Mini-reviews: Perfect Host, Wicked Little Things, I Sell the Dead, River Murders
Nov10

Mini-reviews: Perfect Host, Wicked Little Things, I Sell the Dead, River Murders

Perfect Host (2010) – After pulling off a bank robbery, John Taylor (Clayne Crawford) needs a place to lay low. He tries conning his way into one house, but strikes out with the occupant (Angie Baby singer Helen Reddy). Then he comes upon the mailbox of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce). Inside he finds a postcard, and he uses the information on it to convince Wilson that he’s a friend of a friend. Even though he’s getting ready for...

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Bad Films Part II – July 2011

We continue our exploration of “bad films” in this second part of the series. Please note that “bad” is being used loosely. Many of the films, I simply didn’t like because they were either disappointing or boring. But then, of course, any “good” or “bad” list is a product of subjectivity. 1)       Adjustment Bureau (2011) – Written and directed by George Nolfi and based on a short...

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Bad Films Part I – July 2011

Call me a masochist, but if I haven’t seen a new release, and I can rent it for a reasonable price – I’m talking Blockbuster Express/Redbox $1 a night reasonable – I will probably take a chance on it. (I also have to be in the right mood and have the time, but you get the idea.) This has resulted in my having seen a bunch of absolute rubbish within the last few months. Because none of these films warrants a full 600-word-plus...

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Kill the Irishman
Jun29

Kill the Irishman

If you start watching Kill the Irishman (2011), I’m pretty sure you will get hooked. It starts, quite literally, with a bang. I came upon the film the other day when I was trawling through new releases on Amazon.com. That service allows you to watch the first two minutes of any film. Curious about Kill the Irishman, I started it off, and when it timed out I let out an “oh, man.” Because of one reason or another, I had to wait a day to...

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Films of Masaki Kobayashi
Jun09

Films of Masaki Kobayashi

Based on Junpei Gomikawa’s epic six-volume novel and starring Tatsuya Nakadai, The Human Condition trilogy was for a long time, unavailable on DVD. I was so intrigued by the films that I got them through my university’s inter-library loan program. And believe me, that was quite an adventure. They recently became available on DVD and can be rented through Netflix. The Human Condition: Disc 1 (1959) – This is a long film, but it is one...

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The Face of Another (1966)

The Face of Another (1966) – Of the three Teshigahara films in the Criterion collection – “Pitfall,” “Woman in the Dunes” and “The Face of Another” – this is probably my least favorite. According to the extra essay included on the disc, I’m not alone in my reaction. “Woman in the Dunes” is near perfection, therefore, any subsequent films will be seen as...

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