Archive for September, 2009

“The Face of Another” – Chris Luedtke

Disfigurement, mutilation, murder, revenge, atonement — all ideas often found lurking around horror films. However, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another is no horror film. It’s closer to the realm of contemporary sci-fi, which I’ve always felt hasty upon entering. After having read my fair share of books and seeing enough “Mystery Science Theater 3000” [...]

“The Bad Sleep Well” – Chris Luedtke

The first question that brought to my mind after seeing Akira Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well was, “Why would someone do a job they didn’t like?” Is it for the money, honor, comfort? The simplicity or complexity of it? The people or the lack thereof? The questions keep piling from on. But what if your [...]

“L: Change the World” – A.J. Hakari

It’s always too good to be true, isn’t it? Take a hit film, extract a beloved character, and set him or her on their very own adventure. This is the idea behind L: Change the World, a spin-off of the Death Note franchise that I wasn’t altogether opposed to. Free from an unsavory lead and [...]

“Demon Warriors” – A.J. Hakari

Barely a month has passed since I reviewed Big Man Japan, and there’s already another new release with the same idea. Alright, so Demon Warriors isn’t a Godzilla-inspired satire, but it too embraces the concept of superpowered beings whose abilities have come at a price. Big Man Japan took the comedic route, while Demon Warriors [...]

“The Chaser” – A.J. Hakari

It’s common practice in show business for movies to compare themselves to one another for the sake of publicity. More often than not, these hope to hitch a ride on the success of those films more popular and only tangentally related. If one were to categorize South Korea’s The Chaser thusly, it’d earn a place [...]