Friday, August 30, 2013

Missing Mama

MAMA is a good film that could've been great. It definitely rang in the creep factor but starts to drag when you realize there's not much more to the intriguing premise. It feels like it plateaus midway through and then wants to be more sentimental than horrific. I really wanted to shit my pants with this one - it's not bad, it just missed the mark for me.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SADAKO 3 strikes out

Ugh, SADAKO 3D was infuriating. Lit like a hooker's bathroom, shot like a community access soap, written like a pop culture guide to haunted tourist attractions - the poor CG integration was enough to raise Harryhausen from the dead. It was so inconsistent across the board - as if this was the RING mythology passed through a classroom of 6 year olds before reaching me. Time to revisit the Verbinski version and the ending of the original Japanese version to sober up.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


All politics & facts aside I really enjoyed ZERO DARK THIRTY - a thought provoking dramatic build to a popcorn action movie end. From a filmmaking standpoint I think JACK REACHER (though they're different movies) tried to do the same juggling act but failed.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Man From Reno

And now a message in Japanese from the school I teach at... ISMP 12,13,14期生に手伝ってもらった長編映画『Man From Reno - Renoから来た男-』が只今キックスターターキャンペーンやっています!キックスターターは、プロジェクトに対して賛同してくれる人たちから募金をし、そのプロジェクトを支援するというシステムです。今回、Man From Renoでは、ポストプロダクションに必要な予算をキックスターターで集めています。とても精力的に活動していて、主演女優藤谷文子さんとデイブ監督によるライブQ&Aや、締め切りカウントダウンパーティーも行います。今後の映画の製作資金集めなどにとても勉強になるかと思います。是非チェックしてみて下さい!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


I didn't even realize I was on the last episode of Breaking Bad s5 on Netflix & it all just ended. I enjoyed season 5 but it kind of came & went without a bang.