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The Weirdest Day Of Movies Ever! Moriarty Reviews POWERPUFF GIRLS And ICHI THE KILLER!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

Okay. First things first. Fair warning. If you got linked here from some POWERPUFF GIRLS website, looking for a review of only that film, let me tell you now... I’m going to be talking about two movies in this review, and the other one is about as far from a Cartoon Network production as is possible. I’ll try and give you a signal before I shift into my comments on the second film, and when I do... run. Don’t walk. And don’t look back.

Anyone who still has trouble understanding why Harry and I spend time setting a review in context need only look at a day like Saturday to understand how important that is to understand how a reviewer reacts to something. My movie viewing day started the night before, in a way, when I got a mysterious call. “Hello... is this Moriarty?”

I’m used to mysterious calls. It’s to be expected at this point, quite frankly. “Yes. It is. Can I help you?”

”How would you like tickets for tomorrow morning to the POWERPUFF GIRLS premiere?” I looked at the clock. It was about 3:30 in the morning. Again, I’m somewhat used to this, considering the bizarre office hours I keep.

”What time is it?”

”11:00. I’ll drop the tickets off tomorrow morning. Just tell me where.”

I described the location of the Labs to the mysterious caller, telling him where to turn north from Franklin and explaining where the secret entrance to the Labs is, right there on the street under Kevin Smith’s new house. It was more fun to spy when it was Affleck’s party house. Smith’s such a family man. But I digress. The next morning, when I woke up, the tickets were waiting in an envelope, and I headed out for Century City.

The red carpet outside the premiere was surreal. It’s a good thing I’m too old to do any drugs harder than Metamucil, because I would have had a full-on Hunter S. Thompson moment at the sight of the hundreds of little kids running in every direction and the giant full-size Powerpuff Girls costumed characters wandering around and posing for photos with the kids. I sort of ricocheted off Tom Kinney, who does the voices of The Mayor and The Narrator for the show and the movie, and all I could think was, “Holy cow, that’s Binky The Clown!” Binky Fever... catch it! Then a giant costumed Mojo Jojo almost knocked me down, and I realized that I was like Godzilla in downtown Tokyo, hopelessly out of scale, a hazard to most of the people on the carpet. I ducked through the metal detectors, grabbed one of the drinks (mmmm... watered-down small Sprites for everyone!), and found a seat. They were giving away swag everywhere you turned, but it was all kid-oriented... little hats and bags with toys and cookies shaped like the characters. There was a host onstage in the front of the theater, teaching the kids dances and songs and doing contests to give away even more swag, and I swear I don’t think that guy took a breath once the entire morning. It was hard not to smile at the sheer manic energy of the whole thing. The kids were genuinely excited to be seeing this particular film, and I couldn’t help but flash on the crowd at the Chinese two weeks earlier for the SCOOBY-DOO premiere. Same company, AOL/Time-Warner, also a big kid’s premiere, with tons of kids in attendance. The energy was totally different, though. The kids at SCOOBY weren’t interested in the film. There was a group of girls in front of us who couldn’t have been older than nine, all of them already bored and cynical about the entire premiere experience, more worried about what “Freddy and Sarah” were wearing than about the film itself. It was funny and sad in equal measure. I didn’t detect even a bit of that in the pre-POWERPUFF audience, though. Those kids were there to have a good time.

And, once the lights went down, they did. There’s a special new DEXTER’S LABORATORY cartoon in front of the feature, and it’s a pleasant enough little short. I like Genndy Tartakovsky a lot (saw him settling into a seat a few rows in front of mine just before the lights went down), and I think he’s one of the best guys out there at pure cartoons right now. Still, I’m not familiar with DEXTER, really, and it seemed to be a long way to go for a fairly benign payoff at the end.

