Film Review: Pigs and Battleships (1961) by Shohei Imamura

One of the many consequences of the American occupation in Japan after WWII was the resurgence of Yakuza, particularly in areas where Us naval bases were situated, with its members profiting ...

Crypt of Curiosities: Kaneto Shindo’s Onibaba (1964) and Kuroneko (1968)

A few months ago, the Crypt of Curiosities briefly touched on a subgenre of Japanese cinema called Kaidan. For the unaware, modern Kaidan are ghost stories, usually set in the Edo period and drawing ...

Oss 117 Five Film Collection

He’s fast on his feet, quick with a gun, and faster with the to-die-for beauties that only existed in the swinging ’60s. The superspy exploits of Oss 117 were too big for just one actor, so meet all ...

120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 7: Meltdowns

If the transformation is a character’s external change then the meltdown is the internal equivalent. Sometimes the most terrifying part of a horror film isn’t when the monster pops out, but when a ...

The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people ...

Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at ...

The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 30-21

What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people ...

Blu-ray Review: 'Onibaba' (Masters of Cinema)

★★★★☆ A fitting tribute to the late director Kaneto Shindō, who sadly passed away in May of last year at the age of 100, this week's Masters of Cinema series' Blu-ray rerelease of 1964 Japanese drama ...

Pigs and Battleships Blu-ray Review

Originally released in 1961, Shohei Imamura’s Pigs and Battleships is a beautiful film and one that wonderfully captures a unique period in Japanese history. Following the nation’s defeat in World War ...

Commission Us: Sex and grass in Onibaba

You asked us to review the Japanese film-maker's Devil Woman, a sensual nightmare based on a Buddhist parable. Here goes ... It's a pleasure to take this commission from tomkun: "Could u review ...