With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would recommend an eclectic selection of my favorite film books released in 2017 in case you’re looking for gifts to please the cinephiles in your life. My picks include a variety of reading material for all budgets and tastes including many titles that are closely linked to … Continue reading Favorite Film Books of 2017
Akira Kobayashi in Yasuharu Hasebe's Black Tight Killers (1966) While I was trying to compile a post for the Japanese Cinema Blogathon currently happening at Wildgrounds I read the sad news that one of my favorite Japanese directors, Yasuharu Hasebe, has died after he contracted pneumonia on June 14th. Hasebe was 77 years old, but … Continue reading Remembering Yasuharu Hasebe (1932-2009)
The task: Make a list of 10 of your favorite film characters.As much as I tend to dislike these blog memes, I couldn't say no to The Agitation of the Mind, Coosa Creak Cinema and Bubblegum Aesthetics so I finally took the plunge and decided to participate. Like any self-respecting film enthusiast I have hundreds … Continue reading 10 Characters I Love
Left: Joe Shishido & Reiko Sasamori in Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! Right: Hiroyuki Nagato & Jitsuko Yoshimura in Pigs and Battleships We're only four months into 2009 and the year is already becoming more interesting in terms of DVD releases than 2008. I've been impressed with Warner's decision to open up their … Continue reading Spend Springtime in Japan
My blogging buddy Peter Nellhaus over at Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee has asked me to contribute my own list of "20 Favorite Actresses" to a new film meme making the rounds of the blogosphere. Frankly I was just going to blow him off and ignore his request because these meme things tend to make … Continue reading The Eyes Have It
This might be old news to some, but it's new news to me. I just discovered Mattel released a Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels in The Birds (1963) Barbie doll in October complete with attacking birds and a mini reproduction of her fabulous green dress suit. The Birds terrified me when I first saw it … Continue reading Barbie has gone to The Birds
One of my favorite films from Panik House's 2005 Pinky Violence DVD Collection was Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless To Confess (Zubekô banchô: zange no neuchi mo nai, 1971), which was directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi for Toei and starred the strikingly cute Japanese actress and occasional pop idol Reiko Oshida. Not only was Delinquent Girl Boss: … Continue reading DVD of the Week: Delinquent Girl Boss – Blossoming Night Dreams (1970)
Rica (Rika Aoki) 1972 In recent years US DVD companies like Media Blasters, Panik House and Discotek Media have introduced American audiences to the amazing and controversial world of Japanese "Pinky Violence" (or "pink violence") cinema. Before these companies started subtitling films and making them easily available to American audiences on DVD, Japanese cinema obsessives … Continue reading Rica is Coming – Pinky Violence is Here!
Selecting my Favorite DVD Releases of 2006 was no easy task. As a matter of fact, I found it pretty impossible since there were so many great films released last year that I could easily compile a list of 50 impressive film titles. Instead of limiting myself to a mere 20 Favorite DVD Releases I've … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2006 – Part I.