No worries, though. As soon as the short was over, the Warner Bros. logo came up, followed by the new Cartoon Network movies logo (as sweet and specific in its own way as the new Marvel Films logo I love so much), and then we’re off. It’s an 87 minute movie, and it never stops to take a breath. The opening credits show Professor Utonium (voiced by Tom Kane) in his lab, at work, while a monkey rampages around the lab. Anyone familiar with the show knows what’s coming, but if you don’t, you can just sit back and let director Craig McCracken do his job. This is, in its own way, a superhero movie, and it knows the form quite well. It’s an origin story, but it’s also an arch-enemy story. The first half of the film details the creation of the Powerpuff Girls and their gradual acclimation to their superpowers. The second half of the film sees them go head to head with Mojo Jojo (voiced by Roger L. Jackson), their greatest enemy.

It’s pretty much just that simple. The girls are created, and they’re each given names appropriate to their personalities: Blossom (Catherine Cavadini), “because she is so open, so curious, so ready to ask questions”; Bubbles (Tara Strong), “because of her bubbly laugh”; and the appealingly grouchy Buttercup (E.G. Daily), “because that name ALSO starts with a B.” Professor Utonium is prepared to raise them as his own, as normal little girls, never realizing what Chemical X has done to them. The film’s biggest and best sequence involves an innocent game of tag on the playground of their elementary school that turns into a full-blown discovery of their powers that almost levels Townsville. There’s a real joy of animation and storytelling in this sequence, and it’s beautiful in a hyper-stylized way. The girls are outcasts because of the innocent destruction they wreak upon the city, and the Professor is arrested. Just when things are at their worst, a mysterious friend shows up, a familiar monkey with an enormous exposed brain. What the girls don’t realize is that they’re being used for a plan that will see every human being in Townsville under the control of a race of super-intelligent monkeys, all of them under the command of Mojo Jojo, also created in the explosion that made them who they are.

And, yes, all of this is just as silly onscreen as it sounds here. That’s part of the appeal.

There are moments of glorious, sublime silliness here. Personally, I love it when Mojo Jojo uses Chemical X and a machine built by the Powerpuff Girls (see the film for the explanation) to transform all the monkeys and apes in Townsville into super-intelligent apes like himself, intent on commanding them as an army, only to have each of them declare themselves the leader, with wars breaking out between each maniacal monkey despot and no one paying even the slightest hint of attention to Mojo Jojo. Many of the monkeys build robots for themselves, and one of them that made me laugh out loud actually drops little pellet bomb turds into its hand and throws them at people. Someone must have been laughing so hard they had trouble holding a pencil while they drew that. It’s inventive, sweet as can be, and doesn’t overstay its welcome by even a moment. If you have a POWERPUFF fan in your house or you are one yourself, you will be enormously pleased by the film, andif you’re not, this is as good a time as any to check and see if the particular charms of the cartoon might work on you.

And now, if you just came for the POWERPUFF GIRLS review, it’s time for you to go. I drove across town later in the afternoon to the Egyptian, where I went to a 5:00 screening, part of the Japanese Outlaw Masters series that I mentioned a few weeks ago.

This is your last warning.

I’m going to talk about ICHI THE KILLER.

I’m not kidding.

Takashi Miike must be Japanese for “cum and blood,” because I have never seen anyone so fixated on painting a screen with bodily fluids. There is a gleeful malevolence to the work that Miike does that is unequalled in film right now. If there is anyone who has taken up the mantle of “most trangressive filmmaker working” long since abandoned by cinematic institutions like David Cronenberg and John Waters, it is Miike. The man is like a tumor, a diseased organ pumping out films that are unhealthy, infected, sure to do damage.

And, god help me, I like what he’s up to.

Here’s a review I got in earlier today from “Izzy The Killer,” a reader who was at the same event at the Egyptian. He does a good job of setting up the plot:

First time writing in and fresh from the American Cinematheque (at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood). I just finished up a weekend of Seijun Suzuki's "Pistol Opera" and Takeshi Miike's "Ichi the Killer" as part of the Revenge of the Japanese Outlaw Masters 4 film series. Both shows were packed, although moreso for the latter. I suspect that anticipation would be built up by Miike's growing cache as he consistently resets the bar for disturbing films deemed too violent for audience members under 18. The last Outlaw Masters film series was the debut of "Audition" and better video rental shops carry "Visitor Q", each more horrifying than the last. Next up "Ichi the Killer"...

