Monday, December 11, 2006

Crest Acquired

Today I got into my parents' old car (which only I drive) and noticed a scrap of paper on the floor of the driver's seat. I assume it fell out of a folder after doing cut-ups or collages at IG's. I lifted the tiny bit of text out of the dry leaves and shiny dirt (from my sneakers) and held it to the light of the cd player. It read, "deep and newly surfaced minerals allowed to live."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Bad Situation

Last night I dreamt of a shadow version of my apartment. My room in the dream was only faintly illuminated, and I slept on a ratty mattress on the floor. There were two shelves in my room of bizarre dolls and toys, whose eyes followed me as I walked across the room. The hallways was long and dark, with dozens of very old computers the only light source, while mysterious kids played ancient floppy-disk dungeon crawlers and Wolfenstein 3D-type FPS games.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

8-bit Noir

too bad the game itself sucks.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Astro Video is going out of business. I urge anyone in the Western Mass area to visit before they close their doors for good (in December most likely). The store is located just into Holyoke by way of Northampton. The prices on are reduced: all VHS tapes are two dollars, all DVDs are discounted according to original price. I'm going to write a proper obituary for the next issue of Samurai Dreams, this is just a notification. I've already been two times since the sale began. I bought the critereon of ...And God Created Women for very cheap, as well as a lot of VHS tapes that were originally priced as high as forty dollars, files like Neon Maniacs, The Point, Steppenwolf, Deadly Impulse and Infra-Man. If you want to check out some slashers, spaghetti westerns, weird 70's thrillers, kung fu flicks, italian post-apoalypse films, Euro-fantasy, old school porn or weird animation, now's yer chance. Also, the rental half of the store, which I had never really looked at, has a lot of great DVDs and tapes, all marked way down. The owner did not want to close to store, but he can't pay the lease any longer. The business will go on, but only as an eBay seller. There's a real melancholy among employees and customers; it's almost like a funeral. There aren't many places like Astro left. The customers I've talked to and overheard all express the same disappointment about the store's demise. I've seen more than a dozen video stores go under in my short life time, and it's always a shame. Astro Video isn't run by cineasts, but the sheer diversity of selection is amazing. I've never seen a place like it. Half the inventory has already been sold, but there are still many gems in VHS and DVD(even if Kevin did clear out most of the Critereons). Go and empty your wallet. Twenty or thirty bux and you'll have months worth of movies to watch.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Vietnam, Ratspit, Silver Guys, Nintendo

Andy's buddy Gunther wrote a nice review of Samurai Dreams for his zine. I should have a link to its website soon. Here's the review:

"To highbrow intellectual film snobs, this movie is the antichrist, but to seekers of lost celluloid garbage, this movie is the lost Holy Grail floating flamboyantly in an ocean of raw sewage." The quotation accurately sums up Samurai Dreams' general purpose of spotlighting fringe films on the tossed-off VHS format. Five college buds from Massachusetts wax cinematic about their finds from thrift stores, trash cans, and public libraries. Forrest Gump decoding Da Vinci? Off the shrimp boat with that shit. These best actors include real-life enlistees getting ready for Vietnam, a demon named Ratspit, and silver guys who hide in Nintendo cartridges. Selected stills accompany the well-written blurbs. Most bizarre is the shot of Nukie -- an E.T.-like creature with a mucous moustache resembling elephant tusks. Reviews are brush-stroked with stars, but don't miss out on comments like "Killing Machine is a really shitty movie. Seriously. Willie Aames is in it." However, if Buddy and Charles are in charge of you, don't hesitate on giving any of these films a private screening. Despite the "No Stars" rating (or maybe because of it), I'd step on GAS-S-S-S for the sole reason of FF-ing to "an onstage cameo by Country Joe and the Fish where the singer is interrupted by God and told that he left his car lights on."
-Gunther 8544

