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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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Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava, 1959)

“Italian maestros of the macabre Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava team up for a curious (and sometimes unwieldy) fusion of sci-fi and gothic horror elements.” Read the review on Slant Magazine.

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Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1985)

“Juzo Itami’s “ramen western” Tampopo is a zesty concoction that investigates the often surreal intersections of sex, death, and other human appetites.” Read the rest of the review at Slant Magazine.

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