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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Olive Films’ Black Caesar/Slaughter

Olive Films’ Black Caesar/Slaughter

| September 22, 2015

Olive Films has been making it a point to release some essentials in Blaxspoitation cinema and giving them quality Blu-Ray releases that no fan should miss. In this latest wave of films, we’re going to take a look at Larry Cohen’s gangster film Black Caesar, starring Fred Williamson and the Jim Brown action vehicle, Slaughter. […]

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Sicario

Sicario

| September 14, 2015

There’s no film that I’ve seen this year that retains the level of power and tension than Denis Villenueve’s latest, Sicario. Every single aspect of it, from Roger Deakins’ glorious cinematography, to Jóhan Jóhannson’s droning score, Sicario establishes a sense of dread and an air of menace, much in the same way that Prisoners and […]

Cyborg 009 Re:Cyborg

Cyborg 009 Re:Cyborg

| August 25, 2015

Kenji Kamiyama, the protege of the legendary Mamoru Oshii, has done plenty of work to distinctly separate himself from his brilliant mentor. Even when working within the same franchise, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, Kamiyama has managed to balance the intelligence of Oshii’s work, with a penchant of crafting smart scripts and brilliant action […]

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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

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: Part One

Turn A Gundam: Part One

| June 30, 2015

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

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

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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Nobunagun

Nobunagun

| June 9, 2015

While I’ve had plenty of rewarding experiences recently watching shows like Ping Pong and Space Dandy, there’s nothing like watching something like Nobunagun. Adapted from Masato Hisa’s manga, this anime from Studio Bridge isn’t going to set the world ablaze, but it makes a point to have boatloads of fun, with both its quirky characters […]

Der Samurai

Der Samurai

| June 9, 2015

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

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 […]