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Living on Tokyo Time

Living on Tokyo Time
(1987) Directed by Steven Okazaki

The box for Living on Tokyo Time (another great NA Library find) tries to sell this film as typical fish-out-of-water-and-into-zany-adventures 80's flick, which, while I wouldnt have minded that, I was pleasantly suprised to find Living on Tokyo Time to be a rich and charming film; truly this is a lost gem. The film is constructed around an arranged marriage between Kyoko (Minako Ohashi), a Japanese immigrant working in a Japanese restaurant and struggling with English (supposedly; Kyoko's vocabulary and pronunciation throughout seem fine to me), and Ken Nakagawa, who actually plays himself, at least in name. "Like Takagura Ken, the actor," Kyoko says to her mother in a letter to Tokyo, a cross-cultural method of identification used frequently; here it's Japanese film, but throughout it's often American music and food from both countries. Ken is a third generation American-born Japanese rocker who wears a different punk shirt every day (The Cramps, Black Flag) and has Johnny Thunders and Velvet Underground posters on his wall. The film begins with lenghty filmic passages devoted to each character, before they actually meet. Kyoto, who speaks through her letters to her mother (which are written in Japanese but spoken in English, which, despite the obvious practical translation for the benefit of the American audience, works as a kind of process of translation, shortening some of the distance between Kyoko and the Western hemisphere) is homesick, working in a Japanese retaurant, but is determined to have an authentic American experience, and earn citizenship. Her drag American co-worker (who insists on wearing a Kimono in the restaurant) has the bright idea of marrying her to one of the restaurant's regular customers (this actress' performance is actually one of the low-points of the film). Enter the consistently bored Ken, who eats donuts, obsesses over music, has unfulfilling relationships with American women, and doesn't do much else. Being passive and complicit in most areas of his life, Ken agrees to wed with little enthusiasm. The plan is that once her green card comes through they split up, meanwhile living in the same house, but sleeping in seperate beds, living as roommates and not lovers.

Ken plays in a band and hangs out with white and asian punk rockers and hippies, which must be a pretty diverse crowd, as the guitarist in the band is wearing a Ramones shirt in one scene, the drummer a Metallica shirt, and the bassist is dressed like a member of Genesis. A woman who owns their practice space is decked out in a Fabians shirt; in fact, everyone in Living on Tokyo Time is either wearing a band shirt or talking about music and dropping group names (Kyoko herself even wears a Cream shirt in one scene). I appreciate that the rock music obsessions of the characters is confined to the film itself. The actual score is composed by five Japanese musicians, along with several obscure bands, who all sound like a peppier Durutti Column. An essential bonding mechanism between the film's newlyweds is Kyoko's introduction to rock music, as Ken teaches Kyoko that Lou Reed wrote more songs than just "Walk on the Wild Side," and listens as she reads him Talking Heads and Red Hot Chili Peppers reviews out of music magazines.

A film like Living on Tokyo Time will probably never be released on DVD, which is a shame. Yet, Living on Tokyo Time is another in the long list of raw, forgotten 80's dramas, which somehow morph into carbon-dated artifacts as they rot on VHS shelves-- unfortunately panned and scanned-- but accumulating a kind of endearing tangible age. The tape is as old as the celluloid itself, essentially. While I find myself lately disinterested in melodramas and narrative storytelling in contemporary film, I can usually find something I like in older, dated films that, above all, tell a story. It may just be the aesthetics of older film that's drawing me in, but I don't think that's it. In the case of Living on Tokyo Time, I think that the director, Okazaki, actually cared about the story he was telling, and it shows. Steven Okazaki is a mystery to me; he's directed several films even more obscure than this one, and operated a camera for Terry Zwigoff in Crumb. His last few credits are TV documentaries.

