Archive for January, 2009

“Sword for Truth” – Chris Luedtke

It’s hard to begin these reviews of films that just make my head itch with confusion. In some cases, this is a good thing. Take the great American film Mulholland Drive by David Lynch. Mullholland Drive is a film that will sit you back and visually smash your skull in, thanks to its gorgeous style [...]

“One Missed Call” (2003) – A.J. Hakari

Takashi Miike is known chiefly as a purveyor of the cinematic shocks most stateside directors aren’t brave enough to unleash. But these are just a fraction of the five dozen or so movies he cranks out every year. For every Ichi the Killer or Sukiyaki Western Django, there’s something along the lines of One Missed [...]

“Memento Mori” – A.J. Hakari

How successful would you say is a horror film that’s very good, yet not entirely a horror film? This is the dilemma that the Korean chiller Memento Mori leaves me facing. When all’s said and done, the movie is uncommonly strong, a quiet and heartbreaking story about the dangers of forbidden love. At the same [...]

“Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. the Undead” – A.J. Hakari

To infer that Attack Girls’ Swim Team vs. the Undead is silly would be an understatement of criminal proportions. No amount of hyperbole, no measure of ranting and raving, is enough to describe how flat-out strange this Japanese import is. I’ve heard of movies that throw in everything but the kitchen sink, but this flick [...]

The Best of ‘08

Well, folks, after a week of pumping out 18 reviews between us, Chris and I have decided to take a breather for this coming week. But we’ll be back the last week of January, and before that, we leave you with our picks for the ten best movies we reviewed throughout our first year of [...]