Archive for June, 2008

“Intacto” – Betty Jo Tucker

Survivors of horrible events sometimes suffer deep feelings of guilt. Why did they live when others died? Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo explores the mysterious realm of undeserved luck in Intacto, an enigmatic thriller about four people who engage in a deadly game. The main players? A thief, a policewoman, a casino owner, and his [...]

“Ronin Gai” – A.J. Hakari

When you think about it, westerns and samurai flicks aren’t all that different. Both genres tend to feature romanticized heroes who fight by codes of honor in lawless lands, protecting the innocent no matter what the cost and always saving the showdown with the big, bad villain for the very end. The idea behind Ronin [...]

“Classe Tous Risques” – A.J. Hakari

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what’s a guy to do when these two are slowly becoming one and the same? This is the situation faced by the lead character in Classe Tous Risques, the latest French gangster tale to be given the royal treatment by the Criterion Collection. [...]

“Memento Mori” – Chris Luedtke

There’s a reason America never picked up Memento Mori and remade it: it sucked. I find it mildly insulting that the “Ghost School Trilogy” would consider this a part of its legacy. While Wishing Stairs was easily bearable and likeable, Memento Mori ends up being more of a female-oriented drama instead of a ghost story.

“Ghost Train” – A.J. Hakari

It’s almost too tempting to brand the recent wave of Asian horror pictures as Ringu ripoffs. I’d like to think that not all of these flicks are liberally borrowing something from Hideo Nakata’s ghostly trendsetter, but the more movies I see, the more it seems to be the case. At least something like Ghost Train [...]