Archive for May, 2008

“Wishing Stairs” – Chris Luedtke

Oh, I’m sure you’re all stoked to see or even think about another Asian horror film. With all the adaptations from The Ring and The Grudge to the most recent Shutter and One Missed Call, one more review is just another nail in the coffin, no? Actually, you may be surprised to find that Wishing [...]

“Equinox Flower” – Chris Luedtke

Of all the Yasujiro Ozu films I’ve seen so far, I can’t help but commend the man on his ability to remain good at doing the same thing over and over again. What do his films commonly deal with? Family and marriage. Every time it’s the same deal: daughter needs to get married, but something [...]

“Time” – A.J. Hakari

(**WARNING**: Massive plot spoilers follow in this review. Although such twists are revealed early on in the film, those hoping for a pure viewing experience with Time had best be warned that revealing story details are discussed in the proceeding critique.)
Once in a while on these TV talk shows, you’ll see someone undergoing a complex [...]

“Throne of Blood” – A.J. Hakari

After finishing Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, I pondered exactly why it was such a rousing success. A tale of murder, deceit, and the supernatural, set squarely in the midst of samurai culture, Throne of Blood packs in more harrowing drama than you can shake a stick at. But is this due to the storytelling [...]

“Inside” – A.J. Hakari

I have to admit, I’ve been a little disappointed with French horror in recent years. True, there’s not as much of a product glut as Japan’s whipped out, but those films that have emerged stateside (namely High Tension and Them) have come across more as false starts than the real deal, getting off to a [...]