kurosawa Classic Keeps Improving

'Seven Samurai' analysis: Akira Kurosawa movie gets better after repeated viewings (image: Toshiro Mifune in 'Seven Samurai') Some films get better after repeated viewings. Akira Kurosawa's 1954 black-and-white drama Seven Samurai / Shichinin no samurai is one of them. It fully deserved winning that year's Silver Lion at the Venice […]


'Operation Thunderbolt': Pedestrian Real-Life-Inspired Terrorism Drama

Operation Thunderbolt with Klaus Kinski and Sybil Danning Despite the complex and gripping real-life basis for Mivtsa Yonatan / Operation Thunderbolt – the 1976 hijacking of a Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris Air France flight – director-co-producer-co-scenarist Menahem Golan managed to make a film utterly devoid of suspense, depth, or intelligence. With its […]


Jennylyn Mercado Snub + Catholics vs. 'Father Jejemon' Child Abuse Subplot: Metro Manila Film Festival Controversies

Jennylyn Mercado in 'Rosario': Period feminist drama has been a Metro Manila Film Festival box office disappointment. Metro Manila Film Festival: Jennylyn Mercado Best Actress snub while feminist 'Rosario' a box office disappointment Jan. 3 '11 update: Actor-turned-director Albert Martinez's Rosario, a feminist period drama toplining film & television star […]


'Drunken Angel': Akira Kurosawa in 'Unformed' Pre-Masterpiece Stage

Watching Akira Kurosawa's 1948 black-and-white effort Yoidore Tenshi / Drunken Angel is an interesting experience, for he clearly had not mastered the art form, yet. Even so, there is so much that is good in Drunken Angel – touches that would become great in just a few years. It's like […]


Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting & 'True Grit' Trailer + 'Blue Valentine' Sex Excess?

Michelle Yeoh gets some martial arts practice in 'Reign of Assassins.' Michelle Yeoh martial arts skills displayed in 'Reign of Assassins' Chao-Bin Su's upcoming Reign of Assassins marks the return of Michelle Yeoh, 48, to the martial arts genre. Yeoh hadn't kicked, fought, and flown on screen since her ferocious […]


'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision […]


'The End of Summer' Movie Review: Yasujiro Ozu Classic

Yasujiro Ozu classic When an artist has reached a level of such high art that he and his work can be spoken of as being in the top tier of his art form, something terrible happens: often brilliant – but not quite ineffably so – work is looked upon with […]


'Outside the Law' Irks French Right-Wingers, 'Uncle Boonmee' and Thai Unrest: Cannes Movies

'Outside the Law' with Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila. Directed by Rachid Bouchareb. 'Outside the Law' controversy: Right-wingers and war veterans irked Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi hasn't even had its Cannes Film Festival Official Competition screening yet – that will be on May 21, '10 – but it's […]


Sibel Kekilli & Eric Elmosnino Win Tribeca + 'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Sibel Kekilli in Feo Aladag's When We Leave. Feo Aladag's Turkish-German drama Die Fremde / When We Leave, which recently received six Lola nominations, was voted best narrative film at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. In When We Leave, Sibel Kekilli, the star of Fatih Akin's 2004 European Film Award […]


'Black Rain' Movie: Hiroshima A-Bomb & Its Aftermath

'Black Rain.' Animego's DVD release of Shohei Imamura's Black Rain includes as a bonus feature a selection of World War II-era anti-Japanese propaganda films.  Sponsored by various U.S. government bureaucracies, most of these shorts traffic in the usual sort of wartime racism and paranoia which, depending on your sensibility, you […]


Akira Kurosawa Movies: 'Ran' & 'Dersu Uzala'

Maksim Munzuk Dersu Uzala Three Academy Award-nominated/-winning films by Akira Kurosawa will be shown tonight on Turner Classic Movies: Dersu Uzala (1975), Kagemusha (1980), and Ran (1985). Winner of the 1975 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the poetic Dersu Uzala chronicles the difficulties encountered by a Siberian hunter (Maksim Munzuk) […]


Akira Kurosawa on TCM: 'Seven Samurai' & 'Rashomon'

