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Asian Cinema Thu Mar 22 2018 19:48:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- In an inexplicable bit of business, the very same culture that allowed a lot of young people to pick up instruments and form punk bands in this city also allowed a whole lot of space within that same scene for musical exploration. In other cities, th
Popular genre actress Beverly Garland goes behind some bushes to change into her bathing suit......and changes into a different person!I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for w
Japan Society NYpresents Ugetsu 1953 KadokawaUgetsu / Ugetsu MonogatariDirected by Kenji MizoguchiWith Machiko Kyo, Mitsuko Mito, Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori Japan, 1953, 94 minutesDCP, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitlesWhen: Friday, Ap
Image courtesy of Japan Society. Retrospective Series at Japan Society and MoMA Features Masterpieces and Rarities in 35mm & a World Premiere Restoration of Yasujiro Ozu's FLOATING WEEDS Source: Japan Society press release Special Thanks to
These past few days have seen me mainlining vitamins in an attempt to avoid becoming sick and postponing yet another episode of Pop Offensive because I have the immune system of a baby. So far things are looking good, meaning that I am as ashen and r
It's fitting that the video for the new single from Hinds, "The Club", echoes that "Ticket To Ride" sequence in Help! as, frankly, this new tune from the Spanish four-some is every bit as fun as those early numbers from that four-piece from Liverpool
Edward Sutherland - 1926 Kino Classics BD Region A The most breathtaking gag takes place at the beginning of It's the Old Army Game and does not involve W. C. Fields. A woman is furiously driving on a road, trying to outrun a train. The camera follow
An Ingenious Comedy - Owen Gleiberman, Variety Downsizing Is Wildly Imaginative - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post    MATT DAMON GETS SMALL TO LIVE LARGE IN ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING* DIRECTOR ALEXANDER PAYNES HILARIOUS AND ORIGIN
Photos courtesy of Bluefin. 2018 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Visit Bluefin during WonderCon 2018 at Booth #1037 Source: Bluefin Corp., MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of
By now, I've seen a fair amount of Spanish cult director Jess Franco's films, and, despite his popularity among countless ardent fans, I've always found his works to be a great big grab bag of good and bad all swirling around together like socks in a
The new record by Guided By Voices, Space Gun, out on Friday via Rockathon, is exactly the sort of record one would expect this band to make after the superb one-two punch of August By Cake and How Do You Spell Heaven in 2017. Space Gun is the sound
Well Go USAEntertainmentpresentsIchi the Killer / Koroshiya 1Directed by Takashi MiikeJapan,  2001, 130 minutesTakashi Miikes classic yakuza gore-fest Ichi the Killer becomes available today in a gorgeous all-new 4K digital transfer special
Dale Midkiff in Pet Semetary (Mary Lambert - 1989)
Source: Sideshow Collectibles press release Photo courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles. Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi Shinjiro Hayata, the hero of the SF comic Ultraman (, Urutoraman), is recreated as a highly detai
Mad scientist Robert Shayne invents a reverse-evolution formula...which he first tries out on his kitty cat. And then... Tell me I didn't just see a giant plush toy with fangs.It is!  It's a giant plush toy with fangs!I neither own nor claim
The new album from Bonny Doon, Longwave, dropping on Woodsist Records on Friday, is the sort of release that sneaks up and surprises you. Largely down-tempo indie, the tunes here are uniformly good, and likely to appeal to fans of acts as disparate a
CJ Entertainment presents The Battleship Island / Gun-ham-doDirected by Ryoo Seung-wanSouth Korea, 2017, 132 minutesThe Battleship Island, a historical war film from director Ryoo Seung-wan (Veteran, The Berlin File) is currently out on DVD. The film
Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Semetary John Campopiano and Justin White - 2015 Path of Blood Eric Power - 2016 both Synapse Films BD Regions ABC This week has also seen the blu-ray release of a couple of films, both labors of love. Although
Sota Fukushi stars in the live action manga adaptation, LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. 2018 Laughing Under the Clouds Film Partners Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: donten-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Dist
I'm not a particular fan of the typical heist film, but some of them really do it for me--really good ones such as the original OCEAN'S ELEVEN, the remake of THE ITALIAN JOB (yes, the remake), and now the exciting, suspenseful, and funny ART OF THE H
The new record from Jack Hayter, Abbey Wood, out on Friday via Gare Du Nord Records, is the sort of mournful, quietly beautiful record that demands attention. Hayter, a member of Hefner, here makes folk-y music that channels the legacies of artists f
Gunpowder & SkypresentsRamen HeadsDirected by Koki Shigeno Japan, 2017, 93 minutes In Ramen Heads, Japan's reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita takes audiences deep into his world by revealing every single step of his obsessive approach to cr
