Fuse, Memoirs of the Hunter Girl may not be the snappiest film title, but it's a fairly decent anime offering from last year based on a Japanese epic novel, Nansō Satomi Hakkenden (The Eight Dog Chronicles). The story has been adapted into television and film many times, including the 1983 film Legend of 8 Samurai starring Sonny Chiba, and this isn't even the first anime offering, but this interpretation is a colourful and well structured action-drama.
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It's a fairly straightforward narrative that starts off with a decent thriller set-up in a curious exotic location, Malaysia, but then spends far too long in New York City building up a romantic angle between the characters of Vaughn and Heche, who also starred as the main characters of the causeless Psycho remake released that same year. It does get better again towards the end and Joaquin Phoenix is certainly the stand-out in his supporting role as the prisoner.
Rope is a directorial and acting experiment from Alfred Hitchcock, in an attempt to turn theatre into film. With long continious scenes and very little editting, the focus is all on the camerawork and the performances of a very talented cast. James Stewart's presence is wonderful and Dall and Granger, who play the murderers, also put on a very authentic, confident performances.
There are many great situational-dramas out there, but from Alfred Hitchcock the bar of expectation was always going…