Toshiro Mifune (second from right) in Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa would have turned 100 today. In celebration of his centenary, Turner Classic Movies is showing 26 of the director's films throughout the month of March. Today's Kurosawa series began early – at 3 a.m. Pacific Time – with a presentation […]


Bong Joon-ho 'Mother' Tops Asian Film Awards

Kim Hye-ja in Mother Bong Joon-ho's unusual drama-thriller Mother received top honors at the 2010 Asian Film Awards. Hosted by model and veejay Lisa S., the event took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Monday evening. Mother, the tale of a devoted mother who'll stop at […]


'Mother': Q&A with Bong Joon-ho

Kim Hye-ja in Mother Bong Joon-ho's Mother, a Spirit Award nominee and the winner of Korea's 2009 Blue Dragon Award for Best Picture, has received widespread critical praise. At Salon.com, the headline for Andrew O'Hehir review calls the film “a brilliant Hitchcock mystery, made in Korea,” while in his Village […]


'The Unbroken' Tops Japanese Academy Awards

Ken Watanabe, Tomokazu Miura in The Unbroken Setsuro Wakamatsu's drama The Unbroken was voted the best Japanese film of 2009 at the Japanese Academy Awards ceremony, which was held in Tokyo on March 5. In the controversial drama, best actor winner Ken Watanabe plays an airline union leader fighting for […]


'Don't Burn' Tops Vietnam's Golden Kite Awards

Veteran filmmaker Dang Nhat Minh's Don't Burn, adapted from the book Dang Thuy Tram's Diary, won six awards at Vietnam's 8th Golden Kite Awards, held at the Friendship Palace in Hanoi on Sunday, March 14. Don't Burn won awards for Best Feature, Best Actress (newcomer Minh Huong), Best Director, Best […]


Akira Kurosawa Tribute

The Academy had its John Hughes tribute on Sunday. Tonight, Turner Classic Movies is paying tribute to someone who may not be a household name in the United States, but who merits recognition as well. The guy, after all, made quite a few films that won awards here and there […]


'Eyes Wide Open': Gay Love Story in Israeli Orthodox Community

Feb. 8 update: Distributed by New American Vision, Eyes Wide Open will stay one more week at New York City's Cinema Village. Directed by Haim Tabakman and written by Merav Doster, the forbidden gay love story set among Israel's ultra-orthodox Jewish community – where homosexuality isn't exactly welcome – stars […]


Metro Manila Film Festival: Action-Fantasy Starring Actor-Politician Tops Controversial Fest

Ang Panday with Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. A special-effects-laden mix of fantasy, adventure, and European-inspired legends, Ang Panday (“The Blacksmith”) stars Filipino actor-politician Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. as the titular blacksmith who unexpectedly becomes a powerful force against the evil wizard Lizardo, played by veteran Phillip Salvador – who had […]


Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations

Zhang Yimou on the set of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop a.k.a. A Simple Noodle Story. Best known for his lush collaborations with Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad, Curse of the Golden Flower), Zhang Yimou has been announced as the recipient of the Asian […]


Blue Dragon Awards: 'Mother' Snub Surprise + Where's Anne of Green Gables?

Mother with Kim Hye-ja. The Blue Dragon Film Awards' Best Korean Film (and Best Foreign Film Spirit Award nominee), Bong Joon-ho's Mother strangely ended up taking home only two other statuettes: Best Supporting Actor (Jin Ku) and Best Lighting. Veteran television star Kim Hye-ja lost the Best Actress Blue Dragon […]


Golden Horse Awards: Spanish-Titled Social Drama Tops

Screenwriter-director Leon Dai's Taiwanese black-and-white social-cum-family drama No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (above), Taiwan's submission for the 2010 best foreign language film Academy Award, was the top winner at the 2009 Golden Horse Awards ceremony held Saturday evening in Taipei. The real-life inspired tale of a poor single father who […]


Asia-Pacific Screen & Mar del Plata Film Festival Awards + Watch Gotham Awards Online

