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  • New Tale of Zatoichi 1963

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2014

    For the third film in the blind swordsman's franchise, New Tale of Zatoichi moves further away from the sword slashing elements of the first two and further into a character drama - fueled by another stellar performance from Shintaro Katsu. While the film is not nearly as fast paced nor action oriented, the beautiful direction (and cinematography) of the film makes the film feel lush and atmospheric and it adds a visual life to a film that is dense with characters who all seem to be trying to find a new way of life - ultimately with tragic results.

  • All Cheerleaders Die 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    In an interesting twist, All Cheerleaders Die is an intriguing throwback film to the high school horror trend of the late 90s and early 00s. I've heard of retro-horror before, but never for that bleak time in the genre's history. Yet, All Cheerleaders Die has a knack for pulling it off (much better than many of the films from that era did) with a blend of Bring It On style visuals and streak of very dark and brutal comedy. And…

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  • Phantoms 1998

    ★★½ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2014

    The trick of Phantoms is that there is a good film in there...but the story is often too big for it's own movie. Some of the elements work (Liev as a reoccurring antagonist with the darkly humorous catch phrase "Hey, you wanna see somethin'?") but the film has to careen into the plot and the driving mystery that one could really care less about our heroes. I'm not sure I could tell you any character name in the film let…

  • Zodiac 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2014

    For a film that's well over 2 hours long, filled with a dozen characters, and has almost no effective resolution - Zodiac is phenomenal. Only Fincher could pull a film like this off. It's brilliantly paced, acted, and detail directed to make the mystery feel visceral and fresh. Love this film.