Dario Argento - 1977 Synapse Films BD Region A two-disc set As Michael Mackenzie points out in his featurette on the supplemental disc, you can only experience seeing Suspiria for the first time once. For myself, my initial viewing was during the Sum
Ok, ladies, a question for you: Who among you would not feel that a lifetime of male domination and constant humiliation would be a fair trade for being the kept woman of a wealthy, narcissistic pervert? Hmm, lets see all of you? Alright, th
Trailer for PACIFIC RIM UPRISING, courtesy of Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures. 2018 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Source: Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: pacificrimmovie.com #JoinTheUprising #PacificRimUprising S
James Bond, Goldfinger, and pilot Pussy Galore are supposed to be the only ones on the plane.So who's that guy standing behind Goldfinger in the doorway?There are further glimpses of him during the scene, but his presence is never acknowledged.He is,
The new album from Montreal's Look Vibrant, The Up Here Place, is an indulgent bit of business, but it's also a reasonably interested record. Out on Friday, the album dabbles in a few genres with ease, and hops all over the place in terms of sonic st
Well Go USA Entertainment presents  A Taxi Driver / Taeksi WoonjunsaDirected by Jang Hoon Starring Song Kang-Ho & Thomas Kretschmann South Korea, 2017, 137 minutes Based on a true story, A TAXI DRIVER, which represented South Korea a
Louis Garrel and Laura Smet in Frontier of the Dawn (Philippe Garrel - 2008)
Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications Special Thanks to Leif Helland and Rachel Villegas Image courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment. 2001 Hideo Yamamoto/Shogakukan/"Ichi the Killer" Production Committee Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi
It looks like it's going to be yet another variation on the classic revenge thriller, but 5TH STREET (Indican Pictures, 2013) veers its way through enough unexpected twists and turns to keep us both guessing and thinking.Writer Eric Arthur Martinez s
On Friday, Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets), will offer up his new book, Bauhaus Undead: The Visual History and Legacy of Bauhaus via Cleopatra Records. While the physical version was not sent out to reviewers in advance, I ca
Well Go USAEntertainmentpresentsKickboxer: RetaliationDirected by Dimitri LogothetisStarring Alain Moussi, with Christopher Lambert,Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme USA, 2018, 111 minutesAlain Moussi (Kill Order) returns to the role of Kurt Sloan
St. John L. Clowes - 1948 KL Studio Classics BD Region A There was a sense of familiarity when I read the excerpts from the reviews. "The most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism ever to be shown on a cinema screen." Another
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Jessica Breon and Jake Hockenberry Image courtesy of Right Stuf. Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Nozomi Entertainment announced new upcoming releases during their panel at
I watched "Bad Boys" a bunch of times on cable in the 80s.  But I never noticed this until it was pointed out to me.It's during the big fight between Sean Penn and Esai Morales.VERY Visible Cameraman!I neither own nor claim any rights to thi
There was a point in time, say, some 25 or more years ago, when I'd have been hard-pressed to even describe what genre of music Yo La Tengo operated in. With the release of Painful in 1993, the band got a bit more attention and seemingly crossed over
Japan Society NYpresents 1961 Toho Co., Ltd.YojimboDirected by Akira KurosawaWith Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada. Japan, 1961, 110 minutes B&W, in Japanese with English subtitlesWhen: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00
Birdshot As Variety might put it, the Colorado Dragon Film Festival was in its third frame. The film festival is done loosely in conjunction with the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival which has been around since 2001. That activity takes place in the Sum
Steven S. DeKnight - Director. Video courtesy of Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures. 2018 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Source: Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures Official Site: pacificrimmovie.com #JoinTheUprising #PacificRimUprisin
IMDb calls it "the original rapid fire sketch comedy show." Which is exactly what drew me to the first season when I was a kid--one relentlessly silly joke after another, coming at us pretty much non-stop until the very last second of the show.&n
The new album from Hot Snakes, Jericho Sirens, out on Friday via Sub Pop, is such an incendiary slab of rawk one can only wonder why other bands don't have even a fraction of this level of energy. A ferocious blend of post-hardcore and garage rock, t
Well Go USA presents The Thousand Faces of Dunjia / Qi men dun jia Directed by Yuen Wo PingWritten and /Produced by Tsui HarkChina/Hong Kong, 2017, 113 minutes Legendary director Yuen Wo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny) and wri
Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (Malcolm D. Lee - 2017)