Ichi is a hitman of sorts, who is mentally abused and brainwashed to believe that his hits are bullies and bad guys who must be killed in the name of the little guy. Ichi's mentor / boss had taken Ichi in as a small child who killed his parents. The benefactor forces false memories into Ichi - memories of torture, abuse, rape, bullying, and helplessness at the hands of children and class mates. Years later the result is a crying, unstable and unstoppable killing machine that disembowels, beheads, saws asunder, chops and slashes his hits - all the while dressed like a super hero.

Ichi is hired to kill off the Anjo clan as rival syndicate members take over the video porn industry with Anjo's demise. The killing alarms Anjo clan who go about searching for Ichi and a bag of money stolen by Ichi and his clean-up crew. Make no mistake, the clean-up crew is literally a clean-up crew who is tasked with mopping up after Ichi. Yakuza torture methods to shake down info on Ichi include piercing, burning with tempura oil, cutting off tongues, cutting off nipples, breaking off arms, etc. etc. All violence is graphic and bloody bloody bloody.

Remarkably this film is a yakuza revenge thriller comedy, and is extremely funny albeit horrifying. Somehow Miike has found a way to make a wholly unreasonable film that is both entertaining and hugely successful in Japan. Miike has completely perverted the genre of said yakuza revenge thrillers, and just in time! See this film if you are a fan of Asian cinema or gangster films, but I recommend keeping at least one hand free to cover your eyes.

As long as that’s all you’re using that one hand for, Izzy. I will admit to being a little disturbed by just how hard some of the people around me were laughing at certain things, but I guess that’s a natural reaction. You have to do something when confronted with these images. Just sitting there in silence seems impossible. Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano) is a bleached-blonde masochist who becomes the main rival to Ichi (Nao Omari) over the course of the film. No one actually knows who Ichi is. He’s a mystery, and everyone imagines a total monster, which is one of the things that Miike totally screws with. His “hero” is a snivelling, crybaby, impotent mess who kills with razor lined heels while dressed in a hysterically silly sculpted rubber costume. If you can ever watch one of the Warner Bros. BATMAN films again with a straight face after seeing Ichi in action, I admire your ability to compartmentalize. Me? I’m ruined. This movie is just so persuasively silly. Of course, it’s hard to dismiss a film as “silly” when it features nipples being cut off on screen, some insane tricks with needles, tongues being severed, opening titles written in semen, rape, and the graphic onscreen death of children. It’s hard to justify to someone who wants to be offended. If you're looking to get outraged, this film will do the trick. And I'm not saying you're wrong, either. I can’t say that ICHI THE KILLER is making some important moral point or reaching for some sort of higher meaning with the use of these images, and I’m sure Miike would openly laugh at anyone who tried. This is a film that exists simply to sandblast your eyes and your sensibilities, a movie that assaults you with a sort of genial charm. It is fouler than Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE. Even Miike’s earlier films like AUDITION and DEAD OR ALIVE and VISITOR Q are like mere warm-ups for the almost orchestral perversion of this film. And, oddly, it’s thematically very similar to POWERPUFF GIRLS THE MOVIE. They’re both knowing riffs on the superhero story, with the origin material turned inside out.

Both films also place innocents in roles where they are turned into weapons by people with shadowy motives, tricking them by appealing to their sense of what’s right. The Powerpuff Girls help Mojo Jojo because they believe that he is going to help them do something so wonderful that all of Townsville will have no choice but to accept them. Ichi is convinced that he was bullied and beaten down as a child, and he doesn’t want that to happen to anyone else. There’s a moment where he karate kicks a 12 year old bully, practically crushing his chest, and he does it because he’s standing up for a boy who is in the exact position he was brainwashed to believe he was always in. Ichi is a child, emotionally speaking, looking for some way to harness these horrible powers of his and find acceptance and peace.

