Archive for July, 2008

“Young Torless” – Chris Luedtke

I read once that Eli Roth shot to aim for the dark side of humanity when he wrote Hostel; an exploration of the corners of our minds that are painted red, so to speak. It’s a damn shame that that film didn’t take any cues from the far superior Young Torless. Sickness, hostility, sadism, depravity [...]

“Mongol” – A.J. Hakari

Aside from a few details sleepily absorbed in history class, what do we really know about Genghis Khan? Only that he was one of the greatest conquerors the world ever saw, and that’s pretty much that. To this point, Hollywood hasn’t been much help, what with Khan’s big screen incarnations including a woeful John Wayne [...]

“Vampire Hunter D” – Chris Luedtke

You know how you feel when you see those awesome, epic trailers for that brand-new film coming out that you just can’t wait to see? Or how your friends have all seen a certain film and give it such good, raving reviews that you can’t wait to get your mitts on a copy and pop [...]

“Time Out” – A.J. Hakari

Admit it, as much as you may love your job, some days you just feel like sticking it to your boss and co-workers. It’s an irresistible fantasy that movies like Office Space and Falling Down tapped into, bringing to life peoples’ visions of lashing out at a world that condones shoving people into cubicles and [...]

“Inner Senses” – A.J. Hakari

Ghost stories with no other purpose but to scare people have their place in horror cinema and are often loads of fun to watch. But I find myself preferring those tales of the supernatural that serve as backdrops to more tragic turns of events, substituting elegant storytelling for a few cheap, tired thrills. It’s films [...]