Archive for April, 2008

The “Daimajin” Trilogy – A.J. Hakari

There’s an unwritten cinematic law (okay, so one that I just made up): if it exists, the Japanese have or will at some point make it gigantic and have it unleash destruction upon the screaming masses. These giant monster mashes (known as kaiju flicks) have given viewers everything from huge lizards to enormous turtles. But [...]

“Winter Light” – Chris Luedtke

I fear as though this review is going to be as barren as the surroundings in Winter Light. Films are an experience, and what I’m supposed to tell you is whether or not this was a good experience. It certainly wasn’t a happy one, but given the context of the plot, I didn’t expect to [...]

“H” – A.J. Hakari

It’s not rare to see a movie critic’s quote that virtually defines the term “hyperbolic.” But the Korean thriller H goes one step further by cutting out the middleman, announcing in its very tagline that the film is nothing short of the bastard son of Seven and The Silence of the Lambs. While I appreciate [...]

“Chaos” (1999) – A.J. Hakari

The name of Hideo Nakata will be familiar to just about any admirer of Asian cinema. As the man behind the original Japanese versions of The Ring and Dark Water, Nakata was one of the key figures in kicking off the recent Asian horror boom in America. But the guy’s capable of making other types [...]

“I Was Born, But…” – Andrew Guarini

Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 film I Was Born, But… is one of those rare silents where the absence of added musical score truly enhances the heartfelt simplicity of the picture’s tale of family strains and growing pains because the filled frames and the faces do all the talking needed. Like most of Ozu’s canon it focuses [...]