Category Archives: film

Godzilla (Ishirō Honda, 1954)

“History shows again and again,” writes that unsung modern philosopher Buck Dharma, “how nature points up the folly of men.” Meaning, for those unfamiliar with Blue Öyster Cult’s 1979 monster hit, one Godzilla, 20-story-tall king of the monsters, and the … Continue reading

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Golden Year: BOY (Nagisha Oshima, 1969)

Nagisa Oshima’s Boy has the “ripped from the headlines” appeal of a timely social-problem film, recounting three months in the life of a struggling family (disabled veteran father, young stepmother, two children) that looks to get ahead by faking car accidents and … Continue reading

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Golden Year: EROS + MASSACRE (Kiju Yoshida, 1969)

Widely considered Yoshida’s masterpiece, Eros + Massacre brings an epic scale to its intimate portrayal of Sakae Osugi (Toshiyuki Hosokawa), a free-love-espousing anarchist who, along with his lover, Noe Ito (Mariko Okada), was murdered by a right-wing militarist faction within the Japanese … Continue reading

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Golden Year: WOMEN IN LOVE (Ken Russell, 1969)

Ken Russell’s Women In Love is one of those exceedingly rare film adaptations of a vaunted literary work that successfully manages to fuse fidelity to the source material with its director’s distinctive visual style. Larry Kramer’s screenplay lifts virtually all of its … Continue reading

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Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

“Kiju Yoshida’s thought-provoking political trilogy makes its Region A Blu-ray debut with sturdy transfers and some essential contextual bonus materials.” Read my review of Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism over at Slant Magazine.

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When Gothic Meets Giallo: Emilio P. Miraglia’s The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

“Throughout the 1960s and into the mid-1970s, two very different kinds of films dominated the Italian horror genre, each accompanied by their own distinctive iconographies. The gothic style is frequently associated with the remote past, cobweb-strewn castles, and ancestral curses, … Continue reading

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Ophelia (Claude Chabrol, 1963)

“Claude Chabrol’s ironic and elegiac take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet makes its Region A Blu-ray debut with a gorgeous transfer and little else.” Read the review over at Slant Magazine.

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