monday morning mashes
If the pen is mightier than the sword...

last weekend's dvd trilogy

Back in the 80's, before "American Psycho", Christian Bale ( soon to be forever linked with Batman)  was in "Empire of the Sun". This may be my favorite Spielberg film. There was a sequel to the book the movie was based on: The Kindness of Women. I've always wanted to read it. How does that boy from Empire become the sick pervert from Crash? Random Fact: The screenplay was by Mr. "Shakespeare in Love" himself, Tom Stoppard. 

- "When he produced Crash in 1973, legend has it that one publisher marked in her notes, "writer beyond psychiatric help"

- About "Crash"..Ballard himself called it "the first pornographic book based on technology"

- "My Wife is a Gangster" became the first Korean film to ever be sold to a U.S. studio for a remake. [ review ]

- Imagine "Miss Congeniality" spliced with "The Godfather", with the fight sequences of "Charlie's Angels" thrown in, and you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect in "My Wife is a Gangster".

Shinichiro Watanabe is such a genius. The standout on this volume is an episode in which an opium crop is burned during a Samurai stand off. Wackyness ensues.

Complete Guide to anachronisms in Samurai Champloo.

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