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  • The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio

    ★★★½

  • Ju-on: Black Ghost

    ★★

  • Hard to Kill

    ★★★½

  • Ultraman Geed the Movie: Connect! The Wishes!!

    ★★★★

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  • The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio

    The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is an exceptionally odd film. The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio is the head-scratching true story of a Japanese conman who pretended to be an American pilot (and British royalty) and swindled women. The approach director Daihachi Yoshida (I love his film Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!) takes is quite unique. It is absurd with lead actor Masato Sakai wearing a big fake nose and some bizarre stylistic choices and tangents. Yet, there's also a jarring bleakness to…

  • Ju-on: Black Ghost

    Ju-on: Black Ghost

    ★★

    Aww. I enjoyed the very silly Ju-on: White Ghost so much, and that raised my hopes for this. But sadly Ju-on: Black Ghost kind of sucks. Its story, though perhaps more pinpointed than the last film, is a total mess. I'm not sure if it was because the film couldn't hold my attention or whether it was incoherently told (bit of both probably), but I, at times, struggled to remember who characters were and what they were trying to achieve.…

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  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…

  • Cool World

    Cool World

    ★★½

    Cool World is such a frustrating film. Bakshi's talents are on display, but so is the meddling hands of Frank Mancuso, Jr. and Kim Basinger who turned this from a hard R horror film to a befuddling PG-13 disaster. After a nose-punching battle for creativity (Bakshi slugged Mancuso Jr. in the face after hearing what would become of his film), Cool World became a film for nobody. There's too much weird sexy stuff for kids, and not enough substance for…