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posted a Quick Tip about Departures (Okuribito). November 08, 2011
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Departures (Okuribito)
Yojiro Takita's winner of best foreign film in the Academy awards. The Japanese really know how to make a film with such a depressing theme into something uplifting and yet, heart-breaking.   …
reviewed The Counterfeiters. August 17, 2011
The Counterfeiters
The Counterfeiters tells the story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a professional criminal, a master counterfeiter and a Jew. He winds up in a brutal Nazi labor camp because of all three.   …
reviewed The Lives of Others. July 01, 2011
The Lives of Others
"Did you know that there are just five types of artists? Your guy, Dreyman, is a Type 4, a 'hysterical anthropocentrist.' Can't bear being alone, always talking, needing friends. That …
reviewed The Lives of Others. June 30, 2011
The Lives of Others
Donnersmarck's first feature is a film that should have been made years before: a critical, dramatic depiction of East German governmental repression from a personal perspective. The exhaustive research …
posted a Quick Tip about The Counterfeiters. November 04, 2010
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The Counterfeiters
I tried a dozen times to review the film but could not find the right words. It has most of the tension of a prison movie but not as much tension as a standard holocaust story. But what is most difficult …
reviewed Nowhere in Africa. October 12, 2010
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Nowhere in Africa
The story opens in 1938, as Jews Jettel and her daughter Regina are preparing to escape Germany and join her husband who has found work in Kenya. Life on a poor farm in the bush is a shock to the spoiled …
posted a Quick Tip about Life Is Beautiful. October 07, 2010
Life Is Beautiful
The way the camp life is handled in this film is repulsive. I think there might be ways to inject some humor, but the Buster Keaton manner was disgusting.
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, …
posted a Quick Tip about Departures (Okuribito). August 20, 2010
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Departures (Okuribito)
It was slow and humorous in the beginning, however, it turns out to be a powerful and moving experience. For those with an open mind... and if you haven't got one, try it, you might find that you're not …
reviewed Departures (Okuribito). August 20, 2010
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Departures (Okuribito)
It took me 3 seatings to finish this movie. And, it's not because it's boring. It's because I was neither ready nor had time to see it. In short, it spanned almost 2+ years before I was truly …
posted a Quick Tip about Life Is Beautiful. July 14, 2010
Life Is Beautiful
This film makes you laugh while showing a sad time in Italian history.
posted a Quick Tip about Departures (Okuribito). July 14, 2010
Departures (Okuribito)
A musician learns about himself after taking a job as an encoffiner.
reviewed Departures (Okuribito). June 23, 2010
Departures (Okuribito)
Let's not dance around words like "thought provoking" "insightful", "existential" - Okuribito isn't your typical arty-farty movie with beautiful scenes, cryptic …
reviewed Tsotsi. April 19, 2010
Tsotsi
Winner of the 2005 Best Foreign Language film award in the Oscars, writer/director Gavin Hood’s “TSOTSI” is about a thug (Tsotsi means exactly that in its local dialect) who is seemingly …
posted a Quick Tip about Life Is Beautiful. March 29, 2010
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Life Is Beautiful
Realistic life story that will make you laugh and cry! Great to see this masterpiece with older children.
posted a Quick Tip about Tsotsi. March 11, 2010
Tsotsi
Powerful, compelling portrayal of a slice of real life.
reviewed Tsotsi. March 07, 2010
Tsotsi
I rented and watched "Tsotsi" because I had just read the novel. I read the novel because I had just seen a stage production of a play by Athol Fugard. I suppose that, if and when a TV series depicting …
reviewed Chandni Chowk to China. September 26, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China
Did you ever see a movie that made your jaw drop?  A movie that was so stunningly bizarre that it was all you could do to keep your eyeballs in their sockets? Well that's what I was hoping …
reviewed The Lives of Others. September 03, 2009
The Lives of Others
A brilliant film about life in East Berlin, under the GDR, German Democratic Republic, before reunification. It reminds me of my time in Poland and East Berlin before the Wall fell. Love the dated fashion. …
reviewed Departures (Okuribito). August 03, 2009
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Departures (Okuribito)
         Japanese films have always had the remarkable reputation of turning the simplest premise into something so full of moving emotions and sensibilities. Yojiro Takita’s …
reviewed Indochine. June 08, 2009
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Catherine Denuve has always been my favorite actress. And this film is the biggest reason why.     Set in French occupied IndoChina in the 1930's the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful, …
reviewed Evil. May 02, 2009
Evil
EVIL has been called "the first Greek zombie movie". Well whether it is or not  it's certainly the first one to get any kind of exposure in the U.S., but opinion seems to be divided …
reviewed Indochine. December 11, 2008
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If you're going to watch Indochine, get ready to buy some Kleenex beforehand. This is the ultimate love story, set against a backdrop of war and revolution.     Indochine tells the …
reviewed The Lives of Others. June 03, 2008
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The Lives of Others
American college campuses overflow with devotees of Communism. The media are loaded with people who think Che Guevera was a hero and that the United States was wrong for resisting Communism.'     …
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. …
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