"I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must…
"While embarrassing, at this time I wanted to plunge into the adult world by myself. In other words, I wanted to drink my own way... without regard for my senpai."
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl really bowled me over in a way that I wasn't expecting. I knew almost nothing about it going in (I certainly hadn't seen The Tatami Galaxy, although I am watching it now), but I wasn't totally sold on its unique visual style from…
"Let's see how good you ladies are without your weapons."
I honestly don't have a lot more to say about this movie than it says right on the tin: it's a Corey Yuen–directed martial arts actioner starring Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock. It delivers the goods. To answer the above quote, the ladies are, in fact, quite good without their weapons.
Yes, Madam! feels precisely calibrated to be relentlessly entertaining, both for better and for worse. It's edited to within…
"Hong Kong sucks! We'll never get anywhere in this place!"
Three childhood friends, Ben, Frank, and Paul, now slightly grow up and dabbling in a life of crime, attempt to rescue a singer from being forced into prostitution by going to war with the mob boss who controls her, and in the ensuring aftermath of this battle they essentially stumble right onto the frontlines of the Vietnam War. This is no accident: their violent lives are a reflection of the…
"Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."
There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…