DVD Review: Death Trance – Looking Back

Directed by: Yuji Shimomura Produced by: Yoshinori Chiba Written by: Seiji Chiba, Shinichi Fujita Music by: Rui Ogawa, Dir en grey Distributed by : Tokyo Shock Released: May 12, 2005 Running time: 90 min Language: Japanese Review By: Ifakoya English Oh man I remember this film fondly. Not only for its utter lack of ability […]

Film Review: “Buraddo” – A look back at why we shouldn’t look back

A Look Back: “Buraddo” (2009) English Title: Blood Review by: Ifakoya English   BEHOLD! One of the most boring vampire movies ever made! I should have known this movie was going to be boring since it had a blander title than “Monster Girls Squad” but being that I got a kick out of movies with […]

Film Review: “Denjin Zabōgā” – I have no idea what this is….but I love it!

Review by: Ifakoya English I have no idea what this is….but I love it! A remake of a Tokusatsu series of the same name from 1970’s, this movie attempts to bring the story of Yutaka Daimon (played here by two actors; Itsuji Itao being the older and Yasuhisa Furuhara being the younger) to the current […]

DVD Review: “Kyūketsu Shōjo tai Shōjo Furanken” – Japanese action-horror flick that’s umm…

Review by: Ifakoya English Oh boy. I can’t really start to describe this movie. Japanese action-horror flick Kyūketsu Shōjo tai Shōjo Furanken is based off of a manga of the same name…that doesn’t really tell you much, except that it’s akin to our video-game movies. To get the actual plot out of the way, it’s […]

Film Review: “Sarubeji Maisu!” – directed by Ryuta Tasaki

Review by: Ifakoya English You know, there are thing in the universe that I think I would go out of my way to avoid. Being the type of person I am these things typically revolve around friendship, trust, and anything dealing with human emotion that isn’t the need for destruction, death, and violence. I happen […]

Film Review: ‘Miracle in Cell No. 7’..scores big on presentation, but…

Review By: Christopher J. Wheeler Society may not always have our best interests at heart. Laws and regulations are tangled with bureaucracy and riddled with a rigidity that often leaves the individual alone and unrepresented. Modern Korean cinema has embraced the depiction of such societal frustrations, often choosing to downplay authority figures while indulging melodramatics. […]

DVD Review: Leon Morin, Priest

Review By: Boo Allen Leon Morin, Priest (***) In another film looking at life during wartime, the Criterion Collection debuts to DVD, and Blu-ray, a high definition digital restoration of an unusually philosophical film from French auteur Jean-Pierre Melville. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays the title character, a dedicated priest in the small occupied village of St. […]

DVD Review: Winter in Wartime

Review By: Boo Allen Winter in Wartime (***) This exquisitely photographed Dutch film takes place in January, 1945, when World War Two neared an end, and Germans troops still occupied an increasingly fretful Holland. When an English pilot (Jamie Campbell Bower) crash lands in a nearby forest, young Michiel (Martijn Lakemeier) finds himself unwittingly caring […]

DVD Review: Erasing David

Review By: Boo Allen In this compelling documentary, British actor and filmmaker David Bond uses Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” approach and uses himself to make a statement about the trail of information individuals unwittingly leave behind them. Bond hires and then has filmed a private investigation firm to track him and possibly find him […]

DVD Review: The Sacrifice

Review By:  Boo Allen Kino International re-issues and gives a Blu-ray debut to this haunting enigma from internationally renowned Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. Like all of his films, this one, his last before dying of cancer in 1986, challenges viewers, dealing in metaphysical questions that require diffuse conversations often resulting in long, lingering shots (his […]