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Sin City

Sin City

| April 1, 2005

Call it contemporary film noir with an edge, Sin City is one helluva ride. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller give us a trio of stories tied together by the very dark nature of the city itself, Basin City, and the fact that almost all of these characters have known or met each other at one […]

Day of Redemption

Day of Redemption

| March 27, 2005

The cover reads: “A homicidal maniac is obsessed with revenge. A guilt-ridden lawman desperately seeking redemption. When their two worlds collide, only one will survive the deadly ‘dance with destiny.’” Here’s the story in a nutshell: Small-town Arizona sheriff Frank Everly (Jeff Fahey – Wyatt Earp, Silverado) has been listening to his wife Mary (Kristian […]

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Dead Girl [Morbido Amor]

Dead Girl [Morbido Amor]

| March 10, 2005

Never released in the United States, Dead Girl is the brain child of writer-director Adam Coleman Howard and is meant to be a satirical look at the movie business. And it is quite funny in a very dark comedy sort of way. Cynical, sarcastic, and unfortunately, right on the mark in many ways. Mr. Howard […]

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Constantine

Constantine

| February 20, 2005

In director Francis Lawrence’s interpretation of the long-running comic book Hellblazer, Keanu Reeves plays John Constantine, only in this case he’s a late-30′s, chain-smoking loner who fights against the Devil’s horde in the dark back alleys of Los Angeles. A far cry from the comic’s “master of the occult” living in a foggy London, this […]

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In the Realms of the Unreal

In the Realms of the Unreal

| February 8, 2005 | 0 Comments

Confession: I live in Chicago, and I’d never heard of Henry Darger before seeing the trailer for this film at the Music Box Theatre. Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the U.S., and it is difficult to track every news item on a daily basis, but the details of Darger’s story, as presented […]

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The Fire Within [Onibi]

The Fire Within [Onibi]

| February 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

On the surface, Director Mochizuki Rokuro’s The Fire Within (Japanese title: Onibi) would appear to be just another gangster saga centered around the downward lifestyle of a lone wolf Yakuza (Harada Yoshio). But stirring just beneath the surface is a deeper meaning, a symbolic grace, a philosophy of inevitability–”this is the law of the jungle” […]

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Another Lonely Hitman [Shin kanashiki hittoman]

Another Lonely Hitman [Shin kanashiki hittoman]

| February 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

Director Rokuro Mochizuki’s film is straightforward in its depiction of drugs, violence, and prostitution in this cockeyed noir adapted from Yukio Yamanouchi’s novel. Yamanouchi, once a layer for the Yakuza, is now a prolific writer of crime stories and manga in Japan. The story follows an ex-punk rocker’s release from a ten-year prison stint and […]

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Del’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

Del’s Best & Worst Films of 2004

| January 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

TOP TEN FOR 2004 #10–The Incredibles: Great animation, fun story, strong characters and not-too-farfetched situations make this the best animated film of the year. #9–Ray: Jamie Foxx’s tour-de-force performance as The Genius elevates this biopic to stellar heights. #8–Million Dollar Baby: Eastwood’s surprisingly touching portrayal of two elderly pugilists helping a young woman boxer in […]

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Switchblade Romance [High Tension / Haute Tension]

Switchblade Romance [High Tension / Haute Tension]

| December 26, 2004 | 0 Comments

Two college girls heading to one girl’s farmland home during semester break. They’re riding along talking and debating as young adults will do, about almost nothing at all. They tease and taunt each other about directions, about their driving, and tear down the road singing along with the radio. It’s a sunny day and you […]

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Nine Souls

Nine Souls

| December 26, 2004 | 0 Comments

Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda’s works have been focused, primarily, upon his country’s disaffected youth in films like 1998′s Pornostar and 2002′s Blue Spring. Touching upon timely and critical issues pertinent especially to youth, and speaking to that group across many cultures, Toyoda’s works have been out of the mainstream for the most part. But that […]