Los Cronocrímenes [Timecrimes] (2007)

I vaguely recall hearing this name associated with director Ignacio “Nacho” Vigalondo, but considering how confused I was about what movies he was known for, I’m not even sure what that all amounts to, other than possibly an invented memory. Vigalondo was most recently responsible for Colossal, which I did like, but I don’t know that […]

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続・座頭市物語 (Zoku Zatōichi Monogatari) [The Tale of Zatoichi Continues] (1962)

Woah, what an ending. I’ve been too distracted to continue with the Zatoichi series that I started watching a little while ago, but I’ve hit it back up with my short night and found myself into the rapidly produced sequel to the original. How rapidly? Six months to the day after the original was released. Dang. I’m not […]

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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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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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Touch of Evil [Restored Cut] (1958)

Anachronistically, I forever find myself singing the Judas Priest song whenever I think of this movie. Of course, timing aside, this makes no sense: the Priest song is intensely sexual, which is not really relevant here. But the mind does as it will. Nonsensical associations aside, this is hardly an obscure film. I’d heard of […]

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蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

As always, the title was changed in translation: "Kumonosu-jō" actually translates to "Spider's Web Castle," the given name of the castle in the film. It's probably criminal to some, but at this point I'm more familiar–in terms of what I have experienced–with the work of Akira Kurosawa than I am with the work of William […]

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Taps (1981)

“Tom Cruise in his second film role!” a sticker proudly proclaims on the 25th anniversary release of this film. It seems to have been added later, possibly to push sales of the film by riding the name of the biggest star of the lot. Sort of a shame, because the film has some better actors […]

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Total Recall (1990)

When I was younger and this had come out, it was forever “the movie with the woman with three breasts.” Most jokes made about it these days seem to reference this, too (or maybe they were just the only ones I got prior to seeing it…), though there was also the Fangoria cover that showed […]

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Twilight (2008)

Working in a bookstore, with bookstore employees, I wrote off Stephenie Meyer’s books like everyone else. In the lead up to the release of the fourth and final book (Breaking Dawn), however, I decided someone in the store ought to have read them all, so I did just that. I read them in about four […]

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