2003… Another year devoid of almost anything worth talking about. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t watching much of anything around this time and some of the more obscure flicks missed me but man, this little period really was pretty terrible. Considering the terrible remakes (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), nonsense sequels that should have been dope AF, (Freddy v Jason), and a terrible Stetphen King adaptation, (looking at you Dreamcatcher), it’s a wonder anything managed to make an impact at all. And no, House of the Dead does not count. Not only is it a terrible excuse for a video game movie, and a terrible excuse for a zombie movie, it may very well be the absolute worst movie ever made. Without hyperbole, this is a gigantic, steaming pile of shit. It’s not even worth a hate watch.
Something that is worth watching however is the Japanese film Battlefield Baseball. Now admittedly, this is a stupid movie. The concept, if one could call it that, is ostensibly about the relative silliness of high school sports and the danger we put our kids in when we place such a high emphasis on the outcomes of matches played by teenagers. how this message is delivered however, is another thing entirely. Seido High School finally achieves the dream of their principal and is invited to play in the prestigious Koshien Stadium Tournament. The only problem is that their opponents are Gedo High School. And Gedo doesn’t play baseball, they play Fighting Baseball. Where they murder their opponents. And are zombies. If you can imagine it gets weirder from there. There’s a musical number… Based on a manga of the same name, this movie is all types of crazy and a damn good time. Not the easiest thing to find back in the day, it is much more accessible now and the world is a better place for it.