Why I Love… #92: Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

Year: 1972 Director: Shunya Ito Star: Meiko Kaji, Kayoko Shiraishi, Fumio Watanabe A product of Japanese film studio Toei in the early 1970s, the Female Prisoner Scorpion series - known in some circles as Female Convict Scorpion - detail the misadventures of Nami Matsushima (Meiko Kaji), a woman wrongfully imprisoned - framed by her former boyfriend - … Continue reading Why I Love… #92: Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

A Song Of Vengeance: Female Prisoner Scorpion

Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (1972), Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972), Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973), Female Prisoner Scorpion #701's Grudge Song (1973) What follows are four shortish reviews written separately for the above Japanese exploitation films, each a summation of my feelings written immediately after seeing the applicable film for the very first … Continue reading A Song Of Vengeance: Female Prisoner Scorpion

Review: Fences

Director: Denzel Washington Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo Denzel Washington is something of an old fashioned Hollywood star. He shuns the limelight, manages to stay out of the gossip columns. Works doggedly for studios on safe, respectable pictures, generally maintains a level of solid integrity. That doesn't make him especially 'interesting' in some … Continue reading Review: Fences

Review: Mustang

Light as air it may appear to be, but Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang deals almost exclusively with desperate people, and carries with it a rising sense of outrage at the smothering grip of patriarchal tradition. This quiet rabble-rouser was selected as Turkey's nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards. And while the … Continue reading Review: Mustang