Kurosawa’s modern-day crime thriller: High & Low

Our month of Kurosawa Sans Samurai ends tonight with High and Low, his classic film of crime, kidnapping, greed and society. One of a long line of adaptations directed by Kurosawa, High and Low‘s plot comes from the police thriller King’s Ransom. But like The Bad Sleep Well or Yojimbo, Kurosawa again transforms the non-Japanese source into… Continue reading

Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

The birth of hip hop is a curious thing. It’s both hotly disputed (which borough ‘created’ it, who really invented scratching, etc.) and remarkably well documented. The creation of an entirely new culture inside the cultural capitol of, well, the world, created a weird feeding frenzy of lovers and opportunists… Continue reading

MPR’s Euan Kerr Defends the Indefensible!

That’s right, everybody! It’s time once again for your favorite secret-awful-or-nearly-awful movie of the month, the Defenders! You know the drill: a local personality, working in conjunction with the Trylon, will steal in to the theater while you wait, patiently, and put on… what? A lost classic you’ve never heard… Continue reading

Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys

First time director Lotfy Nathan takes to the streets of Baltimore in this documentary on the city’s infamous dirt bike gang, the 12 O’Clock Boys — a name referring to the position of their wheels as they pop wheelies. Made of of African American youth who see very few options… Continue reading

See Bears with Vic + Flo at the Trylon

In Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, our eponymous heroes are former convicts, freshly released from prison and in love with one another, who end up in the backwoods of Quebec. Of course, nothing will go exactly right, as old crimes and misdemeanors assert themselves while this poor couple is just… Continue reading