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  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man


    That most existing copies of Tsukamoto's granular masterpiece of WTF cinema appear to be un-restored and generally dirty is, perhaps, a sign of its credibility. I'm picturing a video installation at the MOMA: a naked man whose head is a television set. There's a movie on a continuous and bewildering loop. The audio is scratchy and echoes in the desperately clinical halls of the exhibit. That movie is "Tetuso". Where such a space affords distance, home video brings the nastiness…

  • High Tension

    High Tension


    Impeccable sound design, terribly contrived. An odd couple.

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  • Roadgames



    Plucky yet relentless. Stacy Keach nails it as the gregarious guy-who-drives-a-truck-but-is-not-a-truck-driver and JLC cements her scream queen reputation as an inquisitive hitcher in this 80s gem that features one of the weirdest car chases I've ever seen.

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance


    The sheer brutality and nihilism of Koike's writing doesn't really make the transition from manga to screen but enough of it bleeds through to give you this fresh sense of alien doom that is otherwise lacking in other chanbara before or since. I remember watching the New World Pictures mash-up as a kid feeling utterly disturbed by Itto Ogami's almost vile single-mindedness. At least in comparison to other samurai flicks I'd seen. Wakayama suffused his portrayal of Ogami with an…