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An aspiring but untalented songwriter wannabe (Domhnall Gleeson) insinuates himself into an eccentric, punkish band fronted by the title character, a virtuoso/freak who never takes off his huge, papier-mâché stage head. Ever. Michael Fassbender, the actor inside the head, amazingly makes Frank a fully developed character without the use of his face. A talent that’s hard to hide. This affable oddity is funny, quirky, original...

Sep 25, 2014 | No Comments | 514 views
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Writer-director Takashi Koizumi has gone on to a stellar career [After the Rain (2000), Best Wishes for Tomorrow (2008)] after his role as Akira Kurosawa’s assistant director for many of his later works and ended up making his unproduced scripts and hiring much of his team. It’s a good thing Koizumi is up to the gigantic task. Higurashi no Ki is a samurai tale told...

Sep 24, 2014 | No Comments | 42 views
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The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival will run Oct 23-31 at Roppongi Hills and other venues. One highlight will be Charlie Chaplin’s silent masterpiece City Lights, screening at the recently rebuilt Kabukiza theater on Oct 27, which the actor visited in 1932. Tim Burton’s many fans in Japan will have reason to rejoice as the fest previews footage from his upcoming Big Eyes (pictured), starring...

Sep 24, 2014 | No Comments | 38 views
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When two veteran actors meet on a film set, there can be a synergy between their talents. That was the situation with the action thriller The Equalizer, despite a 43-year age difference between the two leads. Based on the ‘80s TV drama, Denzel Washington plays a mild-mannered man who draws on his past military training when he sees injustice around him, including a teenager forced...

By: Kevin Mcgue | Sep 26, 2014 | No Comments | 291 views

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