Tuesday, 03 January 2006
I made a mistake calculating which actors I saw the most of in 2005. I watched 7 of the Sherlock Holmes movies which star Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. This means that Basil Rathbone deserves to be in the runners up category, with 7 movies to his credit.
Nigel Bruce, on the other hand, is tied with Robert Mitchum at 9 movies, as he was in The Two Mrs. Carrolls (with Barbara Stanwyck) and Lassie Come Home in addition to the Holmes movies.
A few years ago I saw a Japanese movie called Bayside Shakedown. It was spin-off from a Japanese television show which apparently was hugely popular in Japan. It was about the cops at a small Tokyo police precinct. The movie was funny, exciting and touching and its plot hinged on a reference to Akira Kurosawa's High and Low, one of my favorite movies.
I found English-subtitled copies of the TV show on ebay and watched and enjoyed those, too. In 2005 I saw Bayside Shakedown 2. This started out really well, with three promising parallel plots — vampire, pickpockets, sadistic avengers — but lost steam near the end. There wasn't enough fresh material and too many reprises of scenes from the first movie and the TV series.
Then I found out that they've been making spin-off movies about individual characters from the show. With some trepidation I ordered the DVD of Negotiator Mashita Masayoshi from CD Japan. I'm pleased to report that this movie is more satisfying than the first Bayside Shakedown sequel.
The plot concerns a mysterious terrorist who has taken control of a new computerized subway train and is using it to wreak havoc in the Tokyo subway. The villain seems to have a special grudge against Mashita Masayoshi, head of the new negotiation unit of the Metropolitan Police Department. Whoever is controlling the train has also set a series of bombs to explode, each one more powerful and destructive than the last.
Hi, Mr. Dorgon! How's the weather? Mr. Dorgon has a new CD out that's really great, one of his best. Ambient nightmares is the phrase that came to my mind. It's Mr Dorgon vs Greg Kelley: "Three Occasions". It should be available at his site, if not now, then soon. Buy it!