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reviewed Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. February 25, 2013
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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
The Street Fighter video game franchise may be one of the most successful video game franchises in history. It had spawned numerous video game sequels, countless remixes, an anime series, an American …
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 …
reviewed [REC] 3: Genesis. August 14, 2012
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[REC] 3: Genesis
Being a fan of Paco Plaza’s Spanish horror films “[REC]” (inspired the American remake “Quarantine”) and its sequel “[REC] 2“, I was ecstatic to learn that the …
reviewed Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. May 07, 2012
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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
After all the hype and the box-office success of “The Avengers” I wanted to see something more on the art house level in my local movie theater. This was where I managed to spot the John Woo …
reviewed The Devil's Rock. February 26, 2012
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The Devil's Rock
The last time I saw a film from New Zealand was when I watched “Black Sheep”, which was, well, very different and quite original in its own right. So I chose to check out director Paul Campion’s …
reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. December 10, 2011
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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Seeing as the American remake of the international blockbuster “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is in the horizon, I figured I should finish my coverage for the films based on Stieg Larsson’s …
reviewed 13 Assassins. May 16, 2011
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13 Assassins
Sometimes it is hard to get access to the San Francisco International Film Festival, but I made a supreme effort to do so since this year, it is including one of my favorite film genres. Those who know …
reviewed The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman. March 20, 2011
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman
Truthfully, I was going to see “Limitless” last night until I saw that a Chinese film was currently playing at a theater nearby as a limited engagement. So I decided to go see the film “The …
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 Princess Mononoke (1997 Japanese Anim.... January 18, 2011
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Princess Mononoke (Dub) (1999)
How do you review something so compelling, so engaging and so brilliant that to do so would make one seem like a boy with a huge crush? Roger Ebert placed the film as one of his 10 best films of all time …
reviewed Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo. January 08, 2011
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Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo
I always get a certain feeling of intrigue when a Foreign director helms a movie with Asian performers shot in an Asian land. Spanish director Isabel Coixet has declared her fascination with Japanese …
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 The Horde (La Horde, 2009). December 28, 2010
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The Horde (La Horde, 2009)
For the past 5-8 years, French filmmakers have been kicking Hollywood’s butt when it comes to horror films. Films such as “Martyrs”, “Inside” and “High Tension” …
reviewed Detective Dee And The Mystery of The .... December 20, 2010
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Detective Dee And The Mystery of The Phantom Flame
The last time I saw a Tsui Hark directed film was 2008’s romantic ghost story called “Missing” which I didn’t really care for that much. Well, it seems like the director who has …
Cronos (The Criterion Collection edition DVD and Blu-ray)
Mainstream movie fans would know Guillermo Del Toro from his work with the underrated “Mimic”, the simple and yet affecting “The Devil’s Backbone”, comic-book adaptations …
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 Assault Girls. December 06, 2010
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Assault Girls
Mamoru Oshii is one director who has always impressed me with his execution of mood, human angst, thought-provoking themes and style such as in the classic anime sci-fi film “Ghost in the Shell” …
reviewed Robo-Geisha. December 01, 2010
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Let’s get a few things straight; if you’re the type of movie watcher who likes to see boatloads of blood and enjoys outrageous scenes that make you say “what the $H!+ was that?!” …
reviewed Don't Look Back (2009 Film). November 26, 2010
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Don't Look Back (2009 Film)
Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci. Two of my favorite actresses in French and Italian cinema. Little did I know that I would see the two in one film together one day and what a treat it was. Director …
reviewed Black Rain a.k.a. Kuroi Ame (Japanese.... November 01, 2010
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Black Rain
Back in 1989, two movies entitled “Black Rain” were released. One film was the insignificant Hollywood blockbuster starring Michael Douglas while the other was the art house Japanese film …
reviewed The White Ribbon. September 23, 2010
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The White Ribbon
I’ve always enjoyed foreign films in the manner with which it can convey the bleakest themes through the suggestion of the emotions that can be awakened through its screenplay. Shot in its entirety …
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” …
reviewed Raging Phoenix. September 15, 2010
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Raging Phoenix
After the success of Thailand’s “Ong-Bak” and “Tom Yum Goong”, the U.S. has been flooded with films that depict the beauty of Muay Thai. Well, one of the stars that made …
reviewed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (movie). July 16, 2010
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
I have to say that Sweden is beginning to have a great reputation in adapting books into the silver screen. Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev helms “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (“Man …
reviewed Burma VJ. April 21, 2010
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BURMA YJ: Reporting From...
It has been more than two decades since I saw the people of the Philippines overthrow the Marcos regime through peaceful means. Hopes were running high during that time; and while I cannot say whether …
reviewed Tsotsi. April 19, 2010
Winner of the 2005 Best Foreign Language film award in the Oscars, writer/director Gavin Hood’s “TSOTSI” is about a thug (Tsotsi means exactly that in its local dialect) who is seemingly …
reviewed Takva: A Man's Fear of God. March 31, 2010
Takvaa: MAN'S FEAR of GOD
   It is quite curious that a film about a certain religious sect would be directed by Ozer Kilitan, someone who has declared that he is a man who doesn’t believe in God. This little detail …
reviewed Them (ILS). March 15, 2010
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Them (ILS)
   My trusted reviewers were split on this French/Romanian fright flick. They have all presented their arguments and justified their reasons for liking or disliking this film credibly. …
reviewed Confucius. March 11, 2010
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   The last time a movie was made about the story of Confucius was in 1940 in a silent film. This 2010 film, that has Chow Yun Fat in the lead role as “Confucius” is a reason to …
reviewed Persepolis (2007 film). March 02, 2010
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   What I really appreciate about Foreign cinema is its innate ability to make the simplest of concepts powerful without stooping to “dressing up” gimmicks that Hollywood is so prone …
reviewed TimeCrimes. February 28, 2010
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   I love movies about time travel and among my favorites are Cameron’s “Terminator” franchise, “Back To the Future”, “Frequency”, “Time Cop” …
reviewed Mongol. February 26, 2010
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   There have been many attempts to bring the life of Genghis Khan to the big screen. MONGOL (2007) is another attempt by director Sergei Bodrow, and has earned itself an academy award nomination. …
reviewed Dead Snow. February 24, 2010
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Dead Snow
   Nazis and Zombies…a combination of both. It is very surprising that such a premise has been done before. The Norwegian horror-comedy thriller “DEAD SNOW” (aka. NIght of …
reviewed Revanche. February 21, 2010
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   “Revenge is a dish best served cold” and Austrian writer/director Gotz Spielmann’s “REVANCHE” (the title means ‘revenge’ in German) is a calculating, …
reviewed A Dirty Carnival. February 14, 2010
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   There has been an overflow of South Korean crime thrillers and even Hong Kong crime dramas have lost a lot of its gritty charisma. A DIRTY CARNIVAL is a crime thriller that has achieved something …
reviewed Man, Woman and the Wall. February 10, 2010
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Man, Woman and the Wall
   Japanese pink films have the uncanny ability to maintain “art house” themes while blending in pure weird exploitive elements. “Man, Woman and The Wall” is a Japanese …
reviewed The Baader Meