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- Posted 490 days ago
Through The Lovecraft Looking Glass of Love: FATALE #1 by Brubaker & Phillips
It all depends on how you choose to view it: Fatale is a crime comic. It features square-jawed tough guys making goo-goo eyes at beautiful dames with curling, jet-black tresses and fine suits and shotguns and embittered, trench-coat...
- Posted 499 days ago
Songs of Hate, Part Two: The Visual Instead Of The Verbal – The Nail That Sticks Out
“Women commit crimes because of men.” - Spoken by the ghost in Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 We left off last column with a run-down on the first of actress/singer Meiko Kaji’s Female Prisoner Scorpion series and a hint that...
- Posted 510 days ago
Sometimes You Get Lonely: Osaka Poo Criminal Just Wants Contact
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- Posted 516 days ago
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She sold over a million albums, her films inspired much of Kill Bill, and when she didn’t want to do what she was asked of by executives, she said uh-uh and split for greener pastures. Her name is Meiko Kaji....
- Posted 533 days ago
Murder, Sex, and True Fake Crime in Sion Sono’s Guilty of Romance – The Nail That Sticks Out
“Oishi sausage des!” –Sion Sono, Guilty of Romance Okay, hands up if you know what a love hotel is? Yeah, right, feel free to skip ahead. For those who don’t: A love hotel is basically a venue that...
- Posted 562 days ago
Megan Abbott’s THE END OF EVERYTHING Is The Start of Something New
I’ll admit it, I was worried this one wasn’t for me. I cracked open The End of Everything earlier this year, and its first chapters, with their immediate plunge into the early adolescent headspace of Lizzie Hood, had me slightly...
- Posted 565 days ago
The Mail Order Mix-Up & The Man With The Mermaid Tattoo (And Fake Tits)
Once again proving that they are peerless when it comes to off-the-wall, weirdo crime, Japan has hit us with a double-header of typically bizarre, kinky shit in the last couple of weeks. Firstly, on October 12, it was...
- Posted 573 days ago
It’s Not The Quantity, It’s The Quality: Sion Sono’s COLD FISH – THE NAIL THAT STICKS OUT
Back in my days teaching English in Japan, I raised the topic of murders and why they were so frequently extreme in Japan. One student actually said in reply, “It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality.” Kind...
- Posted 574 days ago
Whatever Her Name Is, She’s Brilliant: The MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Review
It’s a role of intense emotional shifts frequently conveyed internally. It’s a portrayal of severe emotional and psychological damage created with such subtlety and intelligence it’s hard to imagine any healthy twenty-two year old pulling it off,...
- Posted 577 days ago