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reviewed Sleep Tight. November 15, 2013
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Sleep Tight
Simplicity can sometimes be beautiful. Sometimes the allure of a story is not what it is all about, but rather just how it is told. Director Jaume Balguero, fresh from his successes with [REC] and [REC] …
reviewed Thor: the Dark World. November 09, 2013
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Thor: the Dark World
Movies based on Marvel comics have been such an easy way to make a quick buck for filmmakers. The recent splash of the Marvel comic book adaptations in recent years have been more or less based on the …
reviewed Drug War (Chinese film). October 28, 2013
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Drug War (Chinese film)
I’ve always considered that Hong Kong director Johnnie To is the epitome of hard-boiled cool and the maestro of crime thrillers. Then, I started to wonder just how To’s production group, Milky …
reviewed Escape Plan (2013 film). October 22, 2013
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Escape Plan (2013 film)
STALLONE! SCHWARZENEGGER! Together in the movie “Escape Plan”! Remember the good ole days in the 80’s and the 90’s when the names of these two action superstars were bigger than …
reviewed Carrie (2013 film). October 22, 2013
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Carrie (2013 film)
There are movies that are indeed a product of its generation. I do think that Brian De Palma’s 1976 horror classic “Carrie” is one of them. It has been awhile since I saw the original …
reviewed Captain Phillips (2013 film). October 12, 2013
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'Captain Phillips' directed by Paul Greengrass
Fact-based films work and sometimes they don’t. Some stick to the facts, while some tend to add fiction to drive entertainment value. After Paul Greengrass’ semi-documentary film “United …
reviewed Macabre a.k.a. Darah (Indonesian film). October 09, 2013
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Macabre (Singaporean film)
Slasher films are arguably the most clichéd movie genre around, and yet, somehow, movie viewers can’t seem to get enough of it. Different countries have different interpretations, and …
reviewed Poetry (Korean film). October 07, 2013
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Poetry (korean film)
Lee Chang-dong’s films are often lyrical and thematic in their nature. His films are often immersed in the realities of life wrapped around in a very single theme. His movies often become critically …
reviewed A Werewolf Boy (Korean film). October 06, 2013
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A Werewolf Boy (Korean film)
I never liked the “Twilight Saga” movie franchise; I thought it was a story made to channel ‘teen’ fantasies rather than to really develop a compelling storyline. But like it or …
reviewed Gravity (2013 film). October 05, 2013
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Gravity (2013 film)
I suppose it would be easy to dismiss director Alfonso Cuaron’s (Children of Men) as another sci-fi film except that I see the film as something else. It is a near real-time, high caliber popcorn …
reviewed Caterpillar (Japanese film). October 02, 2013
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Caterpillar (Japanese film)
There have been many films that depict the casualties and the horrors of war. But movies that deal with its aftermath are often few. Films such as “Black Rain” have portrayed the aftermath …
reviewed RUSH (2013 film). September 30, 2013
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RUSH (2013 film)
Almost 12 years ago, I saw Renny Harlin’s popcorn film “Driven”, a film about Formula One racing. While I thought it wasn’t terrible, the screenplay by Sylvester Stallone was a …
reviewed Golden Boy (Anime OVA). September 23, 2013
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I’ve watched so many depressing material the past few weeks that I thought it was time for me to have a change of pace. I wanted to have some stupid fun and some laughs; this is where director Hiroyuki …
reviewed Prisoners (2013 film). September 22, 2013
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Prisoners (2013 film)
I was going to skip going the movies these weekend. But when I found out that director Denis Villeneuve, who gave us the film “Incendies” (an Academy award nominee for best Foreign Language …
reviewed Graceland (2013 film). September 16, 2013
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Graceland
Being Filipino-born (though an American citizen), I can tell you that I haven’t been impressed with Philippine cinema. Most of them are over-bearing dramas, sex-driven comedies and melodrama, action …
reviewed Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film). September 15, 2013
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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film)
Director James Wan‘s “Insidious” was a horror film that had a strong first half; as it was able to generate a feeling of creepiness in the first half but then the second half became …
reviewed Texhnolyze (Anime). September 12, 2013
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Texhnolyze
There are anime features that are intended to be action entertainment, many are made for fun, while some that serve up fan service and then there are some that really try to push the boundaries of storytelling. …
reviewed Riddick (2013 film). September 07, 2013
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Riddick (2013 film)
Director David Twohy‘s “Pitch Black” introduced the ‘most dangerous man in the universe’, Richard B. Riddick (played by Vin Diesel); a man who is driven by the basic instinct …
reviewed Cockneys Vs. Zombies. September 06, 2013
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Cockneys Vs. Zombies
There are movies whose title just sells itself. Yes, this is true so true for director Matthias Hoene’s British zombie flick “Cockneys Vs. Zombies”. The title says it all, and really …
reviewed From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film). September 05, 2013
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From Up On Poppy Hill (anime film)
