Mike

i teach radio tv film at UWO and watch bad movies

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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★★★

    outside of aramaki, batou, and 2501, the voice work is shockingly bad in this dub. this is some landmark shit and they can't even be bothered to re-record with new voice actors and direction? come on! i am only miffed because the official subs included are almost as bad.

    sorry to start off so negative, because i love this so much and can appreciate it so much more than when i first watched it nearly 20 years ago. oshii's direction…

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★★

    Not much to say about a bonafide cinematic classic other than the set design is otherworldly and Conrad Veidt is captivating as Cesare, one of the most iconic characters in film in this humble idiot's opinion. Wiene directs this incredibly tight allegory for the German people and I really hope my students liked it (the silent aspect will be the biggest hurdle to overcome).

    If you're not watching the Kino version with the free jazz score, what are you doing?

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★½

    Really enjoyable bildungsroman from Miyazaki. I wouldn't say he stretches his abilities too much in this one, as many of the themes echo earlier films (the coming-of-age stuff in particular). I thought the environmental message would have been more prominent, but outside of the River God being cured by pulling all the trash out of him, it is minimal.

    The world is incredibly detailed and fleshed out, as to be expected. The character design in particular is noteworthy, as the…

  • Shadow of the Dragon

    Shadow of the Dragon

    ★★★★½

    shadow of the dragon does not waste any time, dropping us in medias res into william smith, totally entranced by a buddha statue and confessing his love for it so he can steal the jewel on the forehead. smith plays a psychotic American soldier who commits multiple war crimes. all credit to smith, who manages to deliver an absolutely bizarre, affected performance almost entirely through ADR, which is what this whole movie is (i wonder if they only had smith…