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reviewed Samurai Spy. February 16, 2012
Samurai Spy
To enjoy Samurai Spy you'll find three things are helpful. First, some knowledge of Japanese history. Second, the ability to keep straight a lot of Japanese names, some of which sound alike to …
reviewed Adrift (Choi Voi). February 13, 2012
Adrift (Choi Voi)
One of the many reasons that causes me to like more foreign films than American films is that foreign films are made without the added ‘creative interest’ of the American studio system.  …
reviewed Vasermil. February 08, 2012
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   (special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!) Israel is, this movie reminds us, something of a melting pot. We have three young male characters we follow through this …
reviewed Demons 2. January 28, 2012
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Demons 2
** out of ****    In Lamberto Bava's "Demons", a private showing of a never-before-seen horror film at a city theater called "The Metropol" meant death for all those who attended the …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. December 10, 2011
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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Seeing as the American remake of the international blockbuster “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is in the horizon, I figured I should finish my coverage for the films based on Stieg Larsson’s …
posted a Quick Tip about Oldboy. November 26, 2011
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Park Chan Wook's 2nd film in the Vengeance trilogy is one of the best films ever conceived, in Korea, and anywhere else in the world. Truly a gripping, riveting, contemporary classic that won numerous …
reviewed Amelie. November 13, 2011
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**** out of ****     "Amelie" is a brilliant work of cinema that contains one of the most delightful and instantly endearing heroines ever put on film. Written and directed by the …
reviewed Le Quattro Volte. November 13, 2011
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Le Quattro Volte
**** out of ****     In a world where most big studio/big name feature films are loud, violent, and boring; "Le Quattro Volte" is a sort of miracle that arrives without warning and …
reviewed Demons (Demoni). October 02, 2011
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Demons (Demoni)
**** out of ****     Lamberto Bava's "Demons", also known as "Demoni" in its native land, is pure cinematic fun. To most, it isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, …
reviewed Eden Lake. September 10, 2011
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*** out of ****     "Eden Lake", like "Saw", "Deliverance", and many others before it; is marketed and consistently labeled as a horror film, but feels more like a thriller than a …
reviewed 13 Assassins. August 22, 2011
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13 Assassins
**** out of ****     You can't have an epic battle sequence accounting for more than twenty minutes of a film's running-time if you don't have believable characters built up and a …
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 Vampyr. August 12, 2011
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**** out of ****     Real horror films get under your skin without asking, but in a way that you, in a way, sort of want them to. "Vampyr" is one of those horror movies that scares …
reviewed The Baader Meinhof Complex. July 14, 2011
Based on the authoritative biographical text by Stefan Aust, this fourth collaboration from Uli Edel and Bernd Eichinger (of Christiane F. fame) examines the Red Army Faction's eventful first decade. …
reviewed Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. July 13, 2011
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Based on the third novel of Hideyuki Kikuchi's popular series, this film evokes the milieu of its source material with greater accuracy than Toyoo Ashida's 1985 adaptation of the first novel. …
reviewed Zombie. July 13, 2011
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*** out of ****     I'm always willing to give a film a second chance unless I really, really hated it. I didn't really, really hate Lucio Fulci's "Zombie", so I decided to watch it …
posted a Quick Tip about Lady Vengeance. July 05, 2011
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Lady Vengeance
Of Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy, this is my least favorite entry. The film is full of the expected twists and turns that are common in his films, but somehow this one didn't have the dark, …
reviewed RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne. July 04, 2011
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RIN Daughters of Mnemosyne
I first read about Rin back in late January/February of 2010, shortly after spending a handsome amount of money on other anime titles. After reading about the plot and its content, I was really mad at …
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 …
reviewed 13 Assassins. June 29, 2011
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13 Assassins
15 - 141mins - Action/Adventure/Drama - 6th May 2011   Being the film buff that I like to pretend I am, I am still yet to see Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai- a work that has supposedly spawned …
reviewed The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan). June 28, 2011
Virgin Spring
It's hardly one of Bergman's best films, but The Virgin Spring is nonetheless magnificent. Bergman has made a variety of attractive films, but few feature such beautiful scenery and exacting composition …
reviewed Bad Education. June 16, 2011
Bad Education (Original Uncut NC-17 Edition)
Paradoxically, this is one of Almodóvar's most inventive and attractive films, despite being perhaps his least profound. Throughout most of the story, both presented fact and contrived fiction …
reviewed Adrift (A Deriva). June 14, 2011
Adrift (A Deriva)
ADRIFT (À Deriva) is a reflection of the eponymous certain summer every young teenager experiences. By setting this story of discovery - of parental flaws and infidelities as well as the coming into flower …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. June 12, 2011
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson's world-wide best-seller third volume in his trilogy about Lisbeth Salander is undoubtedly far better than the film based on it. This generally happens with movies based on novel, because …
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