Put Lateef Crowder in more movies.
Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf 2009
This movie is set up as a "lost" 70s exploitation picture, complete with fake film grain and missing frames and variable film stock. I've always hated that—why not just make your 70s exploitation picture without the metatextual frills? Director Kurando Mitsutake would in fact go on to do that in his next two features (Gun Woman and Karate Kill), both of which weren't just homages to Japanese exploitation movies, they were the real thing, and were much more fun than…
War: Dain 2018
Mongolian thriller about three childhood friends who come together as adults to deal with a problem, really can't describe the plot in more detail without tipping some things. This is a very low budget production but it is very high ambition in story and narrative structure—not everything worked, but most did, and it was impossible for me to get ahead of the plot at any point in the story, it's really well conceived. This is exactly the kind of movie I keep hoping to find when rummaging through the dusty corners of streaming services. I found this on tubi, and you should too.
Caught in Time 2020
A weirdly moralistic cops vs robbers movie. It's like if an official from the China propaganda department wanted to make a Michael Mann film, just gives the whole thing a strange odour. Anyway, not very interesting.
Project Wolf Hunting 2022
Way too much pipe laid for what should have been a more straightforward film.
Still liked it a lot.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance 1972
The only movie that has the balls to begin with the hero decapitating a toddler.
In all of Takashi Miike's filmography, or even in the history of horror films, I cannot think of anything as unsettling, as disturbing, as terrifying as Billy Drago's line readings.