Year in Film: 1974

Black Christmas

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Friends and I got together yesterday on Christmas in order to take in some Christmas horror flicks, and I watched Silent Night, Deadly Night for the second time in three days, and Santa’s Slay, which was so much better than I expected that I was left speechless when it ended. We did not have time […]


Read Cockfighter

I never thought I would sit through a movie about cockfighting. But after seeing Dillinger and Two-Lane Blacktop last year, I now count Warren Oates among my favorite actors. And, as with Two-Lane Blacktop, I had the chance to see one of his films on the big screen, at a cinema here in Tokyo that has […]

Death Wish

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In addition to my daily film watching regimen, I have been going through the episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” in chronological order which is going to take some time since there are nearly 400 episodes. Hitchcock was a great discoverer of new talent and a lot of young actors got their start on the show. […]

Female Trouble

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Continuing to try to squeeze in a few more John Waters before the end of the year, I went back to one of my favorites, Female Trouble. Although Pink Flamingos has always been Waters’ most notorious movies, the follow up is a far better and funnier film. Waters wrote in his memoirs Shock Value that […]

Jeans Blues: No Future

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This Japanese film starts with one of the most exciting sequences ever put together. As a searing fuzz guitar soundtrack wails, extreme zooms of newspaper headlines reporting robberies,  hold ups and shootings are shuffled with overhead views of ’70s hipsters dancing in a funky little bar. This frantic intercutting is occasionally interposed with views of […]

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

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Like so many other film fans, I have little time for remakes. I love The Shop Around the Corner (1940), but shutter at the thought of watching its remake You’ve Got Mail (1998). When I read the news that Nicole Kidman has bought the rights to How to Marry A Millionaire (1953), with plans to […]

Random Quote

“Tell me, what do you think of the traffic problem? What do you think of the marriage problem? What do you think of at night when you go to bed, you beast?”
-Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx)
from Animal Crackers