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reviewed Devil's Backbone. October 04, 2007
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The Devil's Backbone
I didn't remember reading or hearing about "The Devil's Backbone" until I saw "Pan's Labyrinth." If I did see any reviews, I dismissed them since the film was classified as a horror film in the US - what …
reviewed Beijing Bicycle (2001). September 28, 2007
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Beijing Bicycle (2001)
This is one movie where you just want to jump in and do something. My story is like some others I know; I kept seeing this movie on the shelf at the video store. I thought it looked ok but not interesting …
reviewed The Lives of Others. September 17, 2007
The Lives of Others
This is a well-made, very well-acted movie. As a personal bonus to me, the German was Hochdeutsch enough for me to understand it. I was moved to fears and tears by moments of it. However, it is significantly …
reviewed The Wind That Shakes the Barley. September 13, 2007
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Pros: Decent acting      Cons: Everything else      The Bottom Line: I will reiterate the last line in the review: Finally I just didn't care.      …
reviewed Les Enfants Terribles: (The Criterion.... August 25, 2007
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Les Enfants Terribles: (The Criterion Collection)
"Les Enfants Terrible" is a collaboration between one of France's greatest authors, Jean Cocteau, and one of its greatest directors, Jean-Pierre Mellville. It should be, and according to many, is, a superb, …
reviewed The Lives of Others. August 25, 2007
The Lives of Others
Das Leben der Anderen (The Live of Others) is a powerful film that opens a window to the West of what life was like in East Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall. It is a tense yet balanced work …
reviewed The Italian (2005 movie). August 14, 2007
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Italian
Pros: Best performance by a child actor I've seen since Billy Elliot      Cons: nothing      The Bottom Line: Even for someone who doesn't like subtitles …
reviewed Curse of the Golden Flower (2007). July 27, 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)
Historians give many reasons for the failings of a dictatorship style of government, such as suppression of freedom, lack of open communication, centralized decision-making, bureaucratic inertia, violent …
reviewed Landscape After Battle. July 20, 2007
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Landscape After Battle
Pros: Story, narrative, music, pretty much everything      Cons: Nothing comes to mind      The Bottom Line: Fatelessness showed a side of the Holocaust that seems …
reviewed Le Petit Lieutenant (2005). July 10, 2007
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Le Petit Lieutenant (2005)
(3 1/2) While watching `Le Petit Lieutenant' I had to keep asking myself, `Why is this movie anything better than a US crime series?' Often watching foreign movies, I have to back up and say, 'How can …
reviewed Battle Royale. July 08, 2007
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
This is a film with an extraordinarily flimsy and unrealistic premise. It violates its own rules and internal logic. It is, essentially, a great big snuff-film.    And I really liked …
reviewed The Bridesmaid (2004). July 08, 2007
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The Bridesmaid (2004)
The films of French Cinema master Claude Chabrol have been some of the quirkier, intelligent, strange, and creative works to come out of France (La Fleur du mal, Merci pour le chocolat, Au coeur du mensonge, …
reviewed In Desert and Wilderness. July 06, 2007
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In Desert and Wilderness
Pros: Acting, story, scenery, symbolism      Cons: Nothing at all      The Bottom Line: If for nothing else, this film is worth the time just to watch the interaction …
reviewed You Are Not Alone (1978 movie). June 22, 2007
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You Are Not Alone (1978)
Pros: Acting, story, music      Cons: The end is a little abrupt      The Bottom Line: This is a gay teen love story to be blunt. If this doesn't offend you, …
reviewed Friend (2002). June 11, 2007
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Friend (2002)
The story is simple; it's about four friends growing up in Pusan in the seventies. The real story comes from their weird mixture of personalities that fit but you don't expect to last after school. Jung-sook …
reviewed Yojimbo - Remastered Edition (Criteri.... June 02, 2007
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Yojimbo - Remastered Edition (Criterion Collection
Japan's classic `Yohimbo' feels like a ground-breaking picture because it demonstrates a martial arts movie in it's modern birth. Genuinely violent 'Yohimbo' is unique for its upscale craftsmanship, including …
reviewed Devil's Backbone. May 27, 2007
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The Devil's Backbone
Pros: Acting, special effects, mood      Cons: The story.      The Bottom Line: Too simplistic a tale for the tools used to tell it. Recommended with heavy reservations.   …
reviewed Kontroll. May 25, 2007
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Kontroll
In the Prologue, the narrator relates that his friend director, Nimrod Antal, has made a film about the struggle between good and evil. Using the Hungarian subway system as symbol, they jump start `Kontroll,' …
reviewed The Italian (2005 movie). May 24, 2007
Italian
'Italianetz' (THE ITALIAN) is a strong Russian film from the pen of Andrei Romanov under the direction of young artist Andrei Kravchuk - the kind of film that enlightens us about problems in Russia but …
reviewed The Italian (2005 movie). May 23, 2007
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Italian
In the heart of every orphan's life there is the shroud of mystery concerning one's biological parents. So strong is this desire that six-year-old Russian, Vanya (Kolya Spiradonov) is reluctant to be …
reviewed Curse of the Golden Flower (2007). May 17, 2007
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2007)
`Curse of the Flower' is a gorgeous masterpiece. Filled with the uniform pageantry of The Tang Dynasty (A.D. 928), the layers of beauty are unfolded to reveal the household of the Emperor (Yun Fat) whose …
reviewed Army of Shadows - Criterion Collectio.... May 16, 2007
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Army of Shadows - Criterion Collection (1969)
Director Jean-Pierre Melville drew from his own experiences of The French Resistance during World War II to make the same-titled novel into an inspired movie. Capturing the gamut of participants and demonstrating …
reviewed After the Wedding (2007 movie). May 14, 2007
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After the Wedding (Efter brylluppet)
`After the Wedding,' Denmark's "Best Foreign Picture" nominee for the Academy Awards has a lot going for it. Even if there is a soap opera feel to the scenes and the story, the quality is head and shoulders …
reviewed La Cage Aux Folles (1978 movie). May 11, 2007
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La Cage Aux Folles (1979)
"La Cage aux Folles"    Wonderful    Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride    Looking back at my DVD collection, I realized I had never written a review …
reviewed The Wind That Shakes the Barley. May 07, 2007
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley
'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' transports us to its setting like few movies do. Like a taste of Ireland's Guinness Beer, the movie makes a strong impression that leaves a long aftertaste. Screenwriter …
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