The Green Slime

Look out! Gamma Gamma Hey! It’s the attack of screaming, arm-waving green goober monsters from a rogue planetoid, here to bring joy to the hearts of bad-movie fans everywhere. Just make sure your ...

‘Mifune: The Last Samurai’ Review: A Painfully Safe Documentary About One Of Cinema’s Most Explosive Stars

‘Mifune: The Last Samurai’ Review: A Painfully Safe Documentary About One Of Cinema’s Most Explosive Stars Over the course of his legendary acting career, Toshiro Mifune was a samurai, a stray dog, and a shoe tycoon. He was a muse for one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th Century, a beacon for ...

Scott Reviews Arrow Video’s Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Vol. 2 [Blu-ray Review]

In my review of the first “Diamond Guys” collection Arrow put out, I noted how, for all the ways those films tried to shake up the Nikkatsu formula, it was still a fairly representative look at what ...

Haryashu Noguchi’s Murder Unincorporated

Haryashu Noguchi's Murder UnincorporatedSTORY66%DIRECTION72%ACTING67%VISUALS74%POSITIVESSlapstick humorPreposterous CharactersGreat restoration NEGATIVESSpecifically addressing fans of slapstick ...

Buichi Saito’s Danger Pays

Buichi Saito's Danger PaysSTORY68%ACTING75%DIRECTING72%VISUALS74%POSITIVESHilarious parodyGreat comedic actingImpressive finaleNEGATIVESA bit nonsensical script2016-07-2372%Overall ScoreReader Rating: ...

Buichi Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy

Buichi Saito's Tokyo Mighty GuySTORY65%ACTING72%DIRECTING70%VISUALS75%POSITIVESVery quick pace that makes the film easy to watchMany hilarious scenes and linesGreat restorationNEGATIVESThe script's ...

"Arrow Video" (Us) June 2016 Releases

Take a look @ the June 2016 home video releases from cult movie specialists Arrow Video Us, via Mvd Entertainment Group, including "Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 on Blu-ray + DVD, June 14, "Suture" on ...

Battles Without Honor and Humanity – The Complete Collection

Bloody havoc reigns! Kinji Fukasaku's no-holds-barred vision of ugly violence and uglier politics on the streets of Hiroshima is a five-film Yakuza epic that spans generations. The film amounts to an ...

Rashomon

(Region B)   Akira Kurosawa's unquestioned top rank classic remains a fascinating study of truth and justice. A forest encounter left a man murdered and his wife raped. Or did something entirely ...

Blu-ray Review: New HD Edition of Epic ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’

Chicago – When I was younger, I considered the blockbuster flop “Tora! Tora! Tora!” pretty boring. Critics over the years and friends have remembered the film more fondly than when it was released and ...

Tora! Tora! Tora! – Blu-ray review

Blu-ray Review Tora! Tora! Tora! Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda Cast: Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Takahiro Tamura Running Time: 2 hr 25 min ...

DVD Playhouse December 2011

DVD Playhouse—December 2011 By Allen Gardner The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available ...

Seven Samurai Criterion Blu-ray Review

For years now Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai has been ranked as one of the best movies ever made, and is usually considered one of the finest achievement in cinema. In the most recent Sight and Sound ...

Actors We Miss: Takashi Shimura

Actors We Miss: Takashi Shimura Note: for the purposes of this article, all Japanese names are presented in the Western fashion, with the given name followed by the family name. There's a Kurt Vonnegut story called "Who Am I This ...

DVD Review: Tora-san Collector's Set Volume 1

2009 has been a great year for the release of vintage Japanese films on North American DVD. One of the more unique and unexpected Japanese releases of the year is AnimEigo's four disc collector's set ...