8 items from 2014
Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer explores the chaotic yet endearing and enduring 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, the film shows how the Japanese couple have sacrificed so much (they struggle to make rent) in order to be artists in New York. Review: Cutie and the Boxer The 82-year-old Ushio -- who makes artwork by punching large canvases with paint-laced boxing gloves and builds giant sculptures of motorcycles -- is the more well-known artist of the pair, having made a name for himself in Japan
- Rebecca Ford
On Wednesday evening of Oscar Week, the Academy introduced the five films nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Host Rob Epstein introduced the event by welcoming the packed house to the “Temple of Films.” Represented by the nominees in both categories, the program included clips from all of the films nominated and panel discussions with filmmakers from each group.
First up were the Documentary Short Subject films.
On hand were nominees Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, directors of the “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” the story of 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor who shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life through music, laughter and optimism. It was apparent that both were still deeply affected by this woman who passed away on Sunday. »
- Michelle McCue
Fa Cup Football: Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City | Horizon: The Power Of The Placebo | Moone Boy | The Culture Show: Damon Albarn – Solo | The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern | My Mad Fat Diary | Storyville – Cutie And The Boxer | Helix
Fa Cup Football: Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City
7pm, BT Sport 1
The last of the fifth-round ties, and a decent opportunity for two of the less-fancied sides to reach the quarter-finals. Championship outfit Brighton have a reasonable cup pedigree in recent years, having twice downed Premier League side Newcastle United in the past two seasons. They'll fancy their chances against a Hull side who may have one eye on their weekend clash against Cardiff City as they attempt to move further clear of the relegation places in the top flight. Gwilym Mumford
Horizon: The Power Of The Placebo
Placebos were once used only as a control in medical experiments, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah Verdier, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Ben Arnold
Zachary Heinzerling’s debut documentary may not have packed the political punch that many of its Sundance competition did last year, but Cutie and the Boxer currently stands as an Oscar nominated feature, holding its own with a fervid story of enduring the anguish of living with love and art. While becoming friends and living with the eccentric, acclaimed action artist Ushio Shinohara and his talented and loyal wife, Noriko, Heinzerling discovered a very tragic love story within their dedication to the lifestyle of married artists. Despite reasonable notoriety within the art world and fame back in his homeland of Japan, Ushio has remained a struggling New York artist, dragging Noriko and their son through years of alcoholism and noncommercial production. Thanks to their playful sense of humor and a great appreciation for the unique lives they’ve led, the Shinoharas’ tale is a hilarious and heart-wrenching journey of long »
- Jordan M. Smith
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Cutie and the Boxer Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko have been together for 45 years, but it hasn’t been the easiest of roads. He was a 41 year old art sensation in NYC when the 19-year-old art student met and fell in love with him, and while the time since has seen them struggle and live the life of starving artists, he has always remained at the top of the relationship. This doc looks at the couple, their love and art, and the sacrifices that are sometimes necessary in pursuit of your dreams. Zachary Heinzerling‘s intimate documentary began life focused on Ushio’s life and art, but somewhere along the line, Noriko’s story, both of her art and of her love for her husband, took over the narrative. The »
- Rob Hunter
It wouldn't be film awards season without a critical chorus of complaint following every major announcement – none louder than the one that greeted the best British film Bafta nod for Gravity, that quintessentially English ode to keeping calm and carrying on.
Two of its rivals in the category, as it happens, hit DVD shelves tomorrow; one deserves a lot more than puny secondary prizes. That'd be The Selfish Giant (Artificial Eye, 15), Clio Barnard's astonishing northern morality tale of unguarded children in the industrial wilds of Bradford. A somewhat oblique evocation of the Oscar Wilde fable, it stars ferocious 13-year-old newcomer Conner Chapman as a young terror whose aptitude for scrap metal collection takes him into dangerous adult realms of corruption, compromising his friendship with sweet-natured pal Swifty »
- Guy Lodge
Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Running Time: 82 mins
Synposis: This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
Debut documentary director Zachary Heinzerling introduces artists Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko in their cluttered and cramped apartment on the morning of Ushio’s 80th birthday. His wife has baked and in thanks Ushio tells her “I don’t listen to you, that’s how I stay so young.” An odd, defiant response, met with a heavy silence, which sets the tone for the rest of the documentary. Often restrictive and leaving the audience feeling themselves compressed; the relationship is none-the-less a compelling and captivating watch.
Meeting by chance when Noriko visited Ushio’s New York »
- Victoria Bull
Behind every tortured artist is someone who has to do the housekeeping. Zachary Heinzerling's documentary about 80-year-old Japanese action painter Ushio Shinohara, "Cutie and the Boxer," centers on that very someone. In the case of Shinohara, it's his scrappy wife Noriko, an artist in her own right who forsook her own dreams to support her unruly husband. Rather than create a biography of Shinohara as he originally intended, Heinzerling explores this codependent couple's stormy relationship and fraught history of regret and disappointment. He lovingly paints Ushio and Noriko as two individuals overflowing with personality, at once enmeshed in the New York art scene and also holed up in their Brooklyn loft, toiling to make ends meet. There are plenty of tempestuous artist couples in history -- Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Ulay and Marina Abramovic -- but Ushio and Noriko never achieved that kind »
- Ryan Lattanzio
8 items from 2014
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