• Dead or Alive

    Dead or Alive

    ★★★★

    So I was thinking no way Miike tops that absolutely bonkers opening. But he did and how.

  • He Who Gets Slapped

    He Who Gets Slapped

    ★★★★

    Film School Dropouts: A film directed by Victor Sjöström or Seastrom if you prefer.

    The first Lon Chaney film I've ever seen. I know understand why the man still enjoys such legendary status even to this day. The amount of pathos and tragedy he brings to this character is remarkable. The first and major circus scene is nearly unbearable as we see him reliving his initial tragic humiliation for the enjoyment of others night after night.

  • Ley Lines

    Ley Lines

    ★★★★

    The railway keeps on going
    To towns far, far away

    A brilliant close to the Black Society Trilogy. That final shot over the water with the boat receding further and further into the distance is mwah *chef's kiss*

  • At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World

    At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World

    Included on the Arrow Blu Ray of Crash.

    Fuck. This feels uncomfortably relevant and pointed right now.

  • The Nest

    The Nest

    ★★½

    Included on the Arrow Blu Ray of Crash.

    Yeah but why was it shot that way? I found it very distracting and the film calling attention to it only made the distraction worse.

  • Always (crashing)

    Always (crashing)

    Included on the Arrow Blu Ray of Crash.

    Always (boring)

  • Nightmare Angel

    Nightmare Angel

    ★★½

    Included on the Arrow Blu Ray of Crash.

    Incredibly bare bones adaptation that actually preceeds Cronenberg's version by some years. Shot in black and white and with a score vaguely reminiscent of Tetsuo.

  • Crash!

    Crash!

    Included on the Arrow Blu Ray of Crash.

    Ballard's early ruminations on the subject of automobiles and their fetishisation. Act's as an uneasy companion piece to Cronenberg's film and is in it's own way more troubling and unsettling.

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★½

    There's a reason why I don't drive.

  • Rainy Dog

    Rainy Dog

    ★★★★

    This is probably the most mature and least absurd/surreal film I've seen from Miike and I absolutely love it. I'm a sucker for an animal in a film so more of the dog would've been great.

  • Shinjuku Triad Society

    Shinjuku Triad Society

    ★★★

    This lacks the polish of the work he would end the 90s with and not quite reaching the same depths of depravity and violence that Miike is also known for. But for his theatrical feature Miike left a helluva calling card.

  • Battle in Outer Space

    Battle in Outer Space

    ★★★½

    Some of the earlier scenes, especially those at the Space Research Centre, drag on a bit. But once we get into the action scenes this film really shines. The battle scenes on the moon and the dogfights are superbly done. Plus the score by Akira Ikufube is consistently excellent throughout.