Archive for August, 2008

“Tai Chi Master” – A.J. Hakari

I can appreciate the value of a good, cheesy kung-fu flick as much as the next guy. Still, even I have to admit that these badly-dubbed doozies have the power to undermine a martial arts film of true merit when it comes along. Case and point, Tai Chi Master (previously released in the U.S. as [...]

“Sick Nurses” – A.J. Hakari

A ghastly crime. A looming edifice. A long-haired ghost out for some serious revenge. This has served as the set-up to more Asian horror films than there are stars in the sky, but in the right hands, it can be molded into quite the effective premise. Thailand’s Sick Nurses gave every indication that it would [...]

“Breathless” (1960) – Chris Luedtke

Anyone unfamiliar to classic noir wouldn’t raise an eyebrow to the 1960 French film Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard. They would probably dismiss it as some hokey, two-bit, cheesy piece of nostalgia that’s been shoddily done. But noir buffs know that smoky rooms, back alleyways, and blond bombshell fatales are always on the list, creating eerie [...]

“The Other Side of the Bed” – A.J. Hakari

In Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s character famously compared a relationship to a shark, in how it has to keep moving forward in order to avoid dying out. The Other Side of the Bed, a romantic comedy/drama/musical (and probably about twenty other genres, too), is filled to the brim with characters dedicated to performing such a [...]

“Gojira” – A.J. Hakari

As it stands today, the Godzilla series represents something of a landmark in the realm of B-cinema. The famous franchise, which has spanned numerous movies and countless monsters, has long since grown into its chintziness, standing firm as a provider of “so bad, it’s good”-style entertainment. But back in 1954, when director Ishiro Honda and [...]