Also, laying out the plots of these two films is hardly fair. These aren’t films about plot. These are films about details, and both films deliver exactly what they promise. POWERPUFF GIRLS is filled with the same sly character humor as the television show, and ICHI THE KILLER is filled with the exact sort of extreme imagery that Miike fans have come to demand. Both films are extreme exercises in tone and style, and both are so extreme as to be nearly abstract.

Dear God... if not for the chronological proximity of the two screenings, would I really be comparing the films right now? And would they be making sense like that? In any case, it’s extremes like this that keep me dizzy in love with what the movies can do. How else could I have had experiences this divergent in one day? I guess I could have volunteered at a daycare center and gone on a killing spree in Koreatown later that night, but there are any number of problems with that scenario.

Instead, I’m just pleased that these two films have become jumbled now in my memory, entangled. It’s just the way I like it, sweet and sour thoroughly mixed, and whatever your taste, seek out the appropriate picture. You’ll be glad you did.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • June 25, 2002, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Where can I get Ichi the Killer?!

    by CleverMovieName

    I KNOW it won't play in Ohio... not even at the Little Art, in Yellow Springs. That place is awesome. If you know of it playing near Ohio, post it!

  • June 25, 2002, 6:55 a.m. CST

    ^%$# LILO and Stitch! For the Ultimate Trip go see PowerPuff Gir

    by MentallyMariah


  • June 25, 2002, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Binky Fever!!

    by RenoNevada2000

    Allright a "Shakes The Clown" reference! The Citizen Kane of alcholic clown movies!!!

  • June 25, 2002, 9:15 a.m. CST

    by Terry_1978

  • June 25, 2002, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Dude, I swear Roger L. Jackson should have gotten some kind of a

    by Terry_1978

    He's the Scream guy, and Mojo Jojo, my favorite cartoon character as of late. The first time I heard Mojo's voice, I nearly cracked up aloud in my room. That mixture of badly dubbed Japanese martial arts movie voices and the unintentional overacting is what makes the voice so hilarious. I can't wait to see this thing next weekend. Bring on the Samurai Jack animated big screen flick now!!!!

  • June 25, 2002, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Another "good" Miike film - Dead or Alive

    by WeedyMcSmokey

    Its got everything you want in a Yakuza flick - Shotgun blasts that show you what victims had for dinner, 40-foot lines of cocaine, jugular wounding off a guy in the midst of raping another guy, and shotgun-offering clowns (you heard me). And that's all in the first ten minutes. Following this there is some kind of story about cops, locals and the Yakuza, but I had trouble really giving it the attention it so richly deserved after seeing the bestiality sequence (Japan is fucked up - porn wise). Anyhoo - Miike may try (and succeed) in pushing the audience to new heights of blood-letting comedy, but the man nows how to reward his audience with a kick-ass ending. This one is indescribibly good. Its a real pay-off, if you make it to the last reel without throwing up.

  • June 25, 2002, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Both sound quality

    by Longfellow

    Me want.

  • June 25, 2002, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Bubbles is my babe

    by CuervoJones

    no very interested in postmodern rapist

  • June 25, 2002, 11:03 a.m. CST

    orchestral perversion

    by reni

    Mori that's gotta the name of our next album. I always wanted to use an orchestra.

  • June 25, 2002, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Now THOSE were movie reviews

    by Shabba McDoo

    Moriarty, for fuck's sake, man...TAKE CONTROL OF THIS WEBSITE! I would give anything (except my love...and my penis...and my girlfriend...ok, I wouldn't give ANYTHING...) to see you and Harry switch things up for, ohhh, I don't know...FOREVER. Don't get me wrong, though. I don't wanna' see Harry go for good. I have a special place in my heart for the silly fuck. I'd just rather see much more work from you and much less work from him. PLEASE, MAN! PLEASE!

