My first sip of a great Japanese single-malt whisky was back in 2004, when the 18-year-old Yamazaki was first introduced into the U.S. I found its suave smoothness and elegance as sleek as a new Lexus. It had the familiar spicy, caramel-and-honey notes of a luxury single malt from Scotland but with its own exotic appeal from partial aging in Japanese mizunara oak.
Sofia Coppola ’s “Somewhere” and Julian Schnabel ’s movie about the creation of Israel are two of the 23 contenders at this year’s Venice Film Festival . Quentin Tarantino heads the jury that will pick the winner.
The Coen brothers remake of “ True Grit ” is so straightforward and un-ironic that I wondered if the credits were wrong. But if you’re in the mood for a traditional Western with fine acting, smart dialogue and gorgeous cinematography, this movie is for you.