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reviewed Outrage (Japanese film). August 05, 2013
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There will always be an expected form of ‘hype’ whenever Asian cinema fans got wind of a film directed, written and acted by Takeshi “Beat” Kitano. From his yakuza epic, “Sonatine” …
reviewed The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film). July 29, 2013
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The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film)
   Period actioners can be a very tough vehicle to sell, especially when they’re loaded with characters.  Typically, the bigger the cast the longer the film has to be in order to …
reviewed Tai Chi Hero. July 29, 2013
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Tai Chi Hero
I wasn’t too fond of Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi Zero” and so I was very reluctant to continue on with this trilogy with his “Tai Chi Hero”. Honestly, I barely even remember …
reviewed Ip Man: The Final Fight. July 28, 2013
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Ip Man: The Final Fight
Lately, Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man has been on the receiving end of many attempts to portray his life to the big screen. The Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen "Ip Man" collaboration brought superficial, …
reviewed New World (Korean film). July 18, 2013
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New World
   I have a long love affair with gangster pictures that stretches back a few decades.  American cinema enthusiasts may think differently, but, for me, there’s no better traditional …
reviewed The Tower (Korean film). July 08, 2013
The Tower (Korean film)
   In some corners, I can’t offer enough praise for the films coming out of South Korea.  It used to be – back when I just started exploring their flicks – they had the …
reviewed The Tower (Korean film). July 05, 2013
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The Tower (Korean film)
I wasn’t too impressed with the monster flick “Sector 7”, but I guess I was curious how director Kim Ji-Hoon would fare in a disaster movie. “The Tower” is a film that has …
reviewed Tai Chi Hero. July 01, 2013
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Tai Chi Hero
   Unlike many other critics I know and correspond with, I tend to struggle with traditional martial arts movies.  It isn’t that I don’t like or I don’t find them particularly …
reviewed Bend It Like Beckham. June 29, 2013
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Bend It Like Beckham
Bend it Like Beckham is a British comedy flick about a talented girl named Jesminder (aka Jess) who loves to play soccer and has one really big problem: her rigid Punjabi Sikh family wants her to settle …
reviewed Hot Fuzz (2007). June 05, 2013
Hot Fuzz (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
   Simon Pegg plays a London police officer who is too good at his job. After making the other London police officers look bad, his boss decides to send him to a small town in the country side, …
reviewed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie). June 04, 2013
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
It's always hard to hear that when an American company is adapting a foreign film.  The general opinion is that it will often suck.  David Fincher's adaption though two years after this …
reviewed Shaun of the Dead. June 03, 2013
Shaun of the Dead
I must have watched this film 100 times now, the more you watch it, the funnier it gets. Full of subtle human and not for the fainr of heart, its a film you definately have to sit down and pay attention …
reviewed Woochi: The Demon Slayer (Korean film). April 15, 2013
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Woochi: The Demon Slayer (2009)
There are Asian films that do not surprise me at all as to why and how they became so successful in their native country. However, there are those that do make me wonder why they became successful in …
reviewed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. April 14, 2013
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Every bone in my body is telling me “Jonathan, this is a romance, it’s a time traveling romance filled with plot holes, love triangles, and more teenee gooy romance then you can handle.” …
reviewed Rurouni Kenshin (Live Action film). April 09, 2013
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Rurouni Kenshin (Live action)
Being a fan of the anime series and the film “Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal”, I was ecstatic to learn that a live-action adaptation of “Rurouni Kenshin” became one of Japan’s …
reviewed Sword of Desperation. December 31, 2012
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Sword of Desperation
It has been awhile since I have had the privilege to watch a more modern Bushido tale that truly has the spirit of the genre that Kurosawa and Kobayashi had defined in their ‘classics’. …
reviewed The Intouchables. September 06, 2012
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The Intouchables
Written and directed by  Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano   Starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy      This beautiful movie had the audience standing to cheer at the …
reviewed The Horde (La Horde, 2009). August 17, 2012
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The Horde (La Horde, 2009)
**1/2 out of ****    If you like your zombies served fast and your action served with a side-dish of brutality; then the French zombie-action film "The Horde" is likely to be your …
reviewed Dead Alive. August 17, 2012
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Dead Alive (Unrated) (Sp) (1993)
**** out of ****    I love blood. I love guts. I love gore. I love anything (artificial) that flows in large amounts, even if we aren't speaking of bodily fluids. But if we are, then …
reviewed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie). August 02, 2012
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
For the last two years or so, there's been a pretty large phenomenon relating to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I've consistently heard good things about the books and Swedish films, and fairly …
reviewed Diary of a Country Priest. July 22, 2012
Diary of a Country Priest
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) – Robert Bresson's story of a young and inexperienced priest trying to serve God and the villagers of Ambricourt could easily be called, by a smart ass, Diary …
reviewed The Artist. June 27, 2012
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The Artist
As the story opens, it is 1929, and we meet George Valentin, a dashing matinée idol who thrills his fans with his silent movies. He meets a star-struck young lady named Peppy and helps her get …
reviewed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. June 19, 2012
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Time travel movies can be a little challenging for filmmakers to execute. Most films usually spend a considerable amount of time trying to establish its groundwork, and by then, the whole time stream …
reviewed The Wages of Fear. June 08, 2012
The Wages of Fear
         Imagine going to see a movie with someone on what might be a first date. The uncertainty about whether this is anything more than two new friends getting together …
reviewed Kitchen Stories. May 13, 2012
Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Stories, a Norwegion/Swedish co-production, starts out as a dry, deadpan comedy of differences and ends as a dry, deadpan comedy of friendships.      Sweden's Home Research …
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