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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Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

With an incredible body of work and having a tremendous impact on French cinema as a whole, Alain Resnais has very few of his films released on Blu-Ray. While Criterion has the essentials, like Last Year at Marienbad and the recently released Hiroshima mon amour, very few films of his are available, until now. Leave […]

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Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

As much of a mecha fan that I am, I’ve never managed to get into Gundam as a whole. I don’t know if it was just due to the fact that it was a massive undertaking or I just didn’t know where to begin. I’ve seen a few things like some random episodes of Gundam […]

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Abderrahmane Sissako’s Academy Nominated film Timbuktu, is a beautiful and poignant film, as well as one of the strongest films of 2014. Kidane (Ibrahaim Ahmed), a cattle hearder lives not far from Timbuktu, with his wife Satima ( Toulou Kiki) and his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed) who live a carefree life in the dunes. […]

Ping Pong The Animation

Ping Pong The Animation

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hero worship is in full effect in our modern pop culture. People obsess over new superhero films, comic books and a many of other things that have permeated through our public consciousness. People often forget that our family and comrades can offer many things to be seen as heroes in our everyday lives as well. […]

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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 […]