Film Review: Rampo Noir (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Rampo Noir is an omnibus comprising of four short films based upon stories by Edogawa Rampo, Japan’s foremost proponent of the erotic grotesque or ero-guro genre and founder of the Japan Mystery Writers’ Club: Mars Canal (Kasei no Unga) directed by Suguru Takeuchi, Mirror Hell (Kagami Jigoku)  directed by Akio Jissoji, Caterpillar (Imomushi)   directed by Hisayasu Sato (director of one of the most interesting Japanese horror films, Naked Blood) and Atsushi Kaneko’s Crawling Bugs … Continue reading

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Film review: 47 Ronin (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. REVIEW: I love a good epic! “47 Ronin” is clearly intended for American audiences but takes a lead from the numerous well rounded Asian cultural films that have made their way into various releases over the years. While the film deserves credit for being a beautiful story rich with warriors, mythical beasts, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Battleship (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. REVIEW: What is it with Hollywood & Taylor Kitsch all of a sudden? More importantly, what is it with Taylor Kitsch being cast in not one but TWO movies with $200 million dollar budgets this year? Does Hollywood know something we don’t? Maybe they do…maybe they don’t. Last month’s “John … Continue reading

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