Jared Leto is clearly intended to make this take on the yakuza underworld palatable for U.S. viewers.
Miike’s film understands violence and vengeance as self-perpetuating cycles.
Thor: Ragnarok is the flamboyantly roller-disco entry in an already uncomplicatedly cartoonish side franchise.
The pitiless ending of writer-director Kôji Fukada’s haunting morality play houses a perverse silver lining.
Martin Scorsese crafts a versatile, multifaceted work that encourages serious reflection and contemplation.
It’s too pallid and diffuse, and so the development of its mood and characters suffers as a result.
This botched vision accepts the warrior’s nobility at face value and sees the story merely as a springboard for high-flying action and CGI special effects.
What’s most insulting about Battleship isn’t its awfulness, but that everyone involved knew it was a terrible concept from the get-go.
With some notable exceptions, Marvel Studios-produced films usually plateau at a glossy but totally indistinct level of mediocrity.
Given the generally disappointing treatment Hou’s films have received in Region 1, Wellspring’s new Café Lumière DVD is, though not perfect, nonetheless something to celebrate.