A.A. Zane

A.A. Zane

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I'm not a cynic. I'm just a very angry optimist.

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  • Man of La Mancha

    Man of La Mancha

    ★★★½

    I'm continually baffled by the way some musical adaptations of classic lit seem to willfully flatten and contradict the themes of their source material but who am I to argue with a good song?

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★★★

    Modernity. Colonialism. Gentrification. Displacement. Assimilation. Testicles.

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  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    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…

  • Roadgames

    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.