Magic – Review

August 26, 2006

Anthony Hopkins in an early role as Corky, a magician down on his luck and short on his sanity. Corky is a ventriloquist, with a freaky dummy named Fats.

Dead End – Review

August 25, 2006

Part humorous, part drama, mostly creepy, with the bonus of Lin Shaye as the mom. She was the nasty landlady that Roy Munson reluctantly “services” in Kingpin.

The Hazing – Review

August 25, 2006

A fun film in the style of Night of the Demons, with just the right amount of nudity and fun gore. Look for the horny dismembered tongue scene.

The Hills Have Eyes – Review

August 25, 2006

The full uncut version on DVD with some nifty features like a making-of, trailers, commentary, and production diaries.

Pulse – Review

August 11, 2006

Blood, guts, and goofiness get the attention (Ichi The Killer, Audition, Versus) but Kurosawa’s recent work is more akin to Andrei Tarkovsky than Sam Raimi.

Kate Bush – Under Review – Review

August 4, 2006

As with the other Under Review installments, this round table discussion by certain “authorities” is little more than a generalized overview of her career.

The Smiths – Under Review – Review

August 4, 2006

People involved with certain artists – The Smiths, in this case – get together and offer a “critical analysis” of said artist’s career and impact upon society.

Howl’s Moving Castle – Review

July 28, 2006

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest, Howl’s Moving Castle, is another mind-boggling adventure in the “kid’s movie the way they really should be made” mold.

Savage Harvest – Review

July 7, 2006

A nice, dripping-screwdriver-to-the-forehead stabbing, a penetrating tongue encounter, and a cool vulture demon who sneaks mouthfuls of people’s entrails.

Refused Are Fucking Dead – Review

July 7, 2006

Refused Are Fucking Dead is a documentary in the vein of Meeting People is Easy, in that it’s not a “band DVD” but rather an outsider’s telling of the story.

Kung Fu Hustle – Review

June 28, 2006

The Mask as a karate movie, complete with faces that squash inwards and necks that twist like barber poles. Looney Tunes taken to its most chop-sockey extreme.

The Corpse Bride – Review

June 23, 2006

The Corpse Bride is not The Nightmare Before Christmas. The visuals are less distinguished, the songs don’t stand out, and the story just kind of chugs along.

Onibi – The Fire Within – Review

June 23, 2006

Kunihiro is damn near inscrutable, and since the film never truly lets us in on his mind, he’s an icon, a towering, silent ball of repressed bad-ass.

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