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Taiwan Noir: Little Hero and The Ghostly Face

Taiwan Noir: Little Hero and The Ghostly Face

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Neither my or Kenny B’s affections for Polly Shang Kwan can be overstated. And, as if in perversely obstinate demonstration of that fact, we have turned the latest episode of the Taiwan Noir podcast into a filibuster length, intercontinental mash note to the loveable Taiwanese star. Among the discussed films is The Ghostly Face, a Taiwanese/Indonesian co-production that is one of Polly’s best and…

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Join me and Jeff Heyman tonight, Wednesday April 16, for Pop Offensive, streaming live starting at 7pm PDT on http://9thfloorradio.com. Vintage pop and dance music from around the world, girl groups, garage rock, ye ye girls, freak beat, northern soul, movie songs, jpop, electro, glam and old school punk. Basically anything to get your head nodding and your feet stomping!

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Join me and Jeff Heyman tonight, Wednesday April 16, for Pop Offensive, streaming live starting at 7pm PDT on http://9thfloorradio.com. Vintage pop and dance music from around the world, girl groups, garage rock, ye ye girls, freak beat, northern soul, movie songs, jpop, electro, glam and old school punk. Basically anything to get your head nodding and your feet stomping!

The Hell
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The Hell begins humbly enough, with a heavenly being (the subtitles just refer to her as “the Bodhisattva”) descending from the sky on a rainbow to speak with one of the guardians of Hades. Having helped him to “win (his) reputation in the world”, the Bodhissatva wants him to return the favor, and help the wandering young Yan Shyh-shean (Sek Fung, of 13 Worms and The Zodiac Fighters) on his noble…

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Stevie

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Quick Plot: Claire and Adrian are a well-to-do couple with some secret heartbreak residing in an impossibly awesome three-story home. They’re thrilled to adopt Isabel, a pleasant little girl with some darkness in her own past. Before you can say Is This An Orphan Sequel?, Claire discovers her own Isabel may have brought a menacing imaginary friend into their lives.

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Red Detachment of Women

Red Detachment of Women

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While presenting challenges of its own, Red Detachment of Womenmay have the power to redeem ballet in the eyes of those of us who have suffered through one too many performances of The Nutcracker. Instead of dancing tea leaves and sugarplum fairies, imagine pitched battles featuring severe, uniformed female dancers, all giving literal meaning to the term “bullet ballet”, with pliés that end in…

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On the Trail of the Golem

On the Trail of the Golem

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Visitors to Prague can today trace the history of Rabbi Loew through the still existent monuments, sites, and buildings associated with him. The Old New Synagogue, where Rabbi Loew presided, still stands. Loew’s grave is in Prague’s Old Jewish Cemetery. And a statue of the legendary rabbi — a naked woman draped around his leg, because why not — stands watch outside of the Prague City Hall, along…

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Idle Hands
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Quick Plot: Anton (Caspar incarnate Devan Sawa) is a lazy teen stoner who takes a few days to discover his parents have been murdered, maybe even by him. After smoking a mixture of spice rack leftovers, Anton’s hand becomes possessed by an evil murderous spirit.

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El Vampiro Negro
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“Tonight you are the luckiest audience in the world,” enthused Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller. “Because you get to see this film.” The film, 1953’s El Vampiro Negro, is an Argentinian remake of Fritz Lang’s M. And after that screening, a featured presentation in San Francisco’s venerable Noir City festival, I have to say that Muller was right. I feel very lucky indeed.

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

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When a patient of emergency room doctor Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins being Tom Atkins, which is to say, awesome) is murdered by a man in a suit in an improbable, head-crushing manner, and said man then proceeds to burn himself to death in his car, Challis can’t help but ask himself questions about the murdered man. What horrible things was he raving about? Why was he grabbing a Halloween mask made…

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Phantom Force
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Freshly introduced into Phantom Force (I’m sorry), the crap version of the BPRD, improbable special forces badass with post-cog abilities Mark Dupree (Richard Grieco, which makes me even more sorry, for myself) is to lead a bunch of idiots into his first assignment – yeah, let the paranormal rookie take command. I suspect Dupree’s boss (Nigel Bennett just wants to see if Dupree is a were-Rourke…

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Viva Riva!
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The chaotic urban life of Kinshasa, the largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the setting as rival factions battle over a cache of stolen fuel. Viva Riva! is a great film, among the best I’ve seen in African cinema. While the stereotypes for African films are weird Nigerian/Ghanaian films involving witchcraft, there is a diverse blend of film being produced that deserves a…

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Signale — Ein Weltraumabenteuer
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The film starts with a lesson all space people should learn, and one I’ve mentioned before: do not name your spaceships after characters in Greek mythology. Especially do not name your spaceship after a character in Greek mythology who was most famous for flying so high that he melted his wings and plummeted to his death. Naming your spaceship Icarus invites as much calamity as naming your…

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Sikandar

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Epically epic! Not terribly high in historical accuracy, but wonderful to behold and thoroughly thought-provoking about empire and political virtue from pre-Independence India. Sikandar manages to be completely entertaining while still indulging in lesson-dispensing from Aristotle (Shakir), who is surprisingly in Persia with Sikandar (Prithviraj Kapoor) and Rukhsana (Vanamala) as the film opens,…

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Forget the Consequences, Just Get Me a Sandwich

Forget the Consequences, Just Get Me a Sandwich

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Over the past several months I’ve been working my way through all of Pendleton Ward‘s Adventure Time, in part because it comes in 11 minute segments that are easy to squeeze into tiny cracks of spare time, but mostly because it’s awesome. There are lots of things to love about it – the humor, the weirdness, the clever allusions to art and literature – but I think the thing I enjoy most is how…

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