By Jasper Sharp.It is that time of year again, as the tumbling temperatures, dwindling daylight hours and falling leaves signal the last gasp of summer, that UK film fans can take heart in the knowledge that a new season is just about to dawn – the film festival season. The past weeks have seen programme […]
By Chris Perkins. Stop-motion studio Laika – based in Hillsboro, Oregon – first burst onto the scene in 2009 with Coraline. Based on the book by the legendary Neil Gaiman, and directed by The Nightmare Before Christmas’s Henry Selick, their debut had quite the pedigree. The studio really began to forge its own way after […]
By Jonathan Clements. In The Untold History of Ramen, George Solt digs behind invented traditions to tell the story of one of Japan’s most famous dishes, not as a breathless account of urban cuisine, but a hard-nosed anaylsis of demographic changes, supply chains and industrial politics.
By Jasper Sharp. Tetsuya Nakashima’s 2010 movie Confessions, in which an embittered teacher avenged the death of her child at the hands of schoolchildren, caused plenty of commotion on its overseas release. World of Kanako continues Nakashima’s trawl into the darker recesses of the soul and will similarly divide opinion. Adapted from by Akio Fukamachi’s […]
Tom Smith goes with the Flamenco FLOW If you’re going to kick arse, you better have a theme song of equal kick arsery if you want to be remembered. The Karate Kid had “You’re the Best”, Rocky has “Eye of the Tiger”, and superhero-without-any-actual-powers Masayoshi Hazama has just switched his to FLOW’s rifferific “Ai Ai […]