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reviewed Mud (2013 film). September 04, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
While there are movies whose strength comes from the originality and the way it brings power to its narrative, there are some whose beauty lies in its simplicity and the way the story is told. Such a …
reviewed Getaway (2013 film). September 01, 2013
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Getaway (2013 film)
Remember the good ole’ 80’s up till to the early 90’s? Action films were often seen as ‘escapist entertainment’; meaning that such films had a paper thin plot, and the spectacle …
reviewed Naked On the Bench: My Adventures in .... August 31, 2013
Naked On the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland by Robin Spielberg
Naked On the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland   Robin Spielberg   2013 / Spobs Music   367 pages      Naked On the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland …
reviewed Prowler in the Yard. August 30, 2013
posted in Music Matters
Prowler in the Yard
First of all, I'm NOT one of these close-minded people who thinks grindcore is just a bunch of "mindless stupid noise." In fact, I love many of the pioneering grindcore bands and the occasional …
reviewed Trance (2013 film). August 22, 2013
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Trance (2013 film)
Director Danny Boyle has quite an impressive resume. Critically acclaimed films such as “Trainspotting”, “28 Days Later”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Shallow Grave” …
reviewed Kick-Ass 2 (2013 film). August 17, 2013
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Kick-Ass 2
The comic book mini-series “Kick Ass” became a phenomena because of the way it managed to create a tale of anti-heroes, as to how fantasy and reality often do not coincide, and how loneliness …
reviewed Black Lagoon - Season One. August 15, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
Black Lagoon
                                When it comes to action-oriented …
reviewed Kick-Ass 2 (2013 film). August 15, 2013
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Kick-Ass 2
Kick Ass 2 will probably disappoint a lot of people who, like me, loved the original to one degree or another. There are just too many flaws in this film to not, at some point, feel a little jilted. There …
reviewed The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 film). August 12, 2013
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The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 film)
One time I was asked why there were times that I would like a movie with such a simple story and yet I would enjoy it more than a movie that tries to be a little more surprising. I guess it is because …
reviewed Elysium (2013 film). August 10, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
Writer/director Neil Blomkamp impressed me with his first full-length 2009 film “District 9”, I thought it was a good interpretation of just how an “Alien Nation” would affect …
reviewed Elysium (2013 film). August 06, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
By Joan Alperin Schwartz      Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of the critically acclaimed, 'District 9', once again brings us a thought-provoking, sci-fi, fantasy, action …
reviewed Outrage (Japanese film). August 05, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
Outrage
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 Byzantium (2013 film). August 04, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Byzantium (2013 film)
Vampires have become one of the most versatile tools in story-telling. From horror, to action, fantasy and science fiction, these blood-sucking creatures have endured to become one of the most intriguing …
reviewed After Earth (2013 film). August 01, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
After Earth
The story begins when General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns home to care for his 13 year old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). An asteroid storm damages Kitai's craft necessitating a crash landing …
reviewed Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013 film). July 31, 2013
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Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013 film)
Rented this movie over the weekend and it put me to sleep. James Franco is a charleton working in a traveling circus as a magician. He is more interested in giving music boxes to his female assistants …
reviewed Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. July 31, 2013
Jusitce League: Flashpoint Paradox
....and Have the Wisdom to Know the Difference.       Sometimes I feel glad that I watch a movie with my glass half full. I did not read the comic crossover series “Flashpoint” …
reviewed The Guillotines (2012 Chinese film). July 29, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
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 RED 2 (2013 film). July 29, 2013
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Red 2 (2013 film)
The first RED movie out in 2010 was a great if tame action movie coming off of a summer glut of crazy films like The Expendables and Machete. This RED film is in the middle of summer and helping to buoy …
reviewed Tai Chi Hero. July 29, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
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
posted in ASIANatomy
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 The Wolverine (2013 film). July 28, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Wolverine (2013 film)
The X-Men movie franchise is arguably one of the more successful Marvel adaptations even for Brett Ratner’s hack-job “The Last Stand”. It spawned a reboot, a spin-off titled “X-Men …
reviewed The Wolverine (2013 film). July 26, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Wolverine (2013 film)
By Joan Alperin Schwartz     I really feel for The Wolverine, aka Logan (Hugh Jackman).  The poor guy can't die, doesn't have any cool people to hang out with, and he's …
reviewed Welcome to the Punch (2013 film). July 22, 2013
Welcome to the Punch (2013 film)
   Have you ever had one of those experiences where you were watching two pretty solid performances but you wished they had been brought together in a different film?  Undoubtedly you have …
reviewed RED 2 (2013 film). July 21, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Red 2 (2013 film)
Who said that I was so much of a comic book fan that I would never learn to truly appreciate an adaptation that only uses its characters with a different tempo from its source material? Well, I liked …
reviewed R.I.P.D. : Rest in Peace Department (.... July 20, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
R.I.P.D. (2013 film)
Comic books adaptations are all the rage these days, and even if Marvel and DC seems to have taken the lead, Dark Horse comics have gotten into the mix on occasion. Well, this weekend has two films that …
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