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Tag: Blu-ray

Film review — Young Frankenstein

I don’t know what the hell I was talking about in my prior review; this is pretty much a masterpiece. Sure, Mel Brooks has Marty Feldman over-egg some of the gags, but the attention to detail in recreating the look and mood of classic Universal horror is astounding. And few comedy bits ever can top the theatre sequence. “Hit it!” More…

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Film review — Big Time Gambling Boss

I think what really swayed me to pick up the Radiance Blu-ray of this was the inclusion of a video essay by Chris D — yes the same Chris D from the Flesh Eaters and various SST band escapades. But I’m very glad I did as it’s one of those rare flicks that walks a fine line between simplicity and density. I’m not sure if there are any morals to yakuza stories, but if there’s a lesson, it’s probably this: if you’re a pragmatist by nature, it’s probably not a good idea to make an oath of brotherhood with a stubborn fool. More…

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Film review — Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

Batman does nothing in this. It’s about 80% Barbara Gordon being a badass, 18% Robin stepping up and 2% at best of ol’ Brucie boy showing out for the grand finale. Meanwhile, the story isn’t sure whether it wants its Mr Freeze to be a tragic anti-hero or a comically ruthless villain, which might be a duality worth exploring if the scope were broader and the stakes were higher. More…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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