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  • The Visitor in the Eye

    The Visitor in the Eye

    ★★★

    Something I’ve discovered in viewing all these Obayashi films this year: even a not-so-great Obayashi movie has qualities making it worth the watch. This movie is another example of that. As a Black Jack adaptation, he is barely in the movie. Sure, Jo Shishido has a few moments but even he seems a bit confounded by the role (admittedly it’s a better character on the page or in anime). But this isn’t really a Black Jack movie; it’s a crime…

  • Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

    Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

    ★★½

    Children’s fantasy flick as influenced by Sid and Marty Krofft. Eh not great but weirdly fascinating and very Canadian. Severin should probably release this in their Severin Kids line. It would fit in rather well.

    Happy Canadian Film Day!

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  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    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.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    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.