Archive for April, 2010

“Sleepy Eyes of Death 2: Sword of Adventure” – A.J. Hakari

Swords are for killing. Nothing less, nothing more.
With this attitude, it’s no wonder Nemuri Kyoshiro (Raizo Ichikawa) doesn’t send out too many Christmas cards. As distrustful of his fellow man as they are of him, sword for hire Kyoshiro has left a cynical swath in our concept of the noble samurai. There is no honor [...]

“Nana” – Chris Luedtke

In my quest for cinematic fulfillment, I often scan through a laundry list spanning various Criterion discs and book adaptations. The realist inside pulls me to and fro, bouncing me back and forth between reality and fantasy. Bridging the gap becomes increasingly difficult the longer we march through life’s much, and Nana is plenty aware [...]

“Slaughter Night” – Chris Luedtke

Tell me about the latest slasher film, and I will listen intently. I feel a special delight tingle through my body whilst characters are systematically slaughtered before my eyes. The challenge with these films, though, is figuring out ways to keep them from feeling so systematic or, if they are to remain as such, killing [...]