Archive for June, 2012

The Great Killing

The Great Killing

| June 29, 2012

Eiichi Kudo’s The Great Killing is like the chambara version of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers. With its focus on realism and commentary on the social upheaval in 1960’s Japan, the second film in Kudo’s Samurai Rebellion trilogy is an absolute pinnacle of the genre and elevates it to new heights. The film follows […]

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If You Like The Terminator…

If You Like The Terminator…

| June 29, 2012

In his new book If You Like The Terminator…, author Scott Von Doviak provides a fun and illuminating time-travel journey of sorts as he takes his readers through film, TV, literature, and comic book history in order to chart the relatives, past and present, of the Terminator franchise.  The book is broken up into multiple […]

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The Delta Force

The Delta Force

| June 28, 2012

In the Chuck Norris canon, the Missing in Action films, Lone Wolf McQuade, and, on a good day, Invasion U.S.A. are the only titles people seem to remember.  Having battled Bruce Lee in the Roman Colosseum and having made being a Texas Ranger the coolest job in law enforcement, many of Norris’ other action triumphs […]

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Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2

Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2

| June 28, 2012

With the cult of Chuck Norris still flourishing, MGM is setting out to debut on Blu-ray some of the action icon’s most beloved films, and in the first batch released earlier this month, his blockbuster Vietnam films Missing in Action and Missing in Action 2: The Beginning are expectedly the main attractions.  Filmed back-to-back (but […]

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

| June 28, 2012

In this 1998 rendition of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair, the audience is privileged to experience drama, beauty, and plenty of great acting. Adapted by Andrew Davies, who has done other costume dramas such as Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth), Dr. Zhivago (Keira Knightly, Sam Neill), and The Way We Live Now (David Suchet, […]

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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

| June 28, 2012

Hollywood’s newest trend of re-telling classic fairy tales is thus far a mediocre attempt at best.  After the unbearable Red Riding Hood, the newest submission, Mirror, Mirror, is slightly better. It’s really hard to tell who the target audience is forMirror Mirror.  At certain points, it would have worked better if they had simply animated the […]

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Interview with Michaël R. Roskam, Director of Bullhead

Interview with Michaël R. Roskam, Director of Bullhead

| June 27, 2012

It’s amazing and quite the achievement to find out that the 2011 Belgian film Bullhead is Michaël R. Roskam’s first feature. The sheer bravery of it and its subject matter would make one think that it was made by veteran of the industry. Yet, Roskam’s abilities behind the camera and the sheer dedication of his […]

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Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season 1

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season 1

| June 27, 2012

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is an adventure series from the all female artistic group, CLAMP. The show is full of feathers, friendships, and little furry dimension travelers. Through the characters travels into various worlds, small adventures arise. These mini-adventures must be seen through in order to continue working towards their main goals. The creativity and execution […]

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An Interview with Michelle Pfeiffer

An Interview with Michelle Pfeiffer

| June 26, 2012

No matter how many times one meets the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer, one continues to marvel at her agelessness. Never looking like her 54 years, the still striking actress is modest when it comes to her appearance and scoffs when I suggest she hasn’t changed all much over the years. “No I don’t. Look at those […]

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The Mystery of the 13th Guest

The Mystery of the 13th Guest

| June 26, 2012

I’ve always been a sucker for old time-y crime capers. Seriously, this is the same guy who owns every cinematic incarnation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as well as over 15 gigabytes of “Suspense Radio Theater.” So when I heard that MGM was giving the DVD treatment to one of their older […]

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