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Film Review: The Wailing (2016)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS:  A desperate policeman fights to rescue his young daughter, who has been possessed and overtaken by a malicious supernatural power after a rash of violent killings plague his small town. REVIEW: A film that definitely made my Top Ten list of 2016, The Wailing is a gorgeously-shot supernatural mystery that dances confidently and compellingly between comedic, …

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Film Review: Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A surreal series of loosely connected and often absurd comedic vignettes touching on themes including alien life, relationships, and the dangers of interpretive dance. REVIEW: 2005’s Funky Forest: The First Contact is less an anthology than an arthouse collection of long-form shower thoughts, anecdotes, and tiny fever dreams. Directors Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki …

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Film Review: Crows Zero (2007)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power. REVIEW: Directed by Takashi Miike Starring: Shun Oguri, Takayuki Yamada, Kenichi Endo, Kyosuke Yabe Right up front, I should be honest and say I am not the audience for this movie. …

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Film Review: Jigoku (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A teenage girl (who just happens to be a member of a dangerous cult) is taken to Hell by a mysterious older woman and witnesses what happens to the many poor souls that end up there for all eternity.  REVIEW: Jigoku (which translated means “Hell”) is a weird little fever dream of a movie and while it …

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Film Review: Inferno of Torture (1969)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: High demand for tattooed geisha generates an entire industry for their “production”. Europeans pay more for tattooed beauties. Against this background, and considering the gorgeous tattooed women develop the history of confrontation between two highly skilled masters of tattoo. REVIEW: Directed by Teruo Ishii Starring Teruo Yoshida, Asao Koike, Masumi Tachibana, Yumiko Katayama, Mieko Fujimoto My …

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Film Review: Arang (2006)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A salt storehouse near the sea may be haunted. A penniless ex-con dies a gristly death in a house he can ill afford. The detectives assigned the case are Min, newly reinstated after a suspension, and Lee, a new transfer from forensics. Min has nightmares: a sexual assault that haunts her. She and Lee work well …

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Film Review: Audition (1999)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: “In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to …

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Film Review: Freeze Me (2000)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A woman who has fled her hometown to escape a violent encounter in her past is tracked down by her assailants five years later and must resort to her own brand of violence in order to survive. REVIEW: As someone who generally tends to avoid rape-revenge films, this was an oft-uncomfortable viewing experience for me. But …

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Film Review: The Seventh Curse (1986)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Professor, adventurer and author Doctor Yuan Chen discovers he’s been afflicted with always fatal “Seventh Curse” for interfering with a Thai tribes blood sacrifice. Now he must return to the dark jungles to find a cure. But he’ll have to endure car crashes, booby traps, little demons, big demons, and savage natives— and that’s just reel …

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