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reviewed Mukhbiitr. November 11, 2010
            Mukhbiir is not long enough.  It’s just over 2 hours long, does not stop for a standard bollywood type song/dance routine, but it is still …
reviewed Fida. November 05, 2010
   What follows in italics is my boilerplate for defining a certain type of Bollywood film; Fida fits this category.  If you have read other reviews that start with this, then skip past.   …
reviewed Antibodies. October 13, 2010
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Christian Alvart’s Antibodies (German title Antikorper) is a film full of potential, containing stunning camera work but destroys itself with the weight of its over-laden and super-obvious imagery.   …
reviewed Army of Shadows - Criterion Collectio.... October 13, 2010
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Army of Shadows - Criterion Collection (1969)
The Army of Shadows (released in 1969, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville) is, off the top of my current head, unique. The film’s engine is a plot that relies on the audience knowing a good amount …
reviewed 13 Tzameti. October 13, 2010
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13 Tzameti
This is the quote from the Netflix sleeve for the film 13 Tzameti: “Sébastien uncharacteristically throws caution to the wind when he decides to follow a set of instructions intended for …
reviewed The Pillow Book. October 06, 2010
The Pillow Book (1996)
Peter Greenaway can never be accused of making movies.  He is resolutely a maker of art films for so-called “art house” theaters.      Since movies are foremost a …
reviewed The Lives of Others. October 06, 2010
The Lives of Others
   Auteur Florian Henckle von Donnersmarck created The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen). Surveillance plays a huge role in this film weighing in at a bit over 2 hours. From time to time, …
reviewed Medea. March 17, 2010
Pros: Very careful directing, story, economy of imagery      Cons: It will be too slow and contemplative for too many, and it is disturbing      The Bottom Line: …
reviewed Element of Crime. March 17, 2010
Element of Crime
Pros: Setting      Cons: Everything but setting      The Bottom Line: YAWN, find any other von Trier film and watch it twice. Then you can say that, by count, you …
reviewed Ben X. March 30, 2009
Ben X
Pros: Narration, pace, music, acting, plot      Cons: Emotional scenes are omni-present and may cause problems for some.      The Bottom Line: I keep repeating …
reviewed The Orphanage. December 03, 2008
The Orphanage
Pros: Acting, plot, pacing, art direction, cinematography      Cons: Some of the imagery is heavy handed and only a little heavy handed      The Bottom Line: …
reviewed La Vie En Rose. July 01, 2008
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La Vie En Rose
Pros: Marion Cotillard's performance      Cons: The narrative was too fractured and random to bother trying to piece back together      The Bottom Line: Without …
reviewed Night Watch. June 16, 2008
Night Watch
Pros: Visually stunning, generally engaging plot      Cons: Requires close attention, story sometimes difficult to follow      The Bottom Line: First of a trilogy, …
reviewed The Battle of Algiers. May 28, 2008
The Battle of Algiers
Pros: Presentation, pacing, a narrative that can be timeless      Cons: Nothing comes to mind      The Bottom Line: The film is about an occupying force and the …
reviewed Hunger. March 29, 2008
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Pros: Just the quality of the film, not what it shows      Cons: Pick up a handful of rocks and start throwing      The Bottom Line: Simply bad.      …
reviewed After the Wedding (2007 movie). January 27, 2008
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After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet)
Pros: Decent story, decent acting      Cons: Pacing is way off and a major subplot is essentially thrown aside      The Bottom Line: I've seen better and worse. …
reviewed Vitus. January 20, 2008
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Pros: Solid acting by both versions of the title character, story in general.      Cons: The specifics of the story fall flat more than not, pacing is weak.      …
reviewed The Lives of Others. January 11, 2008
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The Lives of Others
Pros: Brilliant story, brilliant way of telling it      Cons: Might be too slow and subtle for a casual viewer      The Bottom Line: 30 words aren't enough. …
reviewed Spetters. January 02, 2008
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Pros: Nothing comes to mind      Cons: Is not what it advertises. Buddy film, sure coming of age, no      The Bottom Line: I can think of nothing at all to recommend …
reviewed Nightwatch. December 24, 2007
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Pros: See the title of this essay      Cons: Predictable, really silly and bad ending      The Bottom Line: I liked it despite itself (sorry for the circularity). …
reviewed The Wind That Shakes the Barley. September 13, 2007
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Pros: Decent acting      Cons: Everything else      The Bottom Line: I will reiterate the last line in the review: Finally I just didn't care.      …
reviewed The Italian (2005 movie). August 14, 2007
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Pros: Best performance by a child actor I've seen since Billy Elliot      Cons: nothing      The Bottom Line: Even for someone who doesn't like subtitles …
reviewed Landscape After Battle. July 20, 2007
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Landscape After Battle
Pros: Story, narrative, music, pretty much everything      Cons: Nothing comes to mind      The Bottom Line: Fatelessness showed a side of the Holocaust that seems …
reviewed In Desert and Wilderness. July 06, 2007
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In Desert and Wilderness
Pros: Acting, story, scenery, symbolism      Cons: Nothing at all      The Bottom Line: If for nothing else, this film is worth the time just to watch the interaction …
reviewed You Are Not Alone (1978 movie). June 22, 2007
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You Are Not Alone (1978)
Pros: Acting, story, music      Cons: The end is a little abrupt      The Bottom Line: This is a gay teen love story to be blunt. If this doesn't offend you, …
reviewed Devil's Backbone. May 27, 2007
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The Devil's Backbone
Pros: Acting, special effects, mood      Cons: The story.      The Bottom Line: Too simplistic a tale for the tools used to tell it. Recommended with heavy reservations.   …
reviewed Pretty Boy. August 31, 2006
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Pretty Boy
Pros: Nothing      Cons: Every single frame      The Bottom Line: There is no reason for anyone to watch this; there was no reason to make it.      …
reviewed For a Lost Soldier. August 11, 2006
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For a Lost Soldier
Pros: Performances, tenderness of the theme, peacefully bucolic      Cons: Adult/teen sexuality may be disturbing for some, emotionally incomplete storyline      …
reviewed Come Undone. May 05, 2006
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Come Undone
Pros: Acting quality of main characters, mature use of nudity      Cons: Everything else      The Bottom Line: Poorly edited coming of age film.      …
reviewed Kontroll. May 04, 2006
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Pros: Music, cinematography, acting, characters     Cons: Mystery plot not much of a mystery     The Bottom Line: Don't view this as a thriller but as a mood piece …
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