  • June 25, 2002, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Ichi the killer-a Clockwork Orange for the 00's?

    by Astaldo

    it sure sounds like it. only this sounds like it makes Clockwork look like the Care bears movie. If the movie is even close to as insanely jarring and funny as the reviewer makes it out to be, have got to see this thing.

  • June 25, 2002, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Mori, where's the MINORITY REPORT review?

    by Vegas

    Just curious.

  • June 25, 2002, 1:41 p.m. CST

    yes, yes

    by EliCash

    Where is Moriarty's Report on Minority Report? The last review on this movie I'm dying to read.

  • June 25, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Cleveland Cinematheque

    by talkinghead

    What's going on at the Cinematheque in Oct. and Nov.? Tell me, tell me! And indeed the Cinematheque is great place to catch some more obscure flicks that actually play in Ohio...The two hour drive isn't even a problem, haha.

  • June 25, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by moderator

    ...Japan is fucked up porn wise? simply because of a bestiality sequence? Jesus, On a conspiracy theory website, I once saw a "porn window" open featuring two girls felating a pig in a clown suit! I was even witness to a woman being sodomized by a dog! I think that we're ALL seriously depraved.

  • June 25, 2002, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Samurai Jac k is black?

    by rev_skarekroe

    I had no idea. sk

  • June 25, 2002, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Though ya gotta admit, the samurai jack theme song is catchy as

    by Terry_1978

    Jack, jack...jack, jack, jack....major cut of the year, baby!!!! I'd like to see Craig McCracken direct an ep of Samurai Jack though, just to see his take on it.

  • June 25, 2002, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by 81666

    i did go to chinatown as advised and looked for DEAD OR ALIVE, and ICHI THE KILLER with no luck. does anyone know specifically where i could get a hold of these flicks, i have been wanting to see them since their opening buzz... where oh where in chinatown in NYC can i find them?!!? also any news on how DEAD OR ALIVE 3 was, i hear nothing about it, it was supposedly the wire-fu hong kong finale to the trilogy. -81666

  • June 25, 2002, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Skaetur

    dOOD,Im a skater. I love movies like Blade (I not II), Evil Dead (II not III), and Cabin Boy. My favorite all time movie is Goonies (one of the last PG films to let kids say shit all thru the thing). Just wanted to say that PPG is gonna be my new favorite movie, i can feel it. By the way, Klones was over rated... They shoulda just had a striaght Yoda film, with his origin, his rise to power and his downfall, screw anakin/darth he's gay.

  • June 25, 2002, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, when did PG mean "shit" could no longer be said?

    by Terry_1978

    Just wondering.

  • June 25, 2002, 4:50 p.m. CST

    King Rentboi

    by EliCash

    John Kricfalusi is alive and well and prosperous up here in the great white north. On Canadian cable T.V we have a station called Teletoon (similar to the Cartoon Network in the USA) On this station John K. has a new 'toon called "The Ripping Friends" which contains whacked out humour, potty-jokes, manic characters and all the stuff we loved about Ren and Stimpy. The show is about a group of super-heros who are 30 years old and live with their mother at Ripcot headquarters. It's a great show. Try this link:

  • June 25, 2002, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by EliCash

    If Moriarty doesn't review Minority Report then he is ignoring an important film. We wanna know what the man who said "...I'm as excited to see this film as any this summer..." actually thought when he watched it unfold.

  • June 25, 2002, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Japanese for cum and blood...

    by empyreal0

    That kind of oversaturation is going to eventually kill this kind of movie. It's like a drug. Sooner or later, even the hard stuff isn't even enough, until eventually nothing is enough.

