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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 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 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 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 The Tower (Korean film). July 05, 2013
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The Tower (Korean film)
I wasn’t too impressed with the monster flick “Sector 7”, but I guess I was curious how director Kim Ji-Hoon would fare in a disaster movie. “The Tower” is a film that has …
reviewed Flower and Snake 2. May 15, 2013
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Flower and Snake 2
When I saw the first Flower and Snake film, I became impressed with the lengths Aya Sugimoto, a popular pop star/model would go to make that film. Despite its multiple scenes of sexual intercourse and …
reviewed Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film). April 30, 2013
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Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film)
I saw bits and parts of this film last night on TV and decided to check it out again on dvd. It is quite surprising that a movie about a boy losing his bicycle can be compelling. It is a harrowing account …
reviewed Silenced (Korean film, aka. The Cruci.... March 10, 2013
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Silenced (Korean film, aka. The Crucible)
The real events that took place in the Gwangju Inhwa school for the hearing impaired caused public outcry in South Korea. The sexual abuse of many deaf/mute students was just so horrific that such lenient …
reviewed 10 Years. February 13, 2013
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10 Years
There are movies that portray a slice of life. Movies that show us a certain part of one’s lifetime. Such a film is director/writer Jaime Linden’s “10 Years”. It is a film built …
reviewed Side Effects (2013 film). February 11, 2013
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Side Effects (2013 film)
Seems like director Steven Soderbergh has been on a roll lately. The past three years have been quite busy for the acclaimed filmmaker, and this 2013, he has reunited with the filmmakers who made us afraid …
reviewed Killer Joe. January 26, 2013
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'Killer Joe' Depraved, Violent, Brilliant And Two Jews On Film Loved It
There are movies that are made to entertain, some marketed to create a huge profit margin, some are made to make viewers feel good while some are made to express an ever-so possible harsh reality of life. …
reviewed Zero Dark Thirty. January 05, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” may be one of the most anticipated films of 2012 and one of the must-see films on my list. It started limited releases in select cities …
reviewed Excision. January 02, 2013
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You know, every now and then, I would come across a film that would almost blow my mind. Some films blow my mind because they are just so outstanding and then, there are those films that blow my mind …
reviewed Coriolanus. May 29, 2012
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There comes a time when veteran actors begins to feel like they would like to be one of the acclaimed directors they had worked with in their careers. Some have even starred and directed their own films, …
reviewed 'The Grey' (2012 film). January 30, 2012
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'The Grey' Directed By Joe Carnahan
We’ve all seen a good number of ‘survival’ films the past two decades. I mean, it seems to be the kind of film that studios feel that it is the kind of thing that would be easy to make …
reviewed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011.... December 21, 2011
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
When I first heard of the American remake of the Swedish film released in 2009 based on the internationally acclaimed novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (original title “The Man …
reviewed 50/50. November 14, 2011
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Movies that go into subjects that have a bleak premise such as dealing with a terminal disease are often easily dismissed as something that can be depressing and it is absolutely so easy to go into its …
reviewed The Rum Diary (2011 film). October 29, 2011
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The Rum Diary
I am at a slight disadvantage here since I have never read the autobiographical book by Hunter S. Thompson, so I cannot really declare just how faithful it is to its source material (or what inspired …
reviewed Moneyball. September 25, 2011
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Oakland A’s fans would be right at home with “Moneyball” as they would be very familiar with the amazing historic run of the team during the 2002 baseball season. Well, I am currently …
reviewed Drive (2011 film). September 19, 2011
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Drive (2011 film)
Honestly, I wasn’t really expecting much when I went to see “Drive” but I knew for certain that it was one of those art house movies that critics usually like. At first impression, I …
reviewed Contagion. September 12, 2011
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Steven Soderberg is one director who has a colorful and somewhat impressive resume; his best works include “Solaris”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Erin Brokovich”, and …
reviewed Warrior. September 10, 2011
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The rise to popularity of Mixed Martial Arts have inspired several movies such as the mediocre “Never Back Down” and the below average “Fighting”. “RedBelt” was more …
reviewed The Tree of Life. June 05, 2011
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The Tree of Life
When I got out of the theaters for Terrence Malick‘s “The Tree of Life“, every viewer was asked to put their opinion on a piece of paper as to determine audience reaction. It is a film …
reviewed The Beaver. May 08, 2011
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The Beaver
I always support almost any actor/actress who is going for a new position in filmmaking by watching their movies. Actors such as Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven), Mel Gibson (Braveheart) and Jon Favreau …
reviewed The Conspirator. April 25, 2011
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The Conspirator
One of the darkest moments in American history would have to be the assassination of Pres. Abraham Lincoln. Even when I was a child, the event was taught to me as a part of grade-school history and …
reviewed Real Fiction (Korean film). April 22, 2011
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Real Fiction
REAL FICTION is a film by Kim Ki-Duk and was released during the same year as "The Isle". It wasn't surprising that this film didn't receive as much attention as the aforementioned film. …
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 Sanctum. February 05, 2011
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Being promoted as “executively-produced” by James Cameron, the director of “Avatar”, the film “SANCTUM” directed by Alister Grierson generated some buzz in the movie …
reviewed Biutiful. January 30, 2011
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Films that depict a bleak, real and depressing story have always held an attraction to me. Not exactly sure as to why, but it seems like I may not be the only one since director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s …
reviewed Aftershock. January 01, 2011
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Disaster movies have always been tagged and made as something other than what they should be, and sometimes more. A) They are sometimes tagged as a spectacle with little respect for the reality behind …
reviewed Rabbit Hole. December 27, 2010
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Rabbit Hole
A parents’ worst fear is when they outlive their children, worst even is when the child is taken at a very young age. I would imagine that such a tragedy would be almost unbearable. The play by …
reviewed Valhalla Rising. December 17, 2010
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Valhalla Rising
I am going straight to the point. “Valhalla Rising” is NOT a movie for everyone. If you’ve seen the trailer, forget about it. Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s film barely has any …
reviewed Ocean Heaven. December 07, 2010
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Ocean Heaven
After the successful release of “Fearless”, Jet Li had announced that it would be his last martial arts film. A year or two after, Li won the best actor award for his performance in “The …
reviewed Black Swan (2010 film). December 04, 2010
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Black Swan (2010)
Last time Darren Aronofsky impressed me this much was with the film “The Wrestler”; it was a cinematic experience that was filled with a methodical approach, careful calculation, character-driven …
reviewed Woman On The Beach (Korean Film). October 23, 2010
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Woman On The Beach (Korean Film)
Film professor turned director Hong Sang-Soo returns with another film that captures the amazing complexities of life between male and female. “Woman On The Beach” (2006) captures Hong Sang …
reviewed Hereafter (2010 movie). October 21, 2010
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I’ve always proclaimed that I have a fondness for movies directed by Clint Eastwood and I believe I've seen every movie directed by him. I like the way he develops his story and how he keeps …
reviewed The Social Network. October 03, 2010
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The Social Network
“The Social Network” is a film directed by David Fincher with script by Aaron Sorkin; the film is based on the book by Ben Mezrich called “The Accidental Billionaires“. “Social …
reviewed Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of .... September 25, 2010
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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Two of the things I like about Zack Snyder: His ability to try and give tribute to the source material he is adapting to the big screen and to ability to give it the respect it deserves (despite some …
reviewed Addicted (aka. The Poisoning). September 18, 2010
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Addicted (aka. The Poisoning)
I’ve always been fond of Korean drama; it is a genre that Korean directors seem to excel in quite a lot. Director Young-Hoon Park’s absorbing tale of love, obsession and confusion “Addicted” …
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