THIS ANIME SMELLS LIKE CAT SHIT

THIS ANIME SMELLS LIKE CAT SHIT

The cute and fuzzies have gone to war…again. Originally a manga series by Motofumi Kobayashi, “Cat Shit One” found animals battling it out with high power weaponry during the Vietnam War. Now, thanks to Studio Anima, those hairy bastards are at it again…



Posted on March 31, 2009 by

TRAFIC: CRITERION COLLECTION (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

Barring a few brilliant and surprising sight gags, “Trafic” is a long slog through parched and flat terrain.


Posted on March 31, 2009 by

CARTOON RARITIES OF THE 1930S (DVD)

5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

This collection brings back to life characters that many youngsters never knew.


Posted on March 31, 2009 by

TURKISH RAMBO ON THE RAMPAGE

Just when you thought we had seen the last of Turkish rip-off cinema, “Turkish Rambo” has reared its ugly head and will go by the name of “Rampage” when released to DVD by Dark Maze Studios on April 25th…



Posted on March 30, 2009 by

LOS ANGELES UNITED THIS SPRING

The Los Angeles United Film Festival will be held at the historic Los Feliz 3 Cinema on April 30th – May 7th. The festival kicks off with “Last Cup: Road to the World Series of Beer Pong”. Among other selected titles is “Fagbug,” which follows the cross country journey of a hate crime victim in her vandalized VW…



Posted on March 30, 2009 by

DEBATE TEAM

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

Why do these kids need to compete so fiercely in a language that no one can understand, arguing points that no one will hear or be influenced by? Is this about intellect or insane skills in diction?


Posted on March 30, 2009 by

RUDO Y CURSI

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

OFFICIAL SELECTION AFI DALLAS 2009!!! While there aren’t dog fights, orgies, or botched abortions in “Rudo y Cursi,” there are shower room hijinks, high stakes poker, and a music video comparable to the only memorable part of “Music and Lyrics”


Posted on March 30, 2009 by

THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

The film works well enough as a character study and a tone poem. But it is not terribly potent and lacks deeper meaning beyond surface thoughts regarding nature vs. nurture and whether or not people can change.


Posted on March 29, 2009 by

RANCHERO

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

Roger Guiterrez seems like a good actor with enough charisma to carry the picture, but he might have been directed poorly.


Posted on March 28, 2009 by

GRACE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 83 minutes

OFFICIAL SELECTION AFI DALLAS 2009! Let’s not sugarcoat it: this movie is fucked up. What is more terrifying, vile, and disgusting than childbirth?


Posted on March 28, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE STAR WARS KID

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can only be found on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil pays tribute to an unlikely Net star.



Posted on March 27, 2009 by

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 94 minutes

IN THEATERS! Yes, the 1950s monster movie homage is there, but it’s not consistent and too often tends to take a backseat to your run-of-the-mill goony Dreamworks Animation humor.


Posted on March 27, 2009 by

ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

OFFICIAL SELECTION AFI DALLAS 2009!!!

While always respectful and plainly in admiration of their young subject, “Zombie Girl” co-directors Justin Johnson, Aaron Marshall and Erik Mauck don’t shy away from showing the inevitable conflicts that arise in such an unconventional venture.


Posted on March 27, 2009 by

HOT ROD GIRLS SAVE THE WORLD (DVD)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 122 minutes

Director D.A. Sebasstian obviously delights in ’50s-style trash-movie aesthetics – chrome, steel, and shapely babes prevail throughout.


Posted on March 26, 2009 by

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS (DVD)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 94 minutes

For those who might say we’ve seen enough Holocaust movies, I can only respond that, since anti-Semitism is still alive, we cannot forget the horror.


Posted on March 26, 2009 by

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