Just a few days ago, multi-award winner and Japanese anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki had announced his retirement (I know he was semi-retired as a director for some years now), and while most anime fans …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). September 04, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
While there are movies whose strength comes from the originality and the way it brings power to its narrative, there are some whose beauty lies in its simplicity and the way the story is told. Such a …
reviewed Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film). September 03, 2013
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Saving General Yang (2013 Chinese film)
Ronny Yu, the director who made his name with 1993’s “The Bride with White Hair”, Jet Li’s “Fearless”, and even such American films such as “Freddy vs. Jason” …
reviewed Getaway (2013 film). September 01, 2013
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Getaway (2013 film)
Remember the good ole’ 80’s up till to the early 90’s? Action films were often seen as ‘escapist entertainment’; meaning that such films had a paper thin plot, and the spectacle …
reviewed Sadako 3D. August 29, 2013
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Sadako 3D
Koji Suzuki’s novel “Ring” has birthed the Japanese horror hit “Ringu”. This film, in turn, has inspired numerous sequels (Rasen, Ring 0, Ringu 2) , an American remake (The …
reviewed A Company Man (Korean film). August 28, 2013
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A Company Man (Korean film)
I have often said that when it came to certain movie genres, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Kim Ji-Woon’s “A Bittersweet Life” was the perfect example how …
reviewed The World's End (2013 film). August 24, 2013
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'The World's End'
                              How many horror-sci-fi movies has it …
reviewed Trance (2013 film). August 22, 2013
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Trance (2013 film)
Director Danny Boyle has quite an impressive resume. Critically acclaimed films such as “Trainspotting”, “28 Days Later”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Shallow Grave” …
reviewed The Berlin File (2013 Korean film). August 19, 2013
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The Berlin File (2013 Korean film)
When it comes to South Korean action thrillers, there are few who can match director (sometimes actor/stuntman) Ryoo Seung-Wan. The man knows how to make his action films with style, intense and even …
reviewed Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (.... August 18, 2013
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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (Season Three)
It has been well established that I believe that director Sunao Katabuchi’s “Black Lagoon” is one of the best action-oriented anime series that I have seen. Those who watched it will …
reviewed Kick-Ass 2 (2013 film). August 17, 2013
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Kick-Ass 2
The comic book mini-series “Kick Ass” became a phenomena because of the way it managed to create a tale of anti-heroes, as to how fantasy and reality often do not coincide, and how loneliness …
reviewed Black Lagoon - Season One. August 15, 2013
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Black Lagoon
                                When it comes to action-oriented …
reviewed The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 film). August 12, 2013
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The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 film)
One time I was asked why there were times that I would like a movie with such a simple story and yet I would enjoy it more than a movie that tries to be a little more surprising. I guess it is because …
reviewed Man of Tai Chi (2013 film). August 11, 2013
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Man of Tai Chi (2013 film)
I am certain that most movie-goers knew that George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars” got his inspiration of the JEDI Knights and the Sith Lords, representations of the light and darkness of one …
reviewed Elysium (2013 film). August 10, 2013
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Elysium (2013 film)
Writer/director Neil Blomkamp impressed me with his first full-length 2009 film “District 9”, I thought it was a good interpretation of just how an “Alien Nation” would affect …
reviewed Another - Complete Collection (Anime .... August 09, 2013
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Another- Complete Collection (Anime)
Horror Anime often have a sense of familiarity when it comes to character designs and story structure; nonetheless there has been a few that reached that level of suspense that somehow made such things …
reviewed Outrage (Japanese film). August 05, 2013
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Outrage
There will always be an expected form of ‘hype’ whenever Asian cinema fans got wind of a film directed, written and acted by Takeshi “Beat” Kitano. From his yakuza epic, “Sonatine” …
reviewed Byzantium (2013 film). August 04, 2013
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Byzantium (2013 film)
Vampires have become one of the most versatile tools in story-telling. From horror, to action, fantasy and science fiction, these blood-sucking creatures have endured to become one of the most intriguing …
reviewed Solomon Kane. August 02, 2013
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Solomon Kane
Robert E. Howard has been often called the ‘master of sword and sorcery’ and arguably, his most famous character is “Conan The Barbarian”. While the Cimmerian may have made him …
Jusitce League: Flashpoint Paradox
....and Have the Wisdom to Know the Difference.       Sometimes I feel glad that I watch a movie with my glass half full. I did not read the comic crossover series “Flashpoint” …
reviewed Tai Chi Hero. July 29, 2013
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Tai Chi Hero
I wasn’t too fond of Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi Zero” and so I was very reluctant to continue on with this trilogy with his “Tai Chi Hero”. Honestly, I barely even remember …
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