—— Hercules Jul 25
—— Lucy Jul 25
—— And So It Goes Jul 25
—— The Fluffy Movie Jul 25
90% A Most Wanted Man Jul 25

Top Box Office

91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $36.3M
55% The Purge: Anarchy $29.8M
45% Planes: Fire And Rescue $17.5M
20% Sex Tape $14.6M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $9.8M
23% Tammy $7.4M
85% 22 Jump Street $4.7M
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3.9M
48% Earth to Echo $3.3M
49% Maleficent $3.2M

Coming Soon

—— Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
—— Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Let's Be Cops Aug 13
—— The Expendables 3 Aug 15

New Episodes Tonight

73% Chasing Life: Season 1
—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
75% The Hotwives of Orlando: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 6
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

29% Backpackers: Season 1
—— The Fosters: Season 2
—— Hit the Floor: Season 2
—— Longmire: Season 3
—— Major Crimes: Season 3
—— Mistresses: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
—— Seed: Season 2
—— Switched at Birth: Season 3
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2
97% Orphan Black: Season 2
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
86% The Strain: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
76% You're the Worst: Season 1

Honey and Clover Reviews

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October 6, 2008
while in many ways this is a fairly standard coming of age film, it rises above comparative american fare by simply being. there's no trickery, no contrivances (meaningful ones, anyways) - it's isolation, despair, restraint... it's being a young person in modern japan. and it's busting out of that. it's nothing amazing, but it succeeds.
June 14, 2008
Honey and Clover (2006): "It doesn't suit you to look so happy." - Ayumi

The relationship between two college friends is complicated by the arrival of Hagumi Hanamoto, a beautiful and talented freshman girl related to their art professor.

This live-action story of love is based on the shojo manga series by Chika Umino and the subsequent anime. Emotionally heavy, the dialogue is loaded with pauses filled with ache and longing, but the characters are likable and there are moments where I got lost in the story.

The acting gave me insight into Japanese culture. Let me explain:

I stopped in the middle of watching the movie in order to make sure I got to the Sage Port Grille before the lunch crowd. While I was waiting for breakfast, I was reading an article about Hiroyuki Nishimura, the popular coder who is the creative genius behind Nicodou - a web video service that allows users to plaster their comments directly on to a video (Nicodou is a mash-up of a You Tube video service and 2channel, a free-for-all, unsupervised text posting service).

Nishimura is not your typical Japanese: he's irresponsible, a bit of a rebel and very popular with the young crowd. The Japanese are not accustomed to saying what's on their minds. They tend to internalize their feelings and opinions, and walk the straight and narrow. That's why 2channel and Nicodou are such a phenomenon - kids get on the site and under the cover of anonymity, they say what's on their minds.

Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons comments, "Japan is an unhappy culture. The people are lonely and depressed, and the Internet is a release valve." Although Honey and Clover had little to do with the Internet, it made a case for "art" as another form of that release. I think it helped explain why manga and anime are also such a huge phenomenon.

And I'm guessing that Nishimura has to work at maintaining his counter-culture presence. Good thing he's up to the challenge.
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