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  • Double Indemnity
  • The Lady Eve
  • Ball of Fire
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  • The Great Race

  • Vagabond Schemer

    ★★★★★

  • Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★

  • Nebula Mask Machine Man

    ★★★

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  • Vagabond Schemer

    Vagabond Schemer

    Starts at Hajime Hana feeding a buncha guys ground up human bones which gives them diarrhea from hell, ends at a point that might be even more macabre……but in a 60s Yoji Yamada kinda way so it's a fun mix of distastefulness and wholesome vibes. Chieko Baisho can drive my bus any time. Had a lot of fun translating this one, and happy if that means others will check it out, too.

  • Kotaro, An Audacious Karate Boy

    Kotaro, An Audacious Karate Boy

    An improvement over Iga no Kabamaru, the other late career Norifumi Suzuki-directed, JAC-heavy manga adaptation with more or less the same people. Stupid as shit and energetic. If America had Meatballs, Porky's, and so on… Japan had this, and honestly I dunno what else because it's a thing that only existed in manga for a long time. The JAC attendance list of "of course" to "who" is pretty much reversed when you look at how much they're in it (these movies are about up and comers, not established stars), but tokusatsu fans might get a kick out of seeing the movie that pits Gavan against Juspion.

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  • Ice Cream Man

    Ice Cream Man

    My favorite piece of Ice Cream Man trivia is that they recently tried to do a Kickstarter for part 2 but only managed to get 4 out of their 300k goal and half of that came from one backer who pledged 2k to pick an ice cream flavor in the movie.

  • Battle Beyond the Stars

    Battle Beyond the Stars

    "With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this."

    — Akira Kurosawa

    "One of the space samurai should have really big boobies."

    — Roger Corman