Archive for June, 2009

“Passport to Pain” Continues!

Well, folks, due to the great response to and fun we’ve been having with our horror theme for June, we’ve decided to extend “Passport to Pain” for another month! Throughout July, you can look forward to seeing more horror reviews from us in the Passport Cinema crew. The madness begins tomorrow, with two new reviews [...]

“Wishing Stairs” – A.J. Hakari

The “Ghost School” series consists of the best horror movies that aren’t really horror movies. There are about ten shades of irony to that statement, but it’s true; while these Korean imports succeed as straight dramas, it’s when they shift into freak-out mode that they break thematic flow. It eventually comes down to how long [...]

“Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege” – A.J. Hakari

I’ve found in the course of my moviegoing travels that Japan never met a story it didn’t like — or couldn’t sequelize, for that matter. Hollywood gets a lot of flack for mining its own franchises for filmic gold, but Japanese cinema is filled with tales that span numerous pictures, though it’s not necessarily a [...]

“Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” – A.J. Hakari

In the 1960s, there began an era in which Godzilla became a supporting player in his own movies. Needless to say, these weren’t quite the cream of the catalysmic crop, with some films either too saccharine (All Monsters Attack) or too stiff (Invasion of Astro-Monster) for their own good. But standing out from this schizophrenic [...]

“Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril” – A.J. Hakari

For all intents and purposes, Baby Cart in Peril is the perfect Lone Wolf and Cub movie. The gorehounds in the audience will be pleased that the picture provides more stylized violence than ever, while cinesnobs can appreciate how the story plumbs thought-provoking thematic depths. With each mindset as passionate as the other, it goes [...]