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October 7, 2021

A Comparison of The Turin Horse and The Naked Island

Kaneto Shindo released The Naked Island in 1960. A half century later later Bela Tarr released The Turin Horse. Both films have minimal dialogue. Both feature two people […]
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October 7, 2021

Godzilla vs. Hedora: Not Your Typical Kaiju Fare

Considering the iconic status Godzilla already had in the 1960s it would have been intimidating for any director to be tasked with making the next […]
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October 6, 2021

Tomu Uchida’s Beautiful Film Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow

Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow is based on a Japanese folktale. It is not a hero’s journey but Joseph Campbell would recognize the narrative elements involving […]
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October 4, 2021

The Golden Bat Phenomenon

​I wish I had seen The Golden Bat when I was ten years old. It would have become my new religion. The film is just chock full […]
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October 3, 2021

Two Film Adaptions of Botan Dōrō, Japan’s Favorite Ghost Story

The Botan Dōrō story originally came to Japan in a Chinese collection of ghost stories by Qu You. It is a classic tale of doomed lovers who […]
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October 2, 2021

Latitude Zero: Come For The Costumes Stay For The Pansexual S&M Subtext

​Latitude Zero has a plot and it has action but all that pales in comparison to the costumes, sets, and fetishy undertone of the film. Men […]
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September 30, 2021

Crazy Love: Queer Dada

You have to be in the right frame of mind to face down the movie Crazy Love. Its overall attitude is best summed up as “Fuck […]
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September 27, 2021

The Way Lone Wolf Sheathes His Sword

When Lone Wolf is finished dealing out death he positions his sword at the mouth of his scabbard through a beautiful series of swipes that […]
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