Archive for February, 2008

“Casshern” – A.J. Hakari

I’ve bemoaned in the past that just because a story can be told through animation, that doesn’t mean it necessarily should be. But rarely is the case ever vice versa, a live-action picture whose great potential would be best seized in cartoon form. Sure enough, though, this is how it is with Japan’s Casshern, [...]

“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” – Andrew Guarini

At 112 minutes, the script for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days could have been much longer; the characters could have explicitly stated their inclinations, the structure could have given us back story and the cinematographic aspects could have been less dependent upon the purest noise, just plain dead silence. But the fact [...]

“Rashomon” – Chris Luedtke

David Mamet wrote a play awhile ago called “Oleanna.” When people went to see the play, there were two pamphlets being handed out. Both were different in design but they shared one quote: “No matter whose side you take, you’re wrong.” The same thing can be applied to Akira Kurosawa’s masterful Rashômon (based on [...]

“Fatal Contact” – A.J. Hakari

I’m always nervous to proclaim a great martial artist just hitting the cinema scene as the next Jackie Chan or Jet Li. I’m tempted to say such a thing in regards to the Dragon Dynasty release Fatal Contact and its star, Wu Jing, and while he’s not quite ready to take center stage as [...]

“Acacia” – A.J. Hakari

There are just some movies that you don’t view the eve of a special occasion. It’s not wise to give a copy of The Amityville Horror to a couple moving into their first house. You might not want to watch Hostel when you’re about to travel abroad. Then there’s movies like the Korean chiller [...]