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DVD Review: Killers (2014)

Coming off its brief run in United States movie theaters, horror-thriller KILLERS (2014) dropped April 7 of this year on DVD via Well Go USA Entertainment… 715 more words


Every frame a painting

“Every frame a painting” is the name of a YouTube channel devised by Tony Zhou.  Each video discusses and illustrates some aspect of film-making.

Here is a piece on the use of camera movement and… 49 more words

Found Objects

The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)

We see two blind men walking along a country road. They’re travelling to a resort in the hills where they’ll ply their trade as masseurs, serving clients in the local spas. 519 more words

Cinema Scoring

The Burmese Harp (1956, Kon Ichikawa)

The Burmese Harp is Kon Ichikawa’s poetic, lyrical, yet uneven, meditation on the external and internal suffering experienced during wartime. It follows a regiment of Japanese soldiers trekking deep in the Burmese jungle as they pass the time with sing-a-longs to the light, delicate pluckings of Mizushima’s (Shôji Yasui) harp. 324 more words

Branded to Kill

What a daring business play
Perhaps conceived in delirium,
To have a film worthy of MST3K
Released by the Collection Criterion.
Especially when its own dear vaults… 63 more words

40 Years of Sentai: Japanese Costumed Superhero Teams

Forty years ago today, on April 5, 1975, a series called “Goranger” premiered on the TV Asahi network in Japan. The full Japanese title of the show is “Himitsu Sentai Gorenja,” translated literally into English as “Secret Squadron FiveRangers.” It was the first in a long franchise devoted to the concept of a team of five people (usually four men and one woman) in color-coded costumes that bestow certain powers and skills on them so they can work together to defeat monstrous enemies either based on Earth or from other planets (or dimensions) who attack Japan and wreak havoc on, usually, Tokyo. 2,714 more words

Japanese Cinema

Massacre Gun Blu-ray Review: Gang of Three

Words: Brody Rossiter
Twitter: @BrodyRossiter


Rooted in the inherently violent and aggressively traditional world of warring Yakuza factions, Yasuharu Hasebe’s Massacre Gun… 486 more words