2009 Asia-Pacific Screen Award winners: Australia's Gold Coast on Nov 26. 2009 ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Writer-director Warwick Thornton's Samson & Delilah, Australia's submission for the 2010 best foreign-language film Academy Award, took best film honors at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Screen Awards held in Queensland, Australia. Samson & Delilah tells the story […]


'The Human Condition' Movie Trilogy Review: Japanese Cinema Classic

Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Nakadai in The Human Condition Masaki Kobayashi's The Human Condition, based on Jumpei Gomikawa's novel, is probably as well known for its scope and scale as for any other reason.  Originally released as three films – No Greater Love (1959), The Road to Eternity (1959), and A […]


Insect Sounds Documentary Tops European Film Awards + Oscar Foreign Language Film Entries

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Brutal French prison & Nazis-in-the-making among contenders Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The 2009 submissions are: Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director; Argentina, “The Secret in Their […]


Japanese Horror Classics 'Goke' & 'Hausu' Screenings

House by Nobuhiko Obayashi. Schedule and synopses from the American Cinematheque website. Wednesday, September 23 - 7:30 PM Japanese Cult Classics Double Feature: HOUSE (HAUSU), 1977, Janus Films, 87 min. This long-lost fantasy/horror masterpiece from director Nobuhiko Obayashi has finally surfaced in America. Oshare can't wait to spend the summer […]


'Lemon Tree': Palestinian Widow Fights Israeli Army - Q&A with Director Eran Riklis

Based on actual events, Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree (no connection to Sandy Tolan's novel The Lemon Tree), which opens today in the Los Angeles area, chronicles a Palestinian widow's fight to prevent the Israeli army from razing her lemon grove. The problem is that all those lemon trees are located […]


Bruce Lee Biopic & German 'Schindler's List' + World War I Disaster & Mafia Thugs: Award Winners

Ulrich Tukur in John Rabe. German 'Schindler's List' Tops Lola Awards + Bruce Lee Biopic Tops Hong Kong Film Awards Inspired by real-life events, the World War II drama John Rabe won the 2009 German Film Academy's Lola for best film. Directed by Florian Gallenberger, John Rabe tells the story […]


Nagisa Oshima at the American Cinematheque

“No other director of Oshima's generation has made more vital, inventive and challenging films, or taken more risks. He is a giant in contemporary cinema.” - Tony Rayns “Plainly the greatest living Japanese filmmaker.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum “Japan's greatest living filmmaker.” - J. Hoberman Those in the Los Angeles area […]


'Debauched Desires': Masaru Konuma Four 'Erotic Masterpieces'

PRESS RELEASE Kino International and KimStim are proud to release the four-DVD set Debauched Desires: Four Erotic Masterpieces by Masaru Konuma. Directed by the master of Japanese erotic cinema Masaru Konuma, CLOISTERED NUN: RUNA'S CONFESSION (1976), TATTOOED FLOWER VASE (1976), EROTIC DIARY OF AN OFFICE LADY (1977) and a re-mastered […]


'Tokyo Sonata': Family Life in Japanese Capital

Some reviews and commentaries describe Tokyo Sonata, winner of this year's Asian Film Awards for best film and best screenplay, as showing the disintegration of an “ordinary” Japanese family after the husband-father gets laid off from his administrative post at a big corporation. Although technically that is an accurate summary […]


Robert Redford Festival Honor + Mexican & Quebec Oscar Winners + Asian Film Awards

Fernando Eimbcke's minimalist comedy Lake Tahoe presents a series of vignettes showing a small-town teenager (Diego Cataño) trying to cope with the death of his father. Lake Tahoe won three Ariels: best film, best director, and best supporting actor (Héctor Herrera). The night's biggest winner, however, was Rodrigo Plá's drama […]


Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners

Henrik Ruben Genz's Terribly Happy, about a Copenhagen cop (Jakob Cedergren) transferred to a Danish village where locals have their own ideas about right and wrong, was the big winner at the Danish Film Critics Association's 2009 Bodil Awards. In addition to its best film win, Terribly Happy also received […]


Hugh Jackman Oscar Host + Surprising Best Actor & Best Picture Ties + Sally Hawkins Academy Award Fave?

