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Film Review: Sion Sono’s ‘Antiporno’

Nippon cult director Sion Sono’s take on the ‘Roman Porno’ subgenre is a colorfully abstract anti-sexploitation screed. Dennis Harvey writes: Tasked with contributing to Nikkatsu’s “Roman Porno Reboot Project” — a salute [...]

Review: ‘Man in the High Castle’ Season 2

An action-packed Season 2 tries to answer the show’s questions. Sonia Saraiya writes: The first season of “The Man in the High Castle,” Amazon’s television adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternate-history novel, was an oddly muted [...]

Japan: Mannequin History Exhibition

Mannequins are the unsung heroes in fashion, designed on the whole to fade into the background to let the clothes sing. Having said that, an archaic mannequin is as instantly recognizable as the trends of yesteryear, which brings home just how much [...]

Mike Nichols, I Admired You Before I Even Knew You

Filmotomy About three years ago I wanted to write about the various, lasting directorial débuts in movie history, not just in my lifetime, but before I was even born. And what impact those first films had, how it shaped their careers, what it [...]

Walter Becker’s Death: Farewell to Steely Dan

With Walter Becker’s death on Sunday, jazz-rock’s unlikeliest superstars are no more. They will be missed. Kyle Smith writes: ‘Polished through countless takes,” wrote the New York Times’s Jon Pareles in his weekend obituary of Walter [...]

The Return of the Roadside Motor Lodge

Kristine Hansen reports: Roadside motels—once the darlings of American travel—had all but faded from the spotlight. Driving by one of these past-its-prime spots might induce a bit of nostalgia (the neon “vacancy” signs, retro architecture) [...]