While this film is an American production, with a primarily Japanese cast and crew, it reminds one of experimental HK cinema of the time, especially early Wong Kar-Wai. Like Wong, Okazaki's script is disjointed, languid, meditative and idiosyncratic. The acting is often amateurish yes, but the naturalistic presence of non-professional actors (both Ken and Minako Ohashi had never acted in a film before, and appently haven't acted since either) somehow works to Okazaki's advantage, as the characters seem as awakward and unsure as real people; especially Ken, who doesn't appear to act at all. Shots are bizaarely juxtaposed, the story take big leaps throughout, leaving gaps which become the audience's responsibility to fill in. The wedding for instance, is completely left out of the film. Okazaki also makes some odd choices as far as where his camera goes; sometimes the camera moves in opposition to the direction of narrative action. For example, when Mimi, Ken's sister, invites Ken to eat dinner at their father's house, there is a scene where Ken and Mimi exit the house for a serious conversation. Instead of immediately cutting to an exterior or following them out the door, the camera stays in the dining room, as Ken and Mimi's father and Mimi's white husband (Carl) sit awkwardly together, before cutting to Ken and Mimi.

The camera spends time studying the posters on Ken's wall, the expressions of his bandmates during practice, food, and random objects: toys, flowers, a lamp, cigarettes. The experience of 's alienation, which Kyoko cannot express in perfect English, is tangible given these scenes; the close up attention to detail of Okazaki's lens is comparable to an emigre 's experience in a big new country, full of strange objects and new people. The details are not only important, but trans-lingual. The dialog in the film is often an exercise in restraint, as Kyoko does not perfectly speak the English language, and Ken barely speaks at all. In a letter to her mother, Kyoto writes (ironically, in Japanese but English in the voice-over), "I cannot speak my feeling in English; He cannot speak his feelings in Japanese." Music and food become substitutes for frank conversation. Ken and Kyoko do profess their real feelings however, as something like affection begins to develop; with Ken's coffe-shop visits and Kyoko's letters to her mother in Tokyo. Initially, Ken thinks he may have strong emotions for Kyoko, but can not act on them, practically, and is not prepared for a relationship that he can not walk away from at any moment (which of course is why he accepted the marriage in the first place). Kyoko reads Ken's confusion, and it worries her, as falling in love is the last thing she wants, especially with an Americanized Japanese punk rocker in a ripped Misfits shirt.

The disconnect between Ken and Kyoko-- an Americanized Japanese man and a Japanese woman in America-- is only the explicit text of the film; the implicit subtext is the simple idea that people can't, or won't, always say what they mean. In Living on Tokyo Time, characters use music, food, pop culture, sex, and magazine articles to fill their conversations; no one says what they feel directly. The film does not seem to lament this fact however, it merely presents it, and seems to have faith in the ultimate good of its characters, even if they are all flawed. Miranda July's recent film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, actually reminds me quite a bit of this film, despite the fact that the mediating agents here are personal, wheras in July's film they are impersonal, electronic. The basic idea of both films is the same.

The catalyzing agent that convinces Ken is one simple scene which is so slight it may not leave it's impression without a careful viewing. In his friend Lane's diner, Ken listens to Lane as he pines for a woman he always "had a crush on," but whom he never asked out. Ken shows Lane a photo of Kyoto, to which he says "Wow.. she is really Japanese. She looks fine though. Don't screw it up." Lane leaves the shot, and Ken takes a bite of his hot dog, and slowly chews as the camera stays with him. His expression doesn't change, but the silence and stillness of the shot explain not only Ken's ambivalence towards Kyoto, but the ambivalence of his entire life.

