Archive for May, 2009

“An Autumn Afternoon” – Chris Luedtke

Consistency has been met. There’s nothing that Yasujiro Ozu could have thrown at me that I would not have seen coming with his final offering, An Autumn Afternoon. Ozu being a master of the subtle, I went in knowing that I was either going to be either blown away by the family drama or bored [...]

“Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection” – A.J. Hakari

A sequel is like a cinematic appendix. Essentially useless in the grand scheme of things, it’s there regardless, leaving us to either peacefully coincide with it or dread the moment it explodes in our bellies with a big burst of mediocrity. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all sequels, for there are several that actually [...]

“Chocolate” – A.J. Hakari

An action film that takes itself seriously is a dicey proposition. They always run the risk of being a little too self-righteous, attempting to instill viewers with some sort of lesson while, ironically, providing the sort of thrills they need to turn their minds off to enjoy. If you’re going to have brains as well [...]

“Scenes from a Marriage” – Chris Luedtke

Emotional cinema does not seem to have progressed much in the last few years. Hollywood has tried to pass off “touching stories” with recent films like Marley & Me (another beloved pet film) and P.S. I Love You (another chick flick). Yet none of these films ever seem to take cues from the master directors [...]

“Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades” – A.J. Hakari

The Lone Wolf and Cub movies are many things, but modest is not one of them. Any franchise that titles one of its entries Baby Cart to Hades has to have a set of big ones, with an equally ambitious imagination to boot. As its most loyal followers can attest, this series is no slouch [...]