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reviewed Face (movie). October 16, 2012
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Face (movie)
FACE (2004) is a South Korean thriller directed by Sang Gon Yoo, the same man who directed the Korean erotic drama "Yellow Flower". Equal parts ghost story and equal parts murder mystery with …
posted a Quick Tip about Oldboy. November 26, 2011
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Oldboy
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 …
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.   …
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 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 Oldboy. June 04, 2011
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Oldboy
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 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, …
reviewed Oldboy. May 23, 2011
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Oldboy
**** 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 …
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 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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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 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 …
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 Slumdog Millionaire. October 01, 2010
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I read the advertisements and couldn't imagine why I'd like it, but it really does pull you in.
posted a Quick Tip about Slumdog Millionaire. September 25, 2010
Slumdog Millionaire Movie poster
Excellent storytelling from a great director, fantastic cast and superb narrative
posted a Quick Tip about Death Note anime. August 28, 2010
Death Note anime
Death note anime is a king of the all the animation series. I would rate death note episodes as one of the top rated manga show. Me completely addicted to death note .
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 …
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