The following scene is especially shocking, as Kyoko writes a letter to her mother, elaborating a lie that Ken has died in a tragic accident, and that she needs to return home to Tokyo. She hides the letter from Ken, who is sitting on the bed, eating a traditional Japanese meal she's prepared for him. This is not necessary however; she writes the letter in Japanese. This scene may be the most telling of the entire film. In the next shot she packs up and leaves the apartment, trading in Ken's t-shirts for a traditional Japanese dress, leaving behind a new letter (in English), as she leaves. As Ken finds the letter, Kyoko reads the text into the camera. It's a short, polite letter explaining nothing in any detail. When he finishes reading (and Kyoko finishes speaking), Ken absentmindedly strums at the guitar in his hands for a few seconds, and smashes the instrument. The music in the scene is a few sustained notes, subtly adding to the tension of the scene and allowing Ken's uncharacteristic release. The film ends with Kyoko reading her final letter, this time to Ken from Tokyo. The tone is distant but warm, as she invites Ken to one day visit her. While the film can't claim a happy ending in the traditional sense, it has at least allowed its characters self-realization, and has allowed Ken especially to reevaluate his life. The film ends with a text-on-black quote from the patron saint of outsider rock geeks, Captain Beefheart: "You can't escape gravity."

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Master Viewing List

From 8/18/08 to present (most recent first)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre **** (11/23/09)
White Dog *** (11/22/09)
Cybernator ** (11/21/09)
1990: Bronx Warriors **** (11/21/09)
Evil Dead Trap *** (11/21/09)
Raw Force *** (11/21/09)
Panther Squad 1/2* (11/21/09)
Dead Weekend *1/2 (11/20/09)
Turistas **1/2 (11/19/09)
Motel Hell *** (11/19/09)
Darkroom *1/2 (11/17/09)
Dead Silence ** (11/16/09)
Fear(s) of the Dark *** (11/15/09)
The Vanishing **** (11/14/09)
The Hit ***1/2 (11/14/09)
The Last American Virgin *** (11/11/09)
She Creature ** (11/10/09)
Alien from L.A. *1/2 (11/09/09)
The Children **** (11/09/09)
Deadgirl ***1/2 (11/09/09)
Sleepaway Camp III Teenage Wasteland **1/2 (11/07/09)
2019: After the Fall of New York *** (11/07/09)
Predator *** (11/05/09)
Grace *** (11/04/09)
Anguish *** (11/03/09)
Venom **1/2 (11/02/09)
Hell of the Living Dead *** (11/02/09)
Sleepaway Camp II Unhappy Campers *** (11/01/09)
Halloween III Season of the Witch ***1/2 (10/31/09)
Trick 'r Treat ***1/2 (10/31/09)
Friday the 13th the Final Chapter *** (10/30/09)
Return of the Living Dead **** (10/30/09)
Halloween II **1/2 (10/29/09)
Effects *** (10/28/09)
French Sex Murders **1/2 (10/28/09)
Dead & Breakfast ** (10/27/09)
Teeth *** (10/27/09)
The Woods (2006) ***1/2 (10/25/09)
Escape from the Bronx *** (10/23/09)
Happy Birthday to Me *** (10/23/09)
1990: Bronx Warriors **** (10/22/09)
Teenage Caveman (2002) *1/2 (10/22/09)
Golden Temple Amazons **1/2 (10/22/09)
Massacre Mafia Style **1/2 (10/21/09)
Le Orme ***1/2 (10/19/09)
Body Double **** (10/19/09)
Bram Stoker's Dracula *** (10/19/09)
Razorback *** (10/18/09)
Witchcraft ** (10/17/09)
Friday the 13th (2009) * (10/15/09)
Baba Yaga ***1/2 (10/12/09)
Angel of Death ** (10/11/09)
Zombieland **1/2 (10/10/09)
