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reviewed The Illusionist (2010). June 09, 2011
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The Illusionist (2010)
**** out of ****     A good friend of mine claims that two-dimensional animation is a dying breed. Few people are skilled enough to make good, hand-drawn animation anymore. And few …
posted a Quick Tip about Oldboy. June 04, 2011
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When I look back on great psychological thrillers and great revenge stories there are a number of films that pop into mind... and this is now one of them.   Oldboy is a superbly complex revenge …
posted a Quick Tip about Raging Phoenix. June 04, 2011
Raging Phoenix
I really think Jeeja Yanin has better style and is more enjoyable to watch than Tony Jaa, Jaa is more of an action guy, where Jeeja just seems like she has a great style to her.  That being said, …
reviewed Oldboy. May 23, 2011
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**** out of ****     Few films go as in-depth into the concept of revenge as Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy" does. There are so many revenge films out there to the point where every one …
posted a Quick Tip about Lady Vengeance. May 16, 2011
Lady Vengeance
I felt like the entire first hour of this was skippable, as it was a pastiche of all kinds of genre conventions/Park trying to be Quentin Tarantino making "Kill Bill." But it gets interesting once she's …
reviewed 13 Assassins. May 16, 2011
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13 Assassins
Sometimes it is hard to get access to the San Francisco International Film Festival, but I made a supreme effort to do so since this year, it is including one of my favorite film genres. Those who know …
reviewed Requiem. May 14, 2011
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*** out of ****     "Requiem" is a rather ingenious and intelligently plotted little drama that also doubles as some sort of horror film. It starts and ends as a drama, yet it brings …
posted a Quick Tip about The Baader Meinhof Complex. May 12, 2011
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This was Germany's entry in the 81st academy awards. It is tough, gritty and a fast-paced thriller that covers the birth of the RAF movement. A knowledge of the true events may aid in the appreciation …
reviewed Le Deuxieme Souffle. May 08, 2011
Le Deuxieme Souffle
Nearly two-and-a-half hours is a long, long time in the movies, especially so when Jean-Pierre Melville is once more demonstrating his passion for hard boiled gangsters. With Le Deuxieme Souffle, it seems …
reviewed The Illusionist (2010). May 04, 2011
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The Illusionist (2010)
I absolutely loved Silvain Chomet’s 2003 film, “The Triplets of Belleville,”  so much so that I watched it twice in one evening.  It was such a beautiful mix of unusual animation, …
reviewed The Illusionist (2010). May 02, 2011
The Illusionist (2010)
The Illusionist is no How To Train Your Dragon, and it's definitely no Toy Story 3. However, it is a splendid piece of animation unto itself and a fine addition into the Best Animated Feature category …
reviewed Them (ILS). May 01, 2011
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Them (ILS)
***1/2 out of ****     "Them" is a smart film that hits all the right notes. It works as both an ingenious thriller and a riveting horror film. It plays with our love of fear, tension, …
reviewed The Wind That Shakes the Barley. April 18, 2011
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Ireland in the early Twenties exploded into armed rebellion against the British. In The Wind That Shakes the Barley, two brothers at first made opposite decisions. A group of Black and Tan British soldiers …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 14, 2011
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Slumdog Millionaire Movie poster
There is an underlying sweetness to Slumdog Millionaire which is belied by its overt brutality. This movie is a nasty, gritty and very realistic depiction of the slums, but in the end it proves to be …
reviewed A Bittersweet Life. April 11, 2011
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I knew I’d seen Byung-hun Lee before.  He starred as “Storm Shadow” in G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, and, with what little he was given in that tent-pole summer film from director …
posted a Quick Tip about Cronos (The Criterion Collection Spec.... April 08, 2011
Cronos (The Criterion Collection edition DVD and Blu-ray)
Guillermo del Toro's first and arguably best film (along with Pan's Labyrinth). Cronos is a strange fantasy-horror hybrid that tells the cautionary tale of a kindly old man who through an accidental …
reviewed The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman. March 26, 2011
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman
Star Rating:         The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman is a cataclysmic mess – a story that seems intentionally made to be as aggressive and incoherent as possible. …
reviewed The Young Victoria. March 25, 2011
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The Young Victoria
I have always struggled with history, feeling the majority of events I had read about drag like a text book, no matter how well written they may have been. That was until I came across one particular …
reviewed The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman. March 20, 2011
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman
Truthfully, I was going to see “Limitless” last night until I saw that a Chinese film was currently playing at a theater nearby as a limited engagement. So I decided to go see the film “The …
reviewed TimeCrimes. March 05, 2011
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**** out of ****     I would never have guessed that in my wildest dreams I would ever love a film as simple yet complex as "Timecrimes". Here is a thriller that never feels familiar, …
reviewed Leaving (French Film). February 28, 2011
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Foreign films have always held a certain magic when it came to creating films that may portray an overused premise. In this case, the themes of infidelity have been used so many times, as to how a woman …
reviewed Let The Right One In (Låt den Rätte K.... February 25, 2011
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Let The Right One In
**** out of ****     Even if "Twilight" seems to be most popular when it comes to Vampires in any form of media, it's good to get a nice, big breath of fresh air. And for me, that …
reviewed JCVD. February 22, 2011
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*** out of ****     Don't you love it when a crummy actor is given one moment of true glory? That moment of glory, for actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, is the film "JCVD". Throughout his …
reviewed Au Hasard Balthazar. February 19, 2011
au hasard balthazar
Balthazar is a small donkey, a dumb beast who is seldom used well by his owners, who is mostly abused and worked hard, who accepts what comes, who is born and who dies. Please note: elements of the plot …
reviewed Irreversible. February 15, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     Some of the best films tempt you to look away. French director Gaspar Noe has made a film which does indeed want you to look away, but only if you want to. It …
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