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Japan and the Criterion Collection: A Winning Combination


Last weekend, thanks to the fantastic review from the always trustworthy Goregirl’s Dungeon, I caught up with the Criterion Collection release of Kuroneko (1968). It’s about a woman and her daughter-in-law, who are raped and killed in a fire by a band of samurai. They return as ghosts, exacting their revenge upon all samurai… until they encounter the woman’s son (and the daughter-in-law’s husband), who has become a samurai. I won’t continue lest I spoil the film. Needless to say, it’s a tremendous movie. And it made me look back on all of the Japanese films I’ve seen out of the Criterion Collection. I haven’t seen a bad one yet. Continue reading

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Don’t Watch It, John! Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

The idea behind the “Don’t Watch It, John!” series is to find cinema that’s so rotten, so foul, so incredibly fetid that no other human being would dare recommend it to another human being. For this entry in the series, I’ll be discussing Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975). It’s a bit of a departure- usually, this series has involved very obviously bad films that populate the IMDb Bottom 100. Salò, believe it or not, is a Criterion Collection film. But as you will read moving forward, there were plenty of reasons for its inclusion as a “Don’t Watch It” film. May God have mercy on my soul. Continue reading

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The Foreign Film Novice Starter Kit

The notion of watching foreign films can be a bit daunting for some people. There are obviously lots of fantastic movies that don’t require subtitles, and a person could easily live a fulfilling movie-watching lifetime with nothing but same-language cinema. There is no shame whatsoever in doing that. But there are so many wonderful films from other countries, ripe for the picking by those with the curiosity and patience to adapt to foreign language films. I’m here to help those people with this handy, dandy Foreign Film Novice Starter Kit.

I should probably note that when I say “foreign language films”, I’m referring to non-English language films, watched by English-speaking people. These rules and tips may apply cross-culturally but I’m in no position to say.  Continue reading

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2010: The First Annual TDYLFies

A quartet of what would've been 2008 TDYLFie Award Nominees

I can’t recall every single movie I’ve seen this year. I do know, however, that probably 75% of the movies I’ve seen have been via Netflix. And having no record of the other 25% (which Netflix used to have with the use of a chronological ratings history slider, but I don’t want to get back into the whole Netflix thing again), I’m forced to make my year-end awards selections strictly from the rentals I’ve gotten through Netflix. Using only the list of things I’ve seen via Netflix in 2010, let’s hand out some film awards, which I’m calling TDYLFies (phonetically: ta-dill-fees). Why call ’em that? Why not?  Continue reading

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