Archive for July, 2009

“An Empress and the Warriors” – A.J. Hakari

I get the idea behind jazzing up historical dramas. It’s one thing to learn about battles in school whilst staving off the urge to nap, but to see them played out before our very eyes is a different beast. Forget facts and statistics; straight-up bloodshed is much more photogenic. Such is the approach taken by [...]

“Death Note II: The Last Name” – A.J. Hakari

I’ve always thought of the vigilante film as the cynical offspring of the action genre. It’s not easy to take a life, and while Stallone or Schwarzenegger could blow away armies before lunchtime, I admire those productions that ponder if so much blood should be shed at all. I held out hope that the Death [...]

Vacation Daze / Criterion Month

Hey there, Passport fans! Sorry for no update today, but I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of days and decided to take a breather. But fear not, for tomorrow evening, the 31st, I’ll be posting some new stuff. Also, next week will be the start of Criterion Month here on Passport Cinema. Every [...]

“Ju-On 2″ (a.k.a. “Ju-On: The Grudge 2″) – Chris Luedtke

Sometimes you know you’ve made a mistake even before you make it. Sometimes, you walk into your local video store or waltz over to your Netflix account, look up that bad film, and press the add key. Even if you didn’t want to press it, you did. Even if you didn’t wanna fork over the [...]

“Hour of the Wolf” – Chris Luedtke

I feel a slight uncertainty in reviewing Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf. Just the word “uncertain” may be enough to summarize the film. This gothic tale boasts a twisted view on the way that memories can haunt a person, and the memories that stir from the aftermath of Hour of the Wolf bring to [...]