Joint Security Area – Blu-Ray Review

Joint Security Area, or J.S.A for short, was the first film director Park Chan-wook made that gained any traction in the west. It came out just as the Tartan Asia Extreme label was becoming very popular—that label became synonymous with Asian genre cinema, to the extent that people who didn't even grow up during the … Continue reading Joint Security Area – Blu-Ray Review

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion – Blu-Ray Review

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is a savage satire on corruption, bureaucracy, and authoritarianism. Director Elio Petri concocted a work that picked apart the weaknesses and failures of Italian policing, merged with tendencies the powerful have towards wanting more control. It's a clever use of Kafka-esque ideas, used within a very clear and specific … Continue reading Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion – Blu-Ray Review

Erik the Viking – Blu-Ray Review

Erik the Viking is one of the films that Terry Jones of Monty Python directed solo, and it gives you a clue as to why Terry Gilliam ended up being the more prolific director. Jones, who recently passed away, was best known for being the ‘British Terry’ in the comedy group. The two Terries made Monty Python and the Holy Grail together. When Life … Continue reading Erik the Viking – Blu-Ray Review