Chuck Stephens

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  • 13 years ago | Film and TV

    HONG KONG FILMMAKER STANLEY KWAN, whose love-and-death-and-Tian-An-Men-Square men's romance, Lan Yu, is currently in local cinemas, isn't a stranger just to American audiences familiar with a pantheon of former Crown Colony auteurs ranging from Jo...

  • 13 years ago | Film and TV

    A FILM IN WHICH A GIANT SPACE WORM NAMED Jeff slithers through the bowels of the New York subway system while an extraterrestrial lingerie model named Serleena toilet-snakes her tongue through the dirtier bits of Rip Torn's brain, Men in Black II ...

  • 13 years ago | Film and TV

    Deep-fried body parts, hermaphrodite schoolgirls, radioactively endowed super-yakuza and the world‘s most terrifying laundry bag: 10 feature films ago, those were a few of director Takashi Miike’s favorite things. For many filmmakers, 10...

  • 14 years ago | Film and TV

    As teeming with creativity as it was during the 1960s new wave, contemporary Japanese cinema continues its decadeslong status as a garden of earthly and deliciously ungodly delights. Unlike the old days, Japanese filmmakers today know they’re...

  • 15 years ago | Film and TV

    Sitting in the sun room of his Beverly Hills home, Floyd Mutrux starts by saying, “I just kind of . . . I don’t . . . I‘m not of . . . ” then stops for a second, waiting for the words to come. Dressed in shorts and a...

  • 15 years ago | Film and TV

    In the opening scene of Akira Kurosawa‘s 1985 Ran (back in theaters for the moment, plumping for its forthcoming DVD debut), the film’s central figure, Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji, kills a boar -- an old boar, too old to eat. In the sk...