座頭市物語 (Zatoichi monotogari) [The Tale of Zatoichi] (1962)

So far as I can tell, the archetypal “blind person who’s actually incredibly lethal, but intensely gentle and humble” was originated, or at least most emphatically popularized, with the series of stories about Zatoichi told across 26+ films (plus, because there are spin-offs, reboots…), and a one hundred episode TV series. I remember bumping into Blind […]

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Vernon, Florida (1981)

I’ve had a stack of DVDs collecting dust for nigh on a decade now, some of which have finally seen the light of day as I falteringly revisit my movie-reviewing past. Some I discovered the Criterion Collection had actually acquired the rights to and released themselves. This past August, I took most of those titles–many […]

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

I actually started watching this film close to a month ago, but got distracted–then, after a month of working weekends and a determination to read myself back up to and then through Jo Nesbø’s Snømannen (aka The Snowman) prior to the theatrical adaptation’s release in a week,¹ I finally returned to it. It had already taken me somewhat […]

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I was intrigued, in principal, by this movie. I’ve had an affection for daikaiju for as long as I can remember (the number of stories related to this that actually have some relevance to my life is surprising, to be sure). The idea of a much larger Kong–simultaneously hinting at the already pre-production rumours of Legendary […]

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Death Note (2017)

I’ve always had a funny relationship with anime and manga. Early on, there was a suggestion that it was tripe, and it was early enough that I nodded and took it as true. Then, I picked up my first issue of Fangoria–#145. It had articles on the live adaptations of Fist of the North Star and Crying Freeman. […]

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Barefoot in the Park (1967)

I’m prone to anachronism of taste, this is nothing like a secret. Despite being born midway through them, my affection for the 1980s (both in music and in film, even as I delve deeper into the recesses, corners, nooks, crannies, and antechambers of each) is well-known. That’s not too far off, though: I was at […]

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Colossal (2016)

I actually intended to see this one theatrically and I just never got around to it. The premise and the trailer itself seemed interesting enough, and it was getting pretty solid reviews. The director’s name (Nacho Vigalondo) sounded terribly familiar, but I couldn’t place it. I still can’t, and looking up his credits, I’m really […]

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The Gambler (1974)

When asked how I feel about non-fiction–something that oddly happens more often now working in the field of IT than it ever did while working for five-and-a-half years in a bookstore–I always have the strange answer that my small shelves of non-fiction have a handful of charismatic scientists (Feynman, Sagan), tons of witty journalist Jon […]

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