Archive for November, 2008

“Battles Without Honor & Humanity” – A.J. Hakari

It’s interesting, how depicting the gangster lifestyle has evolved since the early days of cinema. Once upon a time, such figures came with a dash of glamorization, leading the sort of whirlwind lives anyone would give their right arms to have. But around the 1970s, filmmakers began to explore the tragic side of crime, with [...]

“Jigoku” – A.J. Hakari

1980’s Friday the 13th is usually credited with having kick-started America’s obsession with gore-soaked cinema. Arriving on the coattails of Halloween, Sean S. Cunningham’s slasher set out to do the same, only bloodier, unwittingly embroiling future films of its kind in an endless competition to out-gross one another. But Japanese filmmaker Nobuo Nakagawa got the [...]

“Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” – Chris Luedtke

There is nothing I can say or do that could prepare you for this journey. Many films have reached legendary status with simple lines of dialogue, camerawork, tense scenes, character decisions, etc. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom has all of this and then some. Scenes that will make your stomach turn inside out [...]

“Night of the Seagulls” – Chris Luedtke

Here it is everyone, the finale to the infamous Blind Dead series. For those of you who suffered through The Ghost Galleon, I congratulate you and can safely say that the worst has been cleared. Night of the Seagulls is the apology note that this series needed after that atrocity. So, has it all been [...]

“Synesthesia” – A.J. Hakari

Synesthesia is a movie that bends over backwards to make things more complicated for itself. So many serial killer stories turn out the same, I definitely appreciate this flick’s efforts to do something a little different. But while Synesthesia is far from incompetent, it does end up taking on a heavier load than it can [...]