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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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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Revenge of the Green Dragons

Revenge of the Green Dragons

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

With Martin Scorsese’s name attached as an Executive Producer, Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons seemed like a perfect way for the two brilliant, Hong Kong filmmakers to break into the U.S. market. The film centers around the Green Dragons, a Chinese street gang that ran extortion rackets and drug running […]

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FilmMonthly talks to Director Keith Purvis about his film, Travis and Tabitha.

FilmMonthly talks to Director Keith Purvis about his film, Travis and Tabitha.

| January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

We had the privilege in conducting this interview with first-time filmmaker Keith Purvis, about his film, Travis & Tabitha. He’s currently in the midst of a Indiegogo campaign, in order to finalize the film about 20 somethings in the city of Chicago, as they find out about each other and themselves. FilmMonthly: What is your […]

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