Author Archive: Ruben Rosario

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.

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Der Samurai

Der Samurai

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Living up to its distributors namesake, Till Klienhart’s Der Samurai, from Artsploitation Films, is part art house, part slasher film that manages to entrance with its nightmarish imagery, but doesn’t make it compelling enough to withstand the test of time. The film centers around Jakob (Michel Diercks), a young police officer in a small town, […]

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Spring

Spring

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

I came to the attention of directors Benson and Moorhead from their first feature film, Resolution, through a friendly recommendation. “Yeah man, you’d dig it” was what my buddy just randomly spouted out, as I was discussing not having seen a worthwhile horror movie in the last few months. The film managed to both blur […]

Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I by Shinobu Hashimoto

Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I by Shinobu Hashimoto

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

If one mentions the films Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and Rashomon in a single utterance, the first person that a cinephile would think of is Director Akira Kurosawa. While they wouldn’t be wrong in thinking this, there’s another creative mind that had his hands in the creation of such classics in Japanese cinema. Screenwriter […]

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The Man With the Iron Fists 2

The Man With the Iron Fists 2

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists was a fantastic tribute to old school kung fu films and comic book aesthetics. It was an honest surprise by the legendary hip hop producer/rapper, who starred, wrote and directed the first film, managed to make an entertaining homage to the likes of the Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest […]

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Man From Reno

Man From Reno

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

A neo-noir of the highest order, Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno is a bonafide instant classic and delivers an incredible amount of intrigue and mystery. After escaping from her latest book tour, Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) leaves Tokyo behind and hides in San Francisco to write the latest Detective Akabe novel. It is here, she […]

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R100

R100

| March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’re a fan of depraved Japanese cult cinema, like early Takashi Miike or Noburo Iguchi films, you simply owe it to yourself to see Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100, which is the most, bats#!t, gonzo, absurdist film I’ve ever seen and that’s a great thing. Nao Omori plays Takafumi Katayama, a lonely salaryman whose wife has […]

Space Dandy Season 1 Limited Edition Review (Funimation Exclusive)

Space Dandy Season 1 Limited Edition Review (Funimation Exclusive)

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it was announced last year that Shinichiro Watanabe’s return to the genre that made him famous, anime fans around the world were rejoicing. Cowboy Bebop was a worldwide phenomenon, one that has showcased what the anime medium is capable of, in the highest degree and here Watanabe is, placing Space Dandy in the same […]

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One Piece Season Six, Voyages Two and Three

One Piece Season Six, Voyages Two and Three

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Season six of One Piece is in full effect, as the Straw Hat Pirates fend for themselves against Gekko Moria and his massive island ship, Thriller Bark. Having stolen their shadows, Moria has plans to have them stuffed into zombies, in order to use their power to make himself the King of Pirates. As they […]

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The Overnighters

The Overnighters

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

What worth is the “American Dream” if one’s own livelihood is destroyed at its pursuit? This is the lingering question that lies at the heart of Jesse Moss’ incredible film The Overnighters, a powerful documentary unlike any other and a spectacle of non-fiction filmmaking. Set in Williston, North Dakota, The Overnighters follows Jay Reinke, a […]

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

From its egg throwing, intro ode to Kinji Fukusaku, to the madcap finale, soaked in blood and bullets, Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jikoku de naze warui) is a brilliant ode to cinema itself and one of the best films that Sono has made thus far. In the film, we follow two […]

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