  • June 25, 2002, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Nobody wants to know about you getting a full-on Hunter S. Thomp

    by empyreal0

    ...and at the Powerpuff Girls premiere no less! There's enough Fear and Loathing in the plot of Ichi the Killer as it is. :)

  • June 25, 2002, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Ichi, Ohio, PPG, yadda yadda, I'm getting negati

    by ThePoleOfJustice

    First off, PLEASE tell me that "Minority Report" is not gonna be the next AOTC, wherein it shows up in EVERY DAMN TALKBACK, regardless of relevance! Please, keep discussion of that shit sandwich where it belongs. Also, although I absolutely loved "Audition," I thought "Ichi" was ungood. Hopefully, the enormously talented Miike will focus on making real movies, and not the glorified faux-snuff flicks that "Ichi" represents. Notice that nobody really speaks of the storytelling or characters in "Ichi?" 'Cause there's no point. If you're a gorehound, you may have some use for this, but six reels of special effects don't mean squat to me. Yeah, it's disgusting, but so was "Visitor Q," and that was worth watching. "Ichi" will probably have some cachet, simply because it's so far out there, but it pains me to see Miike do this...sorta like watching Hitchcock make a Herschel Gordon Lewis crapfest. Anyway...The Powerpuff Girls movie? HELL yeah. The "Meet The Beat Alls" episode was inspired and thick with geek detail...God only knows what kind of hipster havoc McCracken will wreak with this...And to the above poster concerning "Samurai Jack," I always saw that show as being about the artwork, and not the storylines (frankly, I feel the same way about Dexter's Lab.) And for seeing obscurities in Ohio, The Cleveland Cinematheque is about it, since Cowlumbus' Drexel seems to have misplaced it's testicular fortitude(hard to believe this is the same theatre that ran the first "Tetsuo" when I was working there.) They seem solely interested in running the (please pardon the term) "chick flick" end of the independent spectrum. Hell, there isn't even really a place to buy import DVDs around here, unless you wanna count the Virgin Megastore (I don't, although I should mention that I snagged a copy of Tsukamoto's "Gemini" on a gorgeous Korean DVD from a rental place in German Village.) Never believe we have one of the largest University cultures in the country, would you?

  • June 25, 2002, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Samurai Jack owns, the only powerpuff that was ever funny was th

    by TheMatarife

    the girls all decide to become different superheros, Bubbles and Blossom become Hello Kitty and Wonder Woman knock offs, and Buttercup becomes MANGE a spawn-type knockoff character which had me lauging soo hard. Funny stuff. Samurai Jack owns.

  • June 25, 2002, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Takashi Miike films

    by bemars0

    I have seen Audition and I was lucky enough to see Dead or Alive at a film festival, but I have not seen any other Miike films unfortunately. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to rent or see his films? I am from the Ky/Ohio area. Thanks in advance for any help

  • June 25, 2002, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Powerpuff Girls - minor miracle

    by Wild At Heart

    What's that you say? An animated cartoon series that is utterly, undeniably brilliant and funny? My god, stop the presses. Bless you Craig McCracken you frickin' genius, you. Seriously PPG ain't nothing but beautifully executed fun and silliness and there just isn't enough of that in the world. Nothing to get snide nor cynical about. What joy! And Bis's theme tune makes me smile every time I hear it. Oh yeah, Dexter's Lab is sweet too. DEEEEE-DEEEE!!!!!!

  • June 25, 2002, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Powerpuff Girls - minor miracle

    by Wild At Heart

    What's that you say? An animated cartoon series that is utterly, undeniably brilliant and funny? My god, stop the presses. Bless you Craig McCracken you frickin' genius, you. Seriously PPG ain't nothing but beautifully executed fun and silliness and there just isn't enough of that in the world. Nothing to get snide nor cynical about. What joy! And Bis's theme tune makes me smile every time I hear it. Oh yeah, Dexter's Lab is sweet too. DEEEEE-DEEEE!!!!!!

  • June 25, 2002, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Miike's films availability in the states

    by Ein210

    Audition as most every knows is available domestically here in the states. Dead or Alive 1 has been picked up by Viz for a North American DVD release, but noone seems to know when its happening. Tokyo Shock has acquired rights to both Visitor Q and Ichi the Killer, scheduled for NA DVD release in October. Otherwise, quite a few of Miike's films are available subtitled on DVD but in PAL format. If you can only run NTSC, then there is always the bootleg tape realm. Ebay is always good for that kindof crap.

