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RASHOMON

(1950) In Japanese, with English subtitles. In the opening shot, the temple Rashomon looms starkly outlined against the sky during a torrential downpour. Built once as an expression of faith, the fact that it now lies in ruins serves as… Continue Reading →

KWAIDAN

(1964) In Japanese, with English subtitles. No, Kwaidan isn’t the latest giant monster to rise from the sea and demolish Tokyo (although that would’ve made a cool film, too). Instead, “Kwaidan” translates as “Ghost Story.” Four of them, to be… Continue Reading →

THE SEVENTH SEAL

The Seventh Seal comes across as director Ingmar Bergman’s meditation on the meaning of life and death, and the question of whether there really is an afterlife. Unless I missed something, he never gives a firm opinion one way or… Continue Reading →

THE TAILOR OF PANAMA

By the time you read this, I will be dead. Well, not quite, but by the time you read this, The Tailor of Panama may already have come and gone from the theaters. Which is a shame, because director John… Continue Reading →

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE

It’s 1922, and legendary German director F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich) is busy lensing his silent film Nosferatu, destined to become a classic of its genre. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (while pretending, due to copyright laws, not to… Continue Reading →

BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF

A stylish and atmospheric thriller. When I saw the trailer for this film, I figured it for another lame-ass werewolf movie. Being a fan of lame-ass werewolf movies, I naturally decided to see it. To my pleasant surprise, the story… Continue Reading →

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

This movie combines an interesting mixture of documentary and melodrama revolving around life under the big tent, with an occasional musical number(!) thrown in. Charlton Heston plays the head honcho of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the… Continue Reading →

INCREDIBLE!… STUPENDOUS!… A TRIUMPH!

One of the reasons I decided to do a website featuring movie reviews was because accurate appraisals of movies are hard to come by. This despite the teeming millions of movie reviews on the web and in newspapers and magazines…. Continue Reading →

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES

Summary: Unfocused and ultimately frustrating, but it does have its moments. What luck! No sooner do we get a movie based on a cryptozoological legend, then we turn around a week later and here’s another one. If I was to… Continue Reading →

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