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reviewed KILL !. April 16, 2009
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Inspired by Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro", director Kihachi Okamoto's (Sword of Doom) "KILL!" (aka. Kiru, 1968) is a pitch-black comedy with an atmosphere and tone that has a lot in common with …
reviewed TimeCrimes. February 28, 2010
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   I love movies about time travel and among my favorites are Cameron’s “Terminator” franchise, “Back To the Future”, “Frequency”, “Time Cop” …
reviewed Shaun of the Dead. May 23, 2008
Shaun of the Dead
Like a true American, I think everything is better with a British accent, and this zombie spoof is no exception.  I'm not sure it would be as funny if it were American-made, but that's rather besides …
reviewed The Baader Meinhof Complex. December 13, 2009
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   Germany's Official submission to the Academy Awards; this film was nominated for the best foreign language film awards in the 81st Oscars. Director Uli Edel’s “BAADER …
reviewed My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski. January 28, 2009
My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
MY BEST FIEND is director Werner Herzog's love letter to his longtime star Klaus Kinski. Herzog and Kinski were two distinctly different personalities who often clashed  but when they came together …
reviewed In the Realm of the Senses. May 05, 2009
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In the Realm of the Senses
What is the difference between arthouse & porn? Where do we draw the line? When have we seen too much or when could graphic cinema become too extreme even for the liberal viewer?      …
reviewed Fanny & Alexander. August 27, 2009
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Fanny & Alexander
Currently, there are two editions of Bergman's unforgettable classic on DVD released by Criterion.  The theatrical version ($29.95) is the Academy Award winning 188-minute version which most of us …
reviewed Cries and Whispers. December 05, 2009
Cries and Whispers
   Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's “CRIES AND WHISPERS” is among the few foreign language films that was nominated for the best picture academy award and on that same year …
reviewed Mongol. February 26, 2010
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   There have been many attempts to bring the life of Genghis Khan to the big screen. MONGOL (2007) is another attempt by director Sergei Bodrow, and has earned itself an academy award nomination. …
reviewed The Host. October 31, 2008
The Host
I'm sure there are many fans of the Asian film art that will disagree with me, but this film made little sense. It skipped from here to there with little connection between scenes. It was hard to …
reviewed Takva: A Man's Fear of God. March 31, 2010
Takvaa: MAN'S FEAR of GOD
   It is quite curious that a film about a certain religious sect would be directed by Ozer Kilitan, someone who has declared that he is a man who doesn’t believe in God. This little detail …
reviewed Spirited Away. June 05, 2008
Spirited Away
This film is enjoyable at face value for its sheer imagination but it also makes you think, which is a considerable point in its favor, particularly when compared to some of the mindless drivel which …
reviewed The Nest. July 04, 2010
The Nest
I’ve developed an admiration for French filmmaking. I have to say when it comes to horror, they tend to push the envelope way past the trappings of Hollywood horror and they match Japanese cinema’s …
reviewed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie). July 16, 2010
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
I have to say that Sweden is beginning to have a great reputation in adapting books into the silver screen. Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev helms “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (“Man …
reviewed Aftershock. August 05, 2010
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It is interesting how themes in a movie are used repeatedly. It is however astonishing to find two similar themes appearing one after another, within the span of a few hours, in two very different kinds …
reviewed Centurion. August 30, 2010
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The name Neil Marshall is enough to draw me in seeing a film since I was real impressed with “Dog Soldiers” and I liked “The Descent” for its "girls who fight back" overtones; …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. October 29, 2010
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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST   Written by Jonas Frykberg   Directed by Daniel Alfredson   Starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist       …
reviewed Black Rain a.k.a. Kuroi Ame (Japanese.... November 01, 2010
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Black Rain
Back in 1989, two movies entitled “Black Rain” were released. One film was the insignificant Hollywood blockbuster starring Michael Douglas while the other was the art house Japanese film …
reviewed Last Life in the Universe. November 30, 2010
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Last Life in the Universe
Way back when, I was an action-fantasy-sci-fi kinda movie fan, then I decided to explore other realms of cinema that really grabbed my attention. Back in 2003 or 2004, "Last Life in the Universe" …
reviewed Robo-Geisha. December 01, 2010
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Let’s get a few things straight; if you’re the type of movie watcher who likes to see boatloads of blood and enjoys outrageous scenes that make you say “what the $H!+ was that?!” …
reviewed Ocean Heaven. December 07, 2010
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Ocean Heaven
After the successful release of “Fearless”, Jet Li had announced that it would be his last martial arts film. A year or two after, Li won the best actor award for his performance in “The …
reviewed Cronos (The Criterion Collection Spec.... December 15, 2010
Cronos (The Criterion Collection edition DVD and Blu-ray)
Mainstream movie fans would know Guillermo Del Toro from his work with the underrated “Mimic”, the simple and yet affecting “The Devil’s Backbone”, comic-book adaptations …
reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, t.... December 19, 2010
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
I was never really into the Chronicles of Narnia books as a kid, but when this came out back in 2005, I was genuinely excited to see it. Boy, was I not disappointed. Not only do the special effects work, …
reviewed The Horde (La Horde, 2009). December 28, 2010
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The Horde (La Horde, 2009)
For the past 5-8 years, French filmmakers have been kicking Hollywood’s butt when it comes to horror films. Films such as “Martyrs”, “Inside” and “High Tension” …
reviewed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. December 31, 2010
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
**** out of ****      "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a beautiful film, and there is virtually no other way to describe it. Never has a modern biopic depicted such …
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