• Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer

    Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer

    ★★★★★

    Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer is where Oshii really started to show his style and began his penchant for ignoring large swaths of whatever source material he was adapting to do his own thing. In fact, his vision for this film was so different it almost didn’t get approved and after it came out reception was mixed from fans who didn’t like how much he deviated. 

    In Beautiful Dreamer, it starts out like a normal day in Tomobiki with the cast…

  • Bad Boy Bubby

    Bad Boy Bubby

    ★★★★

    Y’all weren’t kidding this is WILD. The first 30 minutes are very fucked up. Then it gets even more bizarre and then Bubby joins a band and it’s kinda heartwarming (in comparison). Really well made, for having so many DPs it looks cohesive!

  • Painkiller

    Painkiller

    ★★★½

    The opioid crisis in the United states is ongoing with upwards of 50,000 people dying a year from overdoses. In the late '90s opioids became over-prescribed for pain management and it wasn't until after the deaths started ramping up that investigations into the matter showed that these drugs were indeed highly addictive with a significant percentage of patients (21%-29%) misusing them. 

    Unfortunately, due to the way our health coverage is in the US, alternate methods of pain management such as…

  • Back to the Future Part II

    Back to the Future Part II

    ★★★★½

    The editing in this film is incredible! Mixing old and new footage seamlessly. Practical effects look fantastic even now.

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    Video games are notoriously hard to adapt to the screen. The type of story works in short bursts or as cut-scenes, or depending on how old the game is, only in a paragraph in an instruction manual, is hard to expand on. Conversely, story-heavy games often have 30-40 hours to use to flesh out characters and narrative and this has to be condensed onto a feature length film. Either way, filmmakers have their work cut out for them.

    Mortal Kombat…

  • Switchblade Sisters

    Switchblade Sisters

    ★★★★

    "You can beat us, chain us, lock us up, but we're gonna be back, understand?!"

    Switchblade Sisters (1975) seems like a run-of-the-mill "bad girls do bad things" kind of flick, but simmering under the surface is a poignant and tragic soul that lends some gravitas to a trashy premise. The film opens up watching Lace (Robbie Lee) getting ready, her babyface demeanor in stark contrast to her hard-edged clothing. She's the leader of the Dagger Debs, a gang of young…

  • Helldriver

    Helldriver

    Out of all of the Sushi Typoon films, Helldriver (2010) might be the most action-packed. Director Nishimura takes a stab at a zombie flick but with his usual flamboyant touch.

    Helldriver starts out following Kika (Yumiko Hara) a young woman who is hiding from her sociopathic mother Rikka (Eihi Shiina ) and cannibalistic Uncle Yasushi (Kentaro Kishi). They eventually find her and torture her and murder her father. Before Rikka can administer the killing blow to Kika she is hit…

  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★★★½

    There have been a few attempts to make pandemic films, with most of them taking the concept too literally. It feels redundant somehow to watch a film that is a direct mirror to current events especially when said event is still ongoing. That being said, it is inevitable that these few "plague years" as it were will affect the tone of art for years to come as it was a shared tragedy for the entire globe.

    Ben Wheatley's In the…

  • Mutant Girls Squad

    Mutant Girls Squad

    ★★★★

    In the case of Mutant Girls Squad (2010), it was co-directed by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi. The story is divided into three chapters with each director taking a segment. In an interesting choice, it's not an anthology film but a single cohesive narrative. All three directors are friends in real life and have worked together on various other projects so it's not surprising their styles meshed together so well.

    The story follows a high school girl named…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★½

    There is literally 15 minutes of cool shit in this. The rest is incoherent trash.

  • The Prize of Peril

    The Prize of Peril

    ★★★★

    In 1958, author Robert Shecky published a short story called The Prize of Peril in which an everyman named Jim Raeder participates in a series of increasingly dangerous reality television shows. The so-called Prize of Peril show has the contestant let loose on the streets and hunted by a gang of criminals. If he can survive for a week he will be showered with riches and fame. Unfortunately, the game seems to be rigged and not in Raeder's favor. Shecky's…

  • The Running Man

    The Running Man

    ★★★★

    Richard Dawson is inspired casting.