Sunday, October 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Slumberland Records has a 25th anniversary sampler that is available for free on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00NNK32CM?tag=adapas02-20 Here is a music video of the Crystal Stilts track.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
One of my favorite films, not just Hong Kong movies, is not readily available on dvd. But some kind person put up the whole movie on youtube with English subtitles. Tsui Hark's The Blade is definitely worth 100 minutes of your time.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Watched Open Grave today. The basic plot review made it seem to be a zombie film with people trapped in a house with no memory of who they are, or why they are there. The cast is good with with Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretchmann and Josie Ho. Ho was the star of Dream Home, my favorite film of 2010 so I was excited to see her in a non Asian film. Unfortunately she plays a mute in the film so her role is limited. Worth checking out on a lazy afternoon.
Here is the intro scene to the Korean film Nowhere To Hide. I saw it at the Music Box twice, when it played Chicago in 1999. It is definitely worth checking out, Although the US disc cut over 10 minutes, The movie makes great use of the Bee Gees song Holiday.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The ending of Angel Enforcers from 1989. A slightly lower budget attempt at John Woo style action. This time female cops verses Kenneth Tsang (Chow Yun Fat's manager in The Killer). I was never able to get this film at the store but now it is streaming on amazon prime under the title Angel Terminators.
30 minute BBC documentary from 1975 on the Shaw Brothers movie studio. Lots of great behind the scenes footage. Shows the foley sound effect work.Highly recommended.
Sogo Ishii's Shuffle is a proto cyberpunk mash up of Run Lola Run and Taxi Driver, in mostly black and white with a noisy jazz/funk soundtrack. It is the first adaptation of the work of Otomo Katsuhiro, the creator of Akira. 30 minutes long and subtitles, if you use the "cc" button on youtube. Ishii also directed the film Electric Dragon 80,000 V
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The effects don't look that great but the actors don't seem that wooden. I would watch it streaming, but for now here's the trailer.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A very good explanation of what FIFA is, and why it must change, by John Oliver on his HBO show Last Week Tonight.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
One of my favorite authors of the last 20 years is Joe Lansdale. He has written novels and short stories in practically every genre, but in the 90's he was most famous for his horror and crime novels. He is a prolific short story writer. One of his short stories was adapted in to the movie Bubba Ho-Tep. Now one of his early novels, Cold In July has been adapted in to a feature film, by Jim Mickle. It has a great cast, Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, and Sam Shepard. I hope that the film gets a theatrical release but it will be available on VOD on May 23rd.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
One of my favorite Hong Kong films from the 1990's is The Bride With White Hair. The director, Ronny Yu, took inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula and tried to keep all of the special effects in camera. The new version of the story is called The White Haired Witch From Lunar Kingdom and it stars Fan Bing Bing. Comes out in April. One of my favorite Hong Kong directors, Tsui Hark is credited with artistic director.
Monday, February 24, 2014
It has been a year since my last post but I hope to be more frequent. The sequel to one of the best martial arts films of the 2000's gets a US release next month. The Protector 2 looks like it will be better than Ong Bak 2 or Ong Bak 3. It costars the RZA as the film's villain, and that should mean a good soundtrack.