  • June 25, 2002, 9 p.m. CST

    about John K.

    by Elgyn6655321

    John K. (the "Ren & Stimpy" creator) has been hired by TNN to make *new* episodes of "Ren & Stimpy"......AND a full-length movie! I got this info from Dark Horizons incase anyone`s wondering. As for PPG, I love the show (best animated show since "R & S"), and I was curious as to how they`d be able to stretch it into a feature-length movie. But from the sounds of it, it seems they`ve done it right! (RE: origin story)

  • June 26, 2002, 12:56 a.m. CST

    there's a powerpuff girls movie?? How fricken cool is that!!

    by TheGinger Twit

  • June 26, 2002, 1 a.m. CST

    (Shakes head) Moriarty, Moriarty, Moriarty!

    by TheGinger Twit

    You must learn the difference between a review and a blow by blow account of the entire film. I may have really wanted to see this thing fresh.

  • June 26, 2002, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by ThePoleOfJustice

    Y'know, I'm getting the somewhat disturbing feeling that we probably know each other...the scene here in Cowlumbus ain't big enough for that not to be the case on SOME level. Also, Yes, Jeff and Kathy Franks are fine people, and oh yeah, THE DAY...was way cool...but I stand by my assessment that they're playing it pretty safe. I mean, c'mon, right now the closest thing we have to indie cinema is "Monsoon Wedding." Nothing against it, but...c'mon. What was the last thing you saw here in town that made you say "Aw, Hell yeah, I can't believe THAT came here?" And I'm with ya on IMAR, picked up my copy of "Shaolin Soccer" there. I guess I'm just a little frustrated at watching all this stuff go by without a single blip of it coming here...that, and Campus Partners have completely gutted my beloved campus/record store strip...and the music scene is dying a slow death...and...**SOB** ;)

  • June 26, 2002, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Good lord

    by fuldamobil

    Ichi the Killer is absolutely the most fucked up, violent movie I have ever seen. I have seen a lot of violent movies, but nothing like this. It's as if Miike thought, "Well, what has never been filmed before?" and then proceeded to shoot everything his perverted mind could come up with. Jesus. It's hard to say if this is an enjoyable film, but I know I'm going to see his THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS tonight.

  • June 26, 2002, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by donaldsutherland

    goldmember.....SPOILER.... from the washington post Forget Dick Cheney's constant complaints about leaks. Yesterday New Line Cinema, citing everything but national security, pleaded with us not to publish details of the glitzy cameo appearances in "Austin Powers in Goldmember," the studio's summer blockbuster starring Mike Myers, which opens July 26. According to a source closely involved with the production, the opening sequence is an elaborate movie-within-a-movie featuring Tom Cruise as Austin Powers and Gwyneth Paltrow as the "busty babe" who keeps his mojo going. Danny DeVito plays Mini-Me and Kevin Spacey emotes as Dr. Evil.Director Steven Spielberg yells "cut," and the real story begins. We hear other cameos include Ozzy Osbourne and his family, John Travolta and Nathan Lane.

  • June 26, 2002, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by Elgyn6655321

    "Cabin Boy"? "Evil Dead II"? "The Goonies"? Dude, you have awesome taste in movies!

  • June 27, 2002, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Beware of Ichi !!!!!!

    by michel

    When I saw this I laughed my ass off. If you see this as a comedy, a VERY VERY VERY SIIIIIIICCCKKKK comedy, then there's a slight chance you might survive Ichi the killer. Also, a lot of people, and i mean a lot(!)walked out of this during the first 30 minutes. In terms of violence and gore, you can compare it with............well, actually nothing. Not even Peter Jacksons brilliant Deadalive (a.k.a. Braindead).