Surveillance ** (10/10/09)
Stage Fright *** (10/10/09)
The Evil Dead *** (10/10/09)
Torso **** (10/07/09)
Popcorn **1/2 (10/05/09)
The Boxer's Omen ***1/2 (10/04/09)
The Girlfriend Experience *** (10/04/09)
Daughters of Satan ** (10/03/09)
Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback *** (10/03/09)
Seedpeople ** (10/03/09)
Dead Alive ***1/2 (10/02/09)
Pinocchio's Revenge **1/2 (10/01/09)
Foxes ***1/2 (09/28/09)
Shogun Assassin ***1/2 (09/27/09)
The Other Hell **1/2 (09/27/09)
Beast with a Gun ***1/2 (09/25/09)
My Bloody Valentine 3D *** (09/24/09)
Heavy Metal in Baghdad **1/2 (09/23/09)
Syndicate Sadists **1/2 (09/22/09)
Blindness ** (09/22/09)
Valkyrie *** (09/22/09)
Zombi 5: Killing Birds ** (09/20/09)
Troll 2 *** (09/20/09)
Howling III *** (09/20/09)
Message from Space ** (09/15/09)
Frankenstein Conquers the World *** (09/15/09)
Seconds *** (09/13/09)
The Case of the Bloody Iris **** (09/12/09)
Cemetary Man ***1/2 (09/12/09)
Tango & Cash *** (09/12/09)
Synecdoche, New York ***1/2 (09/11/09)
Road Games *** (09/10/09)
Mutant Chronicles ** (09/09/09)
Aimee & Jaguar *** (09/08/09)
Black Cobra **1/2 (09/06/09)
Wardog *** (09/04/09)
Beverly Hills Cop *** (09/04/09)
The Last House on the Left (2009) **1/2 (09/03/09)
Return to Sleepaway Camp *** (08/31/09)
Little Darlings **1/2 (08/31/09)
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky *** (08/30/09)
Dance or Die * (08/29/09)
Exorcist II: The Heretic ** (08/29/09)
Lakeview Terrace *1/2 (08/28/09)
Tough to Kill **1/2 (08/26/09)
Cold Prey **1/2 (08/25/09)
Penitentiary II *** (08/24/09)
Gumby Dharma *** (08/24/09)
Something to Scream About *1/2 (08/23/09)
China Heat **1/2 (08/23/09)
I, the Jury **1/2 (08/22/09)
Made in America ** (08/22/09)
Kicking & Screaming **1/2 (08/21/09)
Scott Walker: 30th Century Man *** (08/20/09)
District 9 *** (08/19/09)
Ganja & Hess **1/2 (08/19/09)
Zombie Girl **1/2 (08/19/09)
I Love you Man **1/2 (08/18/09)
Zombi 3 **1/2 (08/18/09)
The Last Dragon *** (08/18/09)
Do You Like Hitchcock? *** (08/14/09)
Miami Cops ** (08/13/09)
Hands of Steel *** (08/12/09)
Tales from the Crypt **1/2 (08/11/09)
Zombi 4 **1/2 (08/11/09)
The Fourth Angel * (08/10/09)
Roadie ** (08/08/09)
Hercules ** (08/08/09)
A Perfect Getaway ** (08/07/09)
Zombi 2 ***1/2 (08/07/09)
The Stabilizer **1/2 (08/05/09)
Creator **1/2 (08/04/09)
Thirst (1979) **1/2 (08/03/09)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet *** (08/01/09)
Penitentiary II **1/2
Tango & Cash ***
Surf Ninjas ***
Crows Zero ****
F/X2 **1/2
There Will Be Blood ****
F/X **1/2
Dark Blue ***
Scream Queen Hot Tub Party *1/2
The Wild Bunch ****
The Wrestler ***1/2
Mulberry Street **1/2
The Dark Backward ***
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ***
Cat People (1982) ***1/2
Cobra ***
Magic of the Universe **1/2
Counter Destroyer **
Quarantine **
[REC] ***1/2
Grey Gardens ***
Corpse Bride **
Bruno **1/2
Malena ***
Master's Revenge **
Die Hard 2 **1/2
Time of the Apes *1/2
The Hand ***
Laserblast **
Of Unknown Origin ***
Boxer's Omen ***
Sleepwalking Through the Mekong ***
Inglorious Bastards ***
Penitentiary ***
Casanova ***
Taken *
The Changeling ***
The Strangers **1/2
Exit Speed *1/2
The Girl Next Door (2007) ***
Alligator ***
Southern Comfort ***1/2
Burn After Reading ***1/2
Step Brothers **1/2
The Banker **1/2
Gangs of the Dead *1/2
The Glass House 1/2*
