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Cars 2 (review)

Those clever sneaky Pixar folks are warning us that if we Americans don’t clean house, we’re going to bring the whole world down with us, and the entirety of human civilization will collapse into a nasty soup of irrationality and ignorance.

new DVD releases in Region 1, June 30

green light (definitely check it out): Two Lovers: Gwyneth Paltrow has two boyfriends. [Amazon U.S.] [preorder at Amazon U.K.] Tokyo!: Funky trio of short films about the Japanese metropolis. [Amazon U.S.] [now available at Amazon U.K.] Eureka: Season 3.0: Cute show about geeks. [Amazon U.S.] Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fifth Season: Shoulda been better than … more…

new DVD releases in Region 2, May 25

green light (definitely check it out): The Reader: Kate Winslet likes books and teenaged boys. [Amazon U.K.] [now available at Amazon U.S.] Tokyo!: Think Tokyo je t’aime, but weirder. [Amazon U.K.] [preorder at Amazon U.S.] Pushing Daisies: Complete Season 2: How come England gets an American TV show on DVD before we do? No fair! … more…

Tokyo! (review)

This triptypch of short flicks about the Japanese capital by non-Japanese filmmakers is wildly intriguing to me, as someone who has never been there but would like to visit — I wonder, though, how natives or familiar foreigners would parse the peculiarities of these disturbing urban fairy tales.

trailer break: ‘Tokyo!’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer… Three awesome directors — though I would see this for Michel Gondry alone — in a movie that looks like Tokyo je t’aime? I’m there. Tokyo! opens in limited release in the U.S. on March 6; no U.K. release date has been announced.

Nobody Knows (review)

White noise is the soundtrack for this grimly elegant urban fairy tale — the rattle of a subway train, the whirr-hum of a washing machine, the gentle susurrus of a child’s snores — as if soft grumbling complaints were all the attention the world could spare its four child heroes, lost in the big city, … more…

Ju-on: The Grudge and The Grudge (review)

Horror films have their own special guidelines when it comes to plausibility: basically, there aren’t any. And the Japanese flick *Ju-on: The Grudge,* which had a limited American release earlier this year, takes even greater liberties in the credibility area than most. Fortunately, writer/director Takashi Shimizu has enough tricks up his sleeve to make you forget that he’s not making one whit of sense. Logic is never a strong deciding factor, anyway, when you’re looking for a flick to give you goosebumps, which this one does, if only in moderate measure. Plus, creepy as it sporadically is, you can poke fun at it, too: The rage is coming from inside the house!