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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2014

    Picked the wrong theater to view this but even the assholes who talked DURING THE ENTIRE MOVIE did not detract from how insanely marvelous this film is. Easily will make my list for the best of 2014 (currently my #1 of 40 or so this year). I'm so glad I knew nothing about this movie, not even its basic premise, before going in. I would advise the same for your viewing; the unfolding mystery is brilliant. One of the very…

  • The Samurai Pirate 1963

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    Toshiro Mifune leads a group of bandits and a magical monk to save a princess from the evil Premier, an evil witch and the Black Pirates. In theory it plays like a Sinbad film, hence the international title, loaded with sword & sandals adventure and fantasy. The comedy bits are flat but the chanbara swordplay and Mifune's charisma make up for it. Having the trifecta of Mie Hama, Kumi Mizuno and Akiko Wakabayashi (Toho/Godzilla alum) as the top three female leads def helps. Eiji Tsuburaya's crew on FX. Miniature work is okay. Overall fun flick that deserves a decent home video release. A MAGICAL MONK!!

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 2

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.