Satoshi Kon paints a magnificent picture with 2001’s Millennium Actress, a stunning and dramatic animated feature. Featuring a screenplay by Kon and Sadayuki Murai, this film contends with some significant symbolism but never gets carried away. It weaves a human tale, telling a story of love and longing and consumption.Read more "Millennium Actress (2001)"
In this Monday feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts and will delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be as haphazard meticulous as possible. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)"
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki, Sex and Fury is one of the most renowned of the pinku eiga films to be produced by the Toei Company. Featuring a screenplay by Suzuki, Tarō Bonten and Masahiro Kakefuda, this 1973 motion picture melds the sensibilities of Meiji period Japan with the splaying sex and violence of exploitation cinema.Read more "Sex and Fury (1973)"
A forbidding, charmingly ominous parlour noir, Ladies in Retirement is a fated document of dark doings. Directed by Charles Vidor from a screenplay by Garrett Ford and Reginald Denham, this 1941 movie is based on the 1940 Broadway play of the same name by Denham and Edward Percy. It is ensconced in a sullen, foggy […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: Ladies in Retirement (1941)"
Korean martial artist Y.K. Kim is responsible for Miami Connection, a 1987 action picture that is so defiant in its earnestness that it’s hard to resist. Kim directs this Z-movie along with Richard Park. Both contributed to the story, while Joseph Diamond is credited with the screenplay.Read more "Miami Connection (1987)"
Jack Hill directs The Big Doll House, one of the first of the popular “women in prison” exploitation films. The genre had been circulating since at least the 1930s, with outings like Hold Your Man introducing audiences to the plight of women behind bars. In the case of this 1971 picture, Hill and screenwriter Don […]Read more "The Big Doll House (1971)"
In terms of crossovers, the blending of Hammer Studios and the Shaw Brothers Studio is hypnotic. With The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, also known as The Seven Brothers and Their One Sister Meet Dracula, the exemplary horror of Count Dracula copes with the martial arts witchcraft of Hong Kong’s masters.Read more "The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: His Trysting Place (1914)"
The third and final movie in the disparate Ninja trilogy from Cannon Films, Ninja III: The Domination is a weird web of martial arts, fantasy and who knows what else. Directed by Sam Firstenberg, this 1984 flick features a screenplay by James Silke and is produced by David Womark, Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.Read more "Ninja III: The Domination (1984)"
When audiences in 1957 got a look at the monster in Fred F. Sears’ The Giant Claw, they “went into hysterics.” It was enough to make star Jeff Morrow sink into his seat in hopes of not being recognized, with the “feathered nightmare on wings” chewing the hell out of the Empire State Building and […]Read more "The Giant Claw (1957)"
Mervyn LeRoy’s Johnny Eager is a sometimes dazzling film noir from 1941. Featuring a screenplay by John Lee Mahin and James Edward Grant, this is an archetypical story of redemption set against the backdrop of organized crime. The cinematography of Harold Rosson touches things up and helps the production transition from glossy drama to cheap […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: Johnny Eager (1941)"
Directed by Sam Firstenberg, Revenge of the Ninja is the second of three unrelated ninja pictures from Cannon Films. The first entry, Enter the Ninja, introduced the West to Japanese martial artist Sho Kosugi and his many talents. This 1983 follow-up not only features Kosugi again, it pulls his nine-year-old son Kane Kosugi into the […]Read more "Revenge of the Ninja (1983)"
It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to something like Ninja Terminator. This 1985 actioner from Hong Kong director Godfrey Ho is the stuff of Z-movie legend, with its cut-and-paste technique, madcap music, insane plot, bizarre characters, Garfield phone, off-kilter cinematography, toy robot, and throwing stars amounting to one of the most […]Read more "Ninja Terminator (1985)"
Andy Sidaris plays to his strengths in Savage Beach, a mediocre B-movie from 1989 that assembles such luminaries as Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Teri Weigel, and Michael J. Shane. This bevy of bodacious bods stacks the vacuous feature with plenty of eye candy, continuing Sidaris’ proclivity for “bullets, bombs and babes.”Read more "Savage Beach (1989)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: His Musical Career (1914)"
Andy Sidaris returns to the silicone-enhanced well with Picasso Trigger, a 1988 action-adventure B-movie that naturally features a fleet of no less than seven Playboy Playmates. Once again, the filmmaker is in charge of the screenplay. And once again, “bullets, bombs and babes” are the order of the day.Read more "Picasso Trigger (1988)"
A twisted psychological film noir, Rage in Heaven is as obvious as a punch in the face. This 1941 motion picture is directed by the irregular trifecta of W.S. Van Dyke, Robert B. Sinclair and Richard Thorpe with a screenplay by Christopher Isherwood and Robert Thoeren.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Rage in Heaven (1941)"
Andy Sidaris directs and writes Hard Ticket to Hawaii, a 1987 continuance of the sleazy extravaganza that was Malibu Express. The action shifts to Hawaii, a locale that many of the filmmaker’s subsequent B-movies would hold dear. Once again, the cast is stacked with Playboy Playmates, Penthouse Pets, bit players, and soap stars.Read more "Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)"
Andy Sidaris directs Malibu Express, a 1985 actioner that stars a merry band of Playboy Playmates, a soap star and Sybil Danning. There’s no real question as to what kind of film this is, with a convoluted plot serving as a mere frame for the bullets, bombs and babes on display. It’s a B-movie in […]Read more "Malibu Express (1985)"
Directed by wuxia master King Hu, Come Drink with Me is an exotic and clever Hong Kong adventure movie. The Shaw Brothers production features the cinematography of Ho Lan-shan, with a screenplay by King Hu and Yi Cheung.Read more "Come Drink with Me (1966)"