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: “Understanding Movies” – Cleverly gives the finger to the rules of filmmaking

Review by: Mut Asheru UNDERSTANDING MOVIES is an entertaining short film directed by Yim Ji-eun that comically points out how the business and art of filmmaking can step on each other’s toes much to the detriment of the end product. It demonstrates what can happen when so called “experts and their lauded rules get involved” […]

Film Review: “Shuttlecock” – An indie Korean film that we liked

Review by: Mut Asheru Others have referred to this film as a “road-trip” movie. But it’s not. SHUTTLECOCK (셔틀콕) directed by Lee Yu-bin (이유빈) tells the story of 3step-siblings who have to find a way to live with and take care of each other after their parents deaths. Shuttlecock is a badminton term used for […]

Film Review: “The One I Love” – With Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass is full of originality and wit

Film Review by: Gordon K Smith After a slew of gargantuan summer action epics (some I liked, others I didn’t), here’s a little movie made with just a few actors and locations in a couple of weeks, that has more originality and wit than any of those epics, and it says more about what makes […]

Movie Review: “Are You Here” – Does Matthew Weiner’s storytelling gifts translate well to the big screen?

Film review by: Gordon K. Smith I had high expectations for ARE YOU HERE, the feature film debut for writer/director Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men.   I love Mad Men, and revere that there’s at least one cable series that finds drama in character detail and dialog instead of gratuitous flesh/gore and guns in […]

Film Review: “Ichi”…It compels you, it draws you to it

A Look Back: “Ichi” (2008) English: …..Still Ichi Studio: Shochiku Distributor[s]: Warner Bros. Japan and Funimation Review by: Ifakoya English When your movie has the ability to make me smile just by looking at the poster. You’ve done something right. This film is a little gem, especially to those fans of the Zatoichi films or […]

Movie Review: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”…seems to be about elevation

Review By: Bill Graham Everything about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes seems to be about elevation. What started as a viral spread of infection in Rise of the Planet of the Apes has turned into a full-blown epidemic on a global scale that has resulted in billions of people dying, the dissolution of […]

Film Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction”…we just can’t

Review By: Bill Graham I’m genuinely curious what a Michael Bay Transformers script would look like. How does it develop? What is the process behind it? Does it start with a general idea and just balloon to what is ultimately on the screen? That’s about the only way I can see a movie like Transformers: […]

Anime Review: “Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart” – we must be honest

 Review by: Ifakoya English ….What in nine circles of implausible hell is this? Clearly the existence of this can really only be explained by saying that it was meant to be a weapon. A weapon that someone was developing in order to combat some ancient dark wizard that threatened to destroy the world, and they […]

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 […]