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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 …
reviewed Ip Man: The Final Fight. July 28, 2013
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Ip Man: The Final Fight
Lately, Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man has been on the receiving end of many attempts to portray his life to the big screen. The Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen "Ip Man" collaboration brought superficial, …
reviewed The Wolverine (2013 film). July 28, 2013
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The Wolverine (2013 film)
The X-Men movie franchise is arguably one of the more successful Marvel adaptations even for Brett Ratner’s hack-job “The Last Stand”. It spawned a reboot, a spin-off titled “X-Men …
reviewed RED 2 (2013 film). July 21, 2013
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Red 2 (2013 film)
Who said that I was so much of a comic book fan that I would never learn to truly appreciate an adaptation that only uses its characters with a different tempo from its source material? Well, I liked …
reviewed R.I.P.D. : Rest in Peace Department (.... July 20, 2013
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R.I.P.D. (2013 film)
Comic books adaptations are all the rage these days, and even if Marvel and DC seems to have taken the lead, Dark Horse comics have gotten into the mix on occasion. Well, this weekend has two films that …
reviewed The Conjuring (2013 film). July 20, 2013
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The Conjuring (2013 film)
Ed and Lorraine Warren are husband and wife. They are also two of the most renowned paranormal-occult investigators. During their prime, Ed was the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Vatican. …
reviewed Pacific Rim (2013 film). July 13, 2013
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Pacific Rim (2013 film)
Guillermo Del Toro had arrived in American cinema with an impressive resume. Films such as “Cronos”, “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone” have made …
reviewed The Lone Ranger (2013 film). July 04, 2013
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The Lone Ranger (2013 film)
Expectations play an important part in the enjoyment of a film. Sometimes one needs to know what he is in for, and I always try to see any movie’s merit (unless there is none). “The Lone Ranger” …
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
The Justice League animated series had a fantastic story arc called “The Justice Lords” as far as I could remember. Alternate universes and multi-verses have always been a part of comic book …
reviewed Monsters University (2013 film). June 23, 2013
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Monsters University (2013 film)
Prequels always draw a low expectation rate for me. I believe while some prequels can be necessary, most of them are merely made to capitalize on a movie’s popularity and do little to expand on …
reviewed World War Z (2013 film). June 22, 2013
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World War Z (2013 film)
The zombie virus have already attacked the world in an unstoppable force with one wave after the other. Well, not in the manner that one may think. The zombie plague have attacked the annals of pop culture; …
reviewed Nightmare Detective 2. June 21, 2013
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Nightmare Detective 2
Shinya Tsukamoto has both been successful as an actor and as a director. Tsukamoto had starred in horror hits such as “Marebito” and “Ichi the Killer” that had acquired a cult …
reviewed Love Exposure. June 18, 2013
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Love Exposure
Sion Sono is one director that is definitely controversial. His films range from the bizarre to the weird, to something more commercial and even going to the darkness that makes one doubt humanity. Sono’s …
reviewed This is the End (2013 film). June 17, 2013
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This is the End (2013 film)
Comedies is the kind of movie that would all depend on one’s sense of humor. I do have a twisted (sometimes sick) sense of humor, and so movies such as “Pineapple Express”, “Clerks” …
reviewed Man of Steel (2013 film). June 14, 2013
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Man of Steel (2013 film)
   I don’t ask much when filmmakers go for comic book adaptations. I just hope that A) the filmmakers would preserve the essence of the character and source material. B) I don’t …
reviewed The Purge (2013 film). June 09, 2013
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the purge
In a not-so-distant future, where one night in one year comes a time when all crime is allowed, that such a move had been sanctioned by the U.S. government. Such a concept is so intriguing that I wanted …
reviewed Hammer of the Gods (2013 film). June 01, 2013
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Hammer of the Gods (2013 film)
More often than not, I tend to seek out films that could give me a different taste in my mouth before I embark on yet another commercial film. It gives me a new perspective and a sort of a ‘reset …
reviewed Back to 1942 (Chinese film). May 29, 2013
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Back to 1942 (Chinese film)
Feng Xiaogang is one name in Chinese cinema that usually means a film that contains emotional power and often accompanied with such splendid cinematography that Western viewers just eat up his work. While …
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