JCVD ****
Zero Tolerance *1/2
Cujo **
Persepolis ***
Time After Time **1/2
Wendy and Lucy ***1/2
Eyes of a Stranger ***1/2
Doubt ***
The Dentist **1/2
We're Going to Eat You! ***
Talk Radio ***
DOA: Dead or Alive ***
Gamera vs. Guiron **
Hero and the Terror **
Gunhed **1/2
The Thing ****
Cannibal Ferox **
The Warriors ****
Black Devil Doll *
Deep Red ***1/2
City of the Living Dead ***
Monster Squad ****
Ghostbusters II ***
Day of the Dead ***1/2
My Name is Bruce *
The Car ***
Drag Me to Hell **1/2
Human Lanterns **1/2
Caramel ****
The People Under the Stairs ***1/2
The Signal **
Cat o' Nine Tails ***
Lethal Weapon 2 ***
Esoteric Agenda 1/2*
Pineapple Express ***
Shocker ***
What We Do is Secret *1/2
Troll 2 **1/2
Fistful of Dynamite ***1/2
Terminator Salvation **1/2
Jack Brooks, Monster Slayer **
Chinese Hercules **
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder **
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation ***
Return of the Boogeyman **1/2
The Boogeyman ***1/2
Death Warmed Up ***
The Love Guru 1/2*
Women's Prison Massacre ***1/2
Night of the Living Dead ***1/2
The Midas Touch *1/2
Hitch-Hike ***1/2
Sleep Dealer ***1/2
The Stendhal Syndrome ***1/2
Circus of Fear ***
Die Hard **1/2
Observe and Report ***
Funny Man ***
Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave **1/2
Modern Vampires ***
Sleepless ***
Women's Prison Massacre ***1/2
Luggage of the Gods! 1/2*
Coming Home ***1/2
Tourist Trap ***
Trauma **
Adventureland ***1/2
Black Demons **
Phantom of the Opera (1998) ***
Perfect Strangers ***1/2
Jungle Warriors **
Red Heat (1995) **
Chained Heat ***
Kickboxer from Hell **
Alucarda ***
God Told Me To ***
Scalps **
Captivity *1/2
Baadasssss Cinema **1/2
Timecrimes ***
The Ogre ***
Troll 2 **1/2
Special Effects ***1/2
Naked Fear **
Slime City ***
Shock Waves **1/2
Perdita Durango ***1/2
Role Models ***
Bone ***1/2
Hard Target **
Las Vegas Lady **
Policewomen **1/2
Superbad ***1/2
Hot Rod **
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ***1/2
Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals ***
Scanners ****
Barb Wire **
Crime and Punishment in Suburbia *
Thief ***1/2
Let the Right One In ***1/2
Death Sentence ***
Clan of the Cave Bear **
Iron Eagle *1/2
The Player ***1/2
The Spaghetti West ***
Les Femmes ***
Volver ***1/2
Noises Off... ***
Juno **1/2
Walled In **1/2
The Replacement Killers **
The Kingdom ***
Perfume *1/2
The White Darkness ***
Voice of the Moon **
The Secret Glory **
Dust Devil ***
Scars of Youth ***
Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare **
Starship Troopers ****
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive **
It Lives Again ***
Alien Raiders ***
Love's Labour's Lost **
Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except **
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ***1/2
Demons 2 ***1/2
Watchmen ***
Rambo ***
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film *1/2
Man on Wire ***1/2
Above the Law **
Madman **1/2
Taxi to the Dark Side ***1/2
Jesus Camp ***1/2
Alucarda ***
Demons ***1/2
My Kid Could Paint That **
Exiled ***
Wilding **
Hot Resort *
No Holds Barred *
Severance **1/2
Primer ***
City of Violence ***
Nightmare at Noon **1/2
The Zero Boys **1/2
Golden Years *1/2
You Don't Mess with the Zohan *1/2
Girls Nite Out *
Frailty ***
Mother of Tears *1/2
