Pinocchio 964, a.k.a. Screams of Blasphemy (1992)

This might not have been the best movie for someone like me to watch. I say that because I typically do not like racket, or cacophony, or din (thank you GRE!) especially in music. I can’t stand the sound of endless clashing cymbals or frantic guitar leads (I’m thinking of heavy metal riffs here). And, as the title suggests, there’s a lot of screaming in this … Continue reading Pinocchio 964, a.k.a. Screams of Blasphemy (1992)

Last Life in the Universe (2003)

I’ve been holding off on writing about this film because I wasn’t quite sure what to say about it.  It’s a film about perception of reality, though on the surface it is about suicide, love, life, living & relationships. This film reminded me of a Haruki Murakami novel because of the mystery that unfolds for the viewer.  As the film progresses, the viewer sees that what was … Continue reading Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Sayonara Jupiter (1984)

I love Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey quadrilogy, and the 2001 film was truly remarkable, so when I saw that this Japanese film was intentionally made to somewhat mimic the 2010 sequel, I couldn’t resist.  Perhaps that was a mistake…. It’s hard to say whether this was a “bad” film or not.  It is what it is:  a cheesy Sci Fi B-movie.  There is a play (i.e. twist) on … Continue reading Sayonara Jupiter (1984)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Hiroshi Teshigahara directed Woman in the Dunes in 1964, and while I haven’t read Kobo Abe’s novel, on which this film is based, I have recently been reading a lot more Japanese fiction, notably Haruki Murakami.  Murakami led me to this film.  One of the things that keeps me coming back for more Murakami is his persistent placing of his protagonists (or others) into holes that … Continue reading Woman in the Dunes (1964)