Review of Takashi Miike’s 13 ASSASSINS

Reprinted from the Independent Weekly Gonzo Asian director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) tones it down (somewhat) with this Kurosawa-esque tale of a group of samurai led by Koji Yakusho’s Shinzaemon plotting the death of the Shogun’s psychotic half-brother (Goro Ingaki). Gorgeous Japanese scenery and thoughtful, often witty dialogue dominate the first half as […]

Action Fest Recap with Reviews of SUPER, 13 ASSASSINS, IRONCLAD, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN and Buddy Joe Hooker

If you’ve ever dreamed of pulling into a theater parking lot with BMX bikers doing half-pipe flips and a man preparing to be set on fire; ActionFest, Asheville’s annual “Film Festival with a Body Count” might be the cinematic event you’ve been waiting for. On a recent sunny weekend, I attended the second annual festival […]