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reviewed The Bride Wore Black. June 16, 2011
The Bride Wore Black
Truffaut said The Bride Wore Black was his homage to Hitchcock. A great homage it is, with that Bernard Herrmann score, murderous psychological ambiguity, bad things happening on warm, sunlit days and …
posted a Quick Tip about Thirst (Bakjwi). May 27, 2011
Thirst
Thirst is at once an interesting film. From the standpoint of a vampire historian, the film manages to go places and try things that haven't been attempted in vampire films before. At times gruesome, …
posted a Quick Tip about Thirst (Bakjwi). May 14, 2011
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Thirst
After Park Can-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy, the acclaimed Korean director goes forth with a harrowing fable about vampirism and the life of a priest who gets turned into one of the undead.   …
reviewed The Secret in their Eyes. October 10, 2010
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The Secret in their Eyes
Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darín), a retired detective in Buenos Aires, is haunted by a shocking murder case he worked on twenty-five years ago. He decides to write a novel about it and returns …
reviewed Woman is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun.... July 20, 2010
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Woman is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda)
Hong Sang-Soo is a film professor turned director. I have seen only 2 of his films, "Virgin stripped bare by her Bachelors" and this one; "WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN" (2004). The director …
reviewed Thirst (Bakjwi). June 24, 2010
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Thirst
Favorite Movie Quote: "Ravage my body sworn to chastity leave me with no pride, and have me live in shame."      Should the name Chan-wook Park sound relatively familiar, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Ice Rink. May 01, 2010
The Ice Rink
Bruce Campbell fans aren't going to get their money's worth here, but lovers of foreign films might.
posted a Quick Tip about Darna Mana Hai. May 01, 2010
Darna Mana Hai
Tepid, almost sanitary horror flick that you've pretty much seen before. Only a couple of cultural twists.
reviewed 14 BLADES. April 23, 2010
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14 BLADES
   Daniel Lee is a very commercial Hong Kong director. I was real disappointed with the abysmal Dragon Squad (Dragon Heat in the U.S.) but he seemed to at least have gotten his footing with …
reviewed The Secret in their Eyes. April 21, 2010
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The Secret in their Eyes
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS)   Written and Directed by Juan Jose Campanella      If in fact the secret is truly in their eyes, as is announced like some …
posted a Quick Tip about Na Cha the Great. February 15, 2010
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Na Cha the Great
Old School Shaw Brothers martial arts flick based on a character from Chinese mythology--one of my favorite Fu Sheng flix.
posted a Quick Tip about Om Shanti Om. February 15, 2010
Om Shanti Om
Fun filled Bollywood song and dance film about love, murder, reincarnation, revenge, and of course, love. Shah Ruhk Khan stars.
reviewed Gomorrah. November 25, 2009
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Gomorrah
   The polished portrayal and slight glorification of the workings of the criminal underworld has been dramatized in movies such as “The Godfather” and in the hit HBO smash “The …
posted a Quick Tip about Thirst (Bakjwi). November 19, 2009
Thirst
So far, this one is making my list for top 10 films of 2009 to see although 2009 isn't over yet.
reviewed Wings of Desire. November 09, 2009
Wings of Desire
                Winner of the best director award in the Cannes film festival, the 1987 German film “WINGS OF DESIRE” (original …
reviewed Thirst (Bakjwi). October 30, 2009
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Thirst
Sang-Hyun, a Roman Catholic priest, develops urgent cravings after he selflessly volunteers to be guinea pig in a dangerous medical experiment. He resists at first, but thirst has a way of overcoming …
reviewed NIGHT OF DEATH. October 29, 2009
I wanted to see how French horror was in the 1980’s so I decided to give Raphael Delpard’s “NIGHT OF DEATH”  (aka. Lanuit Dela Mort, 1980) a try. The movie isn’t going …
reviewed The Show Must Go On (movie). October 01, 2009
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Dvd Poster
      THE SHOW MUST GO ON (a.k.a. Uahan Segye) was a blockbuster hit in South Korea; with its inimitable cast led by Kang-Ho Song (Thirst, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) with direction …
reviewed Darna Mana Hai. September 23, 2009
Darna Mana Hai
      As a lifelong horror fan and a recent convert to the wonderful world of Bollywood, I was looking forward to sampling the exotic world of Bollywood horror. Would it draw …
reviewed Goyokin. September 15, 2009
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Goyokin
   “Standing By and Turning a Blind Eye to Evil is akin to committing the Sin Itself..”     GOYOKIN (1969) is the second film by Hideo Gosha, the director also responsible …
reviewed SWORD IN THE MOON. September 13, 2009
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DVD release by Tai Seng (U.S.)
        SWORD IN THE MOON (2003) is among South Korea's earliest forays in the Wuxia-Fantasy-Swordplay genre. The film is directed by Ui Seok Kim and has very nice cinematography, …
reviewed The Ice Rink. September 09, 2009
The Ice Rink
   Okay, let's face facts here, if you don't NORMALLY watch French films and you're only renting this flick because you're a Bruce Campbell fan, I can pretty much guarantee you're going to hate …
reviewed STRANGE CIRCUS. August 31, 2009
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dvd
                  I am not one to shy away from any sort of film. I guess I have this twisted curiosity that drives me to see even …
reviewed Silk (2006 movie). August 30, 2009
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SILK
   Since the U.S. has marked Chao Bin Su’s “SILK” (a.k.a. Gui Si, 2006) for remake hell in 2010, I figured I may as well review the original Taiwanese-Japanese made horror …
reviewed Violent Cop. August 19, 2009
Movie poster
Violent Cop is a film about a shady and brutal Japanese Police Inspector who's always at odds with his bosses and colleagues. One day he's assigned a new idealistic partner who's shocked out Kitano's …
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