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Tag: Blu-ray

Film review — Dead or Alive

Despite its many and varied excesses, this remains one of Takashi Miike’s more accessible Yakuza-themed crime thrillers. No, I’m deadly serious. Just think of the ending as a metaphor. More…


Film review — Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

I recently picked up the complete Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-ray for a song (€50 for 12 discs!) and this was part of the package; weirdly enough, I’d never seen it before despite being all in on the show back in the day. But I also had a real sense of déjà vu, probably because I’ve seen a review or something that I’ve forgotten. It’s good like everyone says, but there’s absolutely a sense of people being overly impressed that a “kids’ cartoon” can flex such maturity, and it still feels more like a three- or four-episode arc than a film in its own right. More…


Film review — Shinjuku Triad Society

An early criminal underworld joint from Takashi Miike betraying an obsession with sodomy that goes beyond the usual homosexuality-as-deviance trope so common in the hard-boiled cop thriller. More…