I'm a Cyborg But That's OK **
Stuck ***1/2
The In Crowd *1/2
The Midnight Meat Train **1/2
The Running Man ***
Jeremiah Johnson ***1/2
Flatliners ***1/2
Mother Night ***
Confetti *
Psycho II **1/2
The Last Picture Show ****
Lawnmower Man *1/2
Into the WIld **
Courier of Death ***
Creep ***
Breaker! Breaker! **
Dragon Rider (1974) **
The Ruins ***1/2
Dead & Buried ***
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist **
Dead Ringers ****
Afraid of the Dark **1/2
Transsiberian ***1/2
Freeway ***1/2
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation **1/2
13 Tzameti ***1/2
Lady in White ***
Dance of the Dead **1/2
Faust: Love of the Damned *1/2
P2 **1/2
The Stalking Moon ***
Rogue ***
Royal Deceit *1/2
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains **
Last Action Hero **
What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band ***
Raiders of Atlantis ***
The Unborn *1/2
Crime Story ***
Rogue ***
Demonstone **1/2
Armed Response **
Mister Lonely ***
The Spirit *
Tropic Thunder **1/2
Polar Bear King ***
Dragon Head **1/2
Sukiyaki Western Django **
The Dark Knight ***1/2
Stone Cold **1/2
One Armed Swordsman ***
X-Files: I Want to Believe **1/2
Christmas on Mars **1/2
Crime Story ***
Witchboard ***
Omega Cop **
Weird Science **1/2
The Intruder **
Lady Terminator ***
In Pot We Trust **1/2
First Blood ***
National Lampoon Goes to the Movies ***
Punisher: War Zone ***
Harsh Times *1/2
Robocop ****
City Hunter ***
Secret Window *1/2
The Happening ***1/2
The Dreamers **
Kill Me Again ***
Child's Play ***
Return of the Living Dead Part III **
All Ladies Do It **1/2
Hellgate (1989) *1/2
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey ***1/2
The Pit **
Return of the Living Dead Part II **1/2
Black Book ***1/2
People Who Do Noise **
Seven Days to Live **
Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural ***
As Good as Dead (1995) **
The Condemned **1/2
Rocky Balboa **1/2
From a Whisper to a Scream **
The Return of the Living Dead Part II **1/2
The Tripper *1/2
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child **
Raiders of Atlantis ***
Kenny & Company ***
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story **1/2
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master **1/2
Zabriskie Point **1/2
Matt's Million ***
McCabe & Mrs. Miller ***1/2
Entropy *1/2
The Forbidden Zone ***
The Fog (1980) ***
The Monster Club **
The Thing (1982) ****
Virgin Witch **
Rushmore ****
Feast *1/2
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Freddy's Revenge *1/2
Frasier the Sensuous Lion *1/2
Neon Maniacs ***
Judgment Night **
Dementia ***
Hollywood Zap *
Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas ***
VIP: My Brother Superman ***
Cutting Class 1/2*
Dead Heat **1/2
Control ***1/2
H.O.T.S. **
Survival Quest ***
Doomsday ***
Superbad ***1/2
Black Widow ***
American Drug War: The Last White Hope ***
Day of the Dead (2008) 1/2*
Hell Ride *1/2
Airheads *1/2
The Harvest ***
A Little Sex ***
Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller ***1/2
Voyage of the Rock Aliens ***
Vacancy **1/2
The Lost Boys: The Tribe *1/2
Superbad ***1/2
Taking the Heat *1/2
She (1982) **1/2
Animal Charm: Golden Digest **1/2
Planet Terror **
Escape From New York ***1/2
Back to Back: American Yakuza 2 **
Superbad ***1/2
Ghoulies **
Brown's Requiem ***
Robocop 2 ***