easternKicks Reacts! Ghost in the Shell

I’ve virtually hosted another one of our Reacts! pieces over at easternKicks, this time looking at the 1985 anime of “Ghost in the Shell”. Go have a look and see how a bunch of us feel about this classic animation. Spoilers.. Ant really likes it, and I’m kinda meh.

The H-Man

It’s pretty well known about how the “Godzilla” series of movies are influenced by the effects of the Atomic bomb on Japan. But did you know that Toho also produced films with similar themes that didn’t involve giant monsters? Over at Easternkicks, you’ll find my latest review, looking at “The H-Man”, a gangster-noir mixed up…

AC Film Club – Ghost in the Shell

Last year I had an enjoyable time on the MBDS Showcase podcast talking about “Audition” and “Dumplings”. Clearly I have done something right, as I have been invited back! This time however, things are a little different. Elwood has decide to have a sub-show talking exclusively about Asian films, and I’ll be joining him on…

Under the Shadow

So my last choice somewhat failed on the “Asian” front, even though it was a really enjoyable film. This time I have a similar but more easily justified choice. This one is set in Iran (which is most definitely Asia), with Farsi as the spoken language. It was filmed in Jordan by an Iranian director…

EasternKicks Reacts! House/Hausu

So over at EK, I’ve moderated another one of our inter-team discussions on a classic movie. This time is is the celluloid LSD trip that is “Hausu”. Now I loved the film, but come see what Andrew H and Panos thought about the madness…

The Girl With All The Gifts

You know what has been missing from the blog for bloody ages? That’s right, a team-up with friend of the blog and occasional contributor Miyuki from the Litterbox. For those of you that don’t know, Miyuki’s blog is a wonderfully personal and eclectic look at movies from all over the world, usually concentrating on films…

Rashōmon

I guess in many ways this is one of the most pointless reviews I have ever done. It’s a classic film made by one of the all-time great directors. It’s generally considered the movie that bought Japanese cinema to the attention of modern western audiences. It basically won best foreign film at the Oscars before…

Sadako vs. Kayako

Over at EasternKicks.com you can have a look at what I felt about “Sadako vs. Kayako”, the lastest film in the “Ringu/Ju-on” franchises. Spoiler alert.. it’s kinda meh.

Seoul Station

So as the more observant of you know, I am rather partial to a zombie movie, and I really enjoyed Yeon Sang-ho’s live action debut “Train to Busan” which was a really effective entry into the genre. It took me a little while but I finally got myself a copy of his animated prequel/prologue to…

So That Was 2016..Year in Review

Right, I know I am a little late with the Year in Review, but then again I didn’t even do one for 2015! So I thought I’d just scribble down some thoughts, give a little personal update, and let you know my top 10 films and music of the year. The Top 10’s will both…

Metropolis

Like the proverbial bus, 2 EK reviews in two days. This time I have a look at the 2001 Anime “Metropolis”, which is getting a shiny new release on home media. Come back soon though, as over the weekend I’ll be publishing my 2016 Year in Review, looking at my favourite Asian media over the…