Culture Shock: Pig Farts – Column

July 20, 2007

It’s easy to slip into arrogant mockery when surrounded by the unfamiliar, particularly when as wide-eyed and bushy-tailed as Japanese Culture.

The Museum of Bad Art – Review

May 11, 2007

Once upon a time, the dividing lines between “good” and “bad” were clearer, and reveling in “bad” art was a pretty amusing thing.

Touch Me In The Morning – Review

April 6, 2007

No one can legitimately call this “boring.” “Foul and unwatchable,” maybe, but not boring. Castration, shitting, and old man cock just do not a dull film make.

Lollilove – Review

April 6, 2007

Like… The Office. Interesting, that one of the stars/writers of this film is Jenna Fischer, the receptionist. Brave, embarrassing, and smart-ass as all hell.

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.

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.

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.

An Obsession – Review

June 6, 2006

A cop loses his gun to a mentally-unbalanced criminal, and his search for it becomes a search for meaning in his life. Yes, it’s one of THOSE movies.

Cute Overload – Review

June 1, 2006

A site in the “Hot or Not” mold, Cute Overload sets you up with two pictures, usually of someone’s dog, kitten, rabbit, or whatever pet didn’t run away.

Wild Life – Review

April 28, 2006

Shinji Aoyama’s Wild Life revolves around Hiroki (Kosuke Toyohara) a retired boxer who seems kind of, uh, slow. Turns out he’s just not particularly excitable.

The Truman Show – Review

April 28, 2006

When The Truman Show came out in 1998, Jim Carrey was still just a clown. This was his entry into serious acting, a’la Tom Hanks, and it worked.

Superdickery – Review

April 28, 2006

What is a simple, innocent comment one era becomes unintentional porn the next. An entire page of panels with Joker talking about pulling Batman’s boner.

Sugar Bush Squirrel – Review

April 28, 2006

Sugar Bush Squirrel is, like many unfortunate domesticated animals, regularly dressed up in “cute” costumes and photographed.

Sodaplay – Review

April 28, 2006

Impossible to describe without bringing SOME kind of altered state into play. Basically, it’s a Java program that allows you to mess with geometric concepts.

Skinema – Review

April 28, 2006

“As a dermatologist and a film buff, I’ve found a series of skin conditions featured in movies. You may look at movies in a new way.” Yeah, maybe.

Shaye Saint John – Review

April 28, 2006

She was a hot woman who was horribly disfigured in a car accident. She appears in public wearing this creepy as fuck mask, and clunky prosthetic legs and hands.

Heidi’s Dreamhouse – Review

April 28, 2006

Heidilynn is a completely out AB (adult baby). He lives, eats, sleeps, and craps as an AB. For all the faux-rebellious bullshit, Heidilynn is the real deal.

Eat Hufu – Review

April 28, 2006

“Hufu is designed to resemble, as humanly possible, the taste and texture of human flesh. Contrary to popular belief, people do not taste like pork or chicken.”

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