Hugh Jackman: Oscar host. Nicole Kidman's co-star in the box office disappointment (in the U.S.) Australia has been selected as the next Oscar host. Hugh Jackman's other screen credits include the X-Men movies, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, and Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman image: ABC/Brett Ratner. Next Oscar host: […]


European Film Awards: Toni Servillo & Camorra Drama Are Big Winners + Judi Dench & Golden Horse Awards

Toni Servillo, Best Actor at the European Film Awards. The Italian performer has been featured in about 15 movies since the early 1990s, among them One Man Up (2001), The Consequences of Love (2004), and The Girl by the Lake (2007), all three of which earned him Best Actor nominations […]


'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon': Ang Lee Martial Arts Film Classic

Ang Lee's thrilling 2000 Best Picture nominee Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – to date, the non-English-language film with the most Oscar nominations – will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon will be screened on […]


David di Donatello Awards: Nanni Moretti & Kim Rossi Stuart

2008 David di Donatello Awards The 2008 David di Donatello: films released between April 27, 2007, and March 7, 2008. 2008 David di Donatello nominations: March 20, 2008. 2008 David di Donatello winners: April 18, 2008. best film / miglior film Caos calmo, produced by Domenico Procacci, directed by Antonello […]


'Sisters of the Gion': Kenji Mizoguchi Classic

Sisters of the Gion. Business is contingent upon profitable commercial transactions. Exchanges that removed from human instigation are cold but necessary for survival. Success, no matter strategy or plan, is propelled or hindered by fate, though this variable holds no emotional consequence. Of course, companies are usually created to make […]


'Jellyfish': Q&A with Director Etgar Keret

I caught Jellyfish (Meduzot in Hebrew), which opens in New York tomorrow and in Los Angeles on April 25, at the 2007 AFI FEST. What I liked best about this quirky look at several Tel Aviv denizens was the humorous, naturalistic touch of husband-and-wife team of writers-turned-filmmakers Etgar Keret and […]


'Leave Her to Heaven': Gene Tierney Excellent in Color 'Film Noir' + Oldest Surviving Korean Film

Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the Technicolor film noir (yes, there was such a thing) Leave Her to Heaven, starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Gene Tierney, as part of its “Monday Nights with Oscar” series […]


Genie Awards Honor Julie Christie & David Cronenberg

The Genie Awards 2008 ceremony, held last night in Toronto, was dominated by Sarah Polley's remarkably accomplished directorial debut, Away from Her, which won a total of 7 awards. The story of a man coming to terms with the fact that his Alzheimer's-stricken wife has fallen in love with another […]


Swedish Cinema Icon Bibi Andersson Returns + Actress-Director Helen Hunt Audience Award Winner

Swedish cinema icon Bibi Andersson in Arn: The Knight Templar. Seen in 11 Ingmar Bergman features (in addition to three made-for-TV productions), Swedish cinema icon Bibi Andersson was the 2008 Guldbagge Awards' Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a less than saintly abbess in Peter Flinth's costly (by Swedish cinema standards) […]


Critics Awards: Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis Tops + Metro Manila 'Filipino Identity' Controversy

There Will Be Blood with Daniel Day-Lewis. Based on Upton Sinclair's 1926 novel Oil!, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood has been enthusiastically received by U.S. critics; yet this awards season it has been almost invariably an also-ran to Joel and Ethan Coen's violent thriller No Country for Old Men. That […]


Stockholm + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for […]


Tokyo & Rome Film Festival Awards + Golden Horse Winners & Israel Oscar Entry Disqualified

Eran Kolirin at the Tokyo Film Festival. 2007 Tokyo Film Festival Awards 2007 Tokyo Film Festival: October 20–28. Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli town, was the top winner at the 2007 edition of the Tokyo Film Festival. The Band's Visit […]


Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]


'Taste of Cherry' Movie Review: Abbas Kiarostami

There is the old, and often neglected, nostrum about 'gilding the lily.' I was reminded of this while watching Abbas Kiarostami's acclaimed Ta'm e guilass / Taste of Cherry, co-winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Even though Taste of Cherry comes close to being a […]


Indian Academy Film Awards: Aamir Khan Bollywood Political Musical + Hrithik Roshan & Rani Mukherji Among Winners

As expected, the big winner at the 8th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards held Saturday night at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, United Kingdom, was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's political musical Rang De Basanti / Paint It Yellow, the tale of several alienated university students – among them Aamir […]


Hong Kong Film Awards: Patrick Tam Comeback Movie Tops + Tiburon Festival Winners

April 15 update: Fu zi / After This Our Exile, Patrick Tam's first directorial effort in 17 years, won the top prize at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony held tonight at the harbor front Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui. “Thank you for the judges' support for […]


Asian Film Awards: Monster Movie Tops

“It's almost strange that it's the first ceremony,” remarked French director Luc Besson at the 1st Asian Film Awards presentation held this evening at Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Centre, as part of the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival which kicked off last night. “Good films come from everywhere,” […]


Martin Scorsese Tops DGA Awards: Best Director Oscar Next

Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Departed   Well on his way to his first Academy Award, last night Martin Scorsese received the Directors Guild of America's feature-film top honors for The Departed, Scorsese's way overrated I-can-smell-a-rat gangster flick that the director himself has referred to as his “B-movie.” (And […]


'The Bad Sleep Well': Generally Overlooked Akira Kurosawa Corporate Corruption Drama Merits Recognition

The Bad Sleep Well with Toshiro Mifune. Akira Kurosawa's 1960 corporate corruption drama stars the filmmaker's favorite leading man, Toshiro Mifune, who “gets to display the full range of his acting chops” as a white-collar worker bent on revenge. Kurosawa (1910–1998) and Mifune (1920–1997) collaborated on 16 features, most notably Drunken […]


'Gojira' vs. 'Godzilla': Which Is Better? Is Japanese Version Superior to the American One?

Gojira with Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kôchi, and Akira Takarada. Tokyo-born actress Momoko Kôchi (1932–1998) was seen in more than 30 films over the course of four decades. In Ishirô Honda's Gojira, Akira Takarada is Kôchi's love interest, while Akihiko Hirata is the man her father has chosen to become her […]


'Godzilla, King of the Monsters!' & 1954 'Gojira': Two of the Greatest Monster Movies Ever

Godzilla. Whether in Ishirô Honda's 1954 Japanese original Gojira or in the 1956 U.S. version, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the destructive reptilian creature emblematic of the atomic age remains one of cinema's iconic creations. Like Harry Potter, James Bond, and Andy Hardy, Godzilla has been at the center of […]


'The Road' Movie: Asian Festival of 1st Films Awards

'The Road.' 'The Road' Movie, 'Journey from the Fall': Asian Festival of 1st Films 2006 Best Film nominees As its title clearly states, the Asian Festival of 1st Films consists of first feature-film efforts by filmmakers from Asian countries (or “semi-Asian” countries, such as Armenia and Cyprus) – in addition […]


Asia-Pacific Film Festival + Golden Horse Award Winners

The Unwanted Woman / The Extra Woman, a complex Iranian drama about an escaped (accused) murderer who gets entangled in a love triangle of sorts involving a 35-year-old woman, her husband, and a young widow, won the Best Film award at the 51st edition of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, held […]


Monster Movie Tops Korean Film Awards + 'Family Ties' Tops Thessaloniki

'The Host': Monster movie tops 2006 Korean Film Awards Bong Joon-ho's monster movie The Host was the top winner at the 2006 Korean Film Awards, announced on November 19. The environmentally conscious film about a gigantic creature who comes out of polluted waters to feast on human beings took home […]


'Curse of the Golden Flower' with Gong Li: AFI FEST World Premiere

'Curse of the Golden Flower': Gong Li 'comeback' to have AFI FEST 2006 World Premiere (image: Gong Li in Zhang Yimou's 'Curse of the Golden Flower') The 2006 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival a.k.a. AFI FEST 2006, to be held in Hollywood between November 1-12, will present the World […]


Academy Invites 120 New Members + Jerusalem Film Festival Winners

Academy Invites 120 to Membership Among the Academy's interesting choices for new members are former child star Hayley Mills, who won a special Oscar in 1961 for playing Pollyanna the year before; child star Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), who won't have to wait decades to become an Academy […]


Hong Kong Film Awards: Johnnie To & Tony Leung Winners

25th Hong Kong Film Awards - 2005 The 25th Hong Kong Film Award winners were announced on February 9, 2006. The 25th Hong Kong Film Award winners were announced on April 8, 2006. Johnnie To's well-received Election revolves around a power struggle within Hong Kongs organized crime during their own election time. […]


'Yossi & Jagger': Subversive Gays in Military Romantic Drama

  Yossi & Jagger (2002) Dir.: Eytan Fox Scr.: Avner Bernheimer Cast: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz, Hani Furstenberg, Sharon Raginiano, Yuval Semo, Yaniv Moyal, Hanan Savyon     Yossi & Jagger is a tragic love story set in a most unlikely place: an Israeli army camp. […]


Richard Pryor + Director of '2001' Precursor 'Gog' & Brazilian Cinema Novo Producer Have Died

Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy with Gene Wilder. Directed by Best Actor Oscar winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, 1963), the 1980 blockbuster comedy Stir Crazy marked the second pairing of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor following Arthur Hiller's 1976 box office hit Silver Streak, which also featured Jill […]


Bafta Scotland & Golden Horse Awards: Swimming Across English Channel + Kung Fu

The 2005 BAFTA Scotland (or Scottish Bafta) award winners were announced at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow on Nov. 13. In Gaby Dellal's On a Clear Day, a suddenly unemployed middle-aged man (Peter Mullan) whose young son had died from drowning decides to regain his self-esteem by swimming across […]


Japanese Cinema Retrospective at MoMA & 'Saving Private Ryan' 'Doubled in Ferocity' Tops Asia-Pacific Festival

This fall, New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is presenting the film series "Early Autumn: Masterworks of Japanese Cinema from the National Film Center, Tokyo." The series consists of fifty-three classic Japanese films made between 1929 and 1970, which have been loaned out by the National Film Center of the […]


Controversial Falklands War Film 'Blessed by Fire' Opens + Iranian Cinema Awards

Blessed by Fire: Controversial Argentinean movie revisits the Falklands War Blessed by Fire / Iluminados por el fuego is a new – and controversial – Argentinean movie depicting Argentina's disastrous military campaign to take over the Falkland Islands (known in that country as Las Malvinas) from Britain in the early […]


'Kung Fu Hustle': Stephen Chow Actioner Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

'Kung Fu Hustle' poster with Stephen Chow 'Kung Fu Hustle' tops 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards Actor-director Stephen Chow's blockbuster comedy-actioner Kung Fu Hustle was the Best Film winner at the 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards held on March 27. Set in 1930s Shanghai, Kung Fu Hustle follows a low-level […]


Meera: Film Actress' Bollywood Thriller Too Hot for Pakistan Censors

Meera and Ashmit Patel in 'Nazar.' Meera: Pakistani film actress fined, targeted, honored Popular Pakistani film actress Meera, 27, has been burdened with a “heavy fine,” courtesy of Pakistan's Ministry of Culture. The reason for the stern ruling? Meera kisses her Indian co-star Ashmit Patel in Mahesh Bhatt's supernatural Bollywood […]


Golden Horse Awards: Surprising Environmentally Conscious Winner + Wong Kar-Wai Drama Bypassed

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol: Golden Horse Awards' Best Film. Surprisingly, Lu Chuan's relatively little-known, environmentally conscious Tibet-set “Western” Kekexili: Mountain Patrol beat Wong Kar-Wai's star-studded international hit 2046. Kekexili ended up winning only one other Golden Horse Award, Best Cinematography for Cao Yu. Top Golden Horse Award goes to surprising winner: […]


'Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior': Tony Jaa Is Saving Grace in Juvenile & Reactionary Action Flick

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior with Tony Jaa. This lamentably juvenile and reactionary martial arts action flick has one good thing going for it: leading man Tony Jaa, a masterful athlete who, despite also being a fierce fighter, comes across as a likable, unpretentious screen hero. It remains to be seen […]