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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Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

| March 25, 2017

Olivier Assayas’s latest film, Personal Shopper, was met with high praise when released during last year’s Cannes Film Festival. While the film managed to win Best Director, which Assayas shared with Cristian Mungiu, the film was extremely divisive amongst the critics who saw it, even as going as far as booing the film during its […]

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol (Betty, L’Enfer and The Swindle)

3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol (Betty, L’Enfer and The Swindle)

| February 21, 2017

While I love many film distributors that release wonderful editions in the home video market, Cohen Media Group has a real place in my heart. While their editions of releases do not contain as many materials as a Criterion Collection release, they still manage put together wonderful film collections from brilliant filmmakers from around the […]

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Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

| January 29, 2017

While many cinephiles lament the state of home video here in the U.S., things still bode well for obtaining a wealth of content on both Blu-Ray and DVD. From art house, to cult films,classics and world cinema, a variety of distributors have managed to inject life into the dying physical medium. When Arrow Video had […]

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Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

| January 24, 2017

For some ungodly reason, I had never laid eyes upon Takashi Miike’s first films which make up the Black Society Trilogy until this past week. Sure, I’ve made it a point to see early films like Audition and Ichi the Killer and I’ve even kept up with his career to his much larger commercial films […]

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Game of Thrones: Season Six Blu-Ray

Game of Thrones: Season Six Blu-Ray

| November 14, 2016

Game of Thrones has rightfully made TV history in the six seasons that it has been on the air for HBO. While both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have gotten people into the fantasy genre, it has been this legendary series created by George R.R. Martin that has converted many into the robustness […]

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Outlaw: Gangster VIP

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

| April 19, 2016

After years of waiting for the Criterion Collection to release the Outlaw: Gangster VIP series on their label, here comes Arrow Video to the rescue.  A precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s seminal yakuza series, Battle with Honor or Humanity series, the Outlaw: Gangster VIP manages to be a major bridge between the Ninkyo-eiga (Chivalry Films) and […]

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Green Room

Green Room

| April 19, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room manages to encapsulate the emotion and ferocity of hardcore punk music and imbue it into cinematic form; it’s loud, aggressive, exciting and then its over. At a mere 94 minutes, Saulnier’s thriller packs a powerful punch and is easily one of my favorite cinematic experiences of 2016. Pat (Anton Yelchin) is […]

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

| March 29, 2016

After watching The Hateful Eight twice now, once in the 70mm roadshow and another on home video, I feel confident enough to say that it’s not only my least favorite Quentin Tarantino film, but also one of the major cinematic disappointments of 2015. Set a few years after the American Civil War, the film follows […]

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Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season

Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season

| March 12, 2016

*This review will contain some minor spoilers for Game of Thrones. Read at your own discretion. “There is only one war. Life against death”, an utterance by the Red Priestess, Melisandre, in this past season of Game of Thrones and yet this idea echoes through the entirety of the TV show thus far. The series […]

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Triple 9

Triple 9

| February 26, 2016

Like a double-edged blade, John Hillcoat’s latest film, Triple 9 manages to cut both ways. On one side, it’s a well crafted, action packed heist film. On the other side, it contains too many convoluted plot lines and crossing paths that seem to converge into a head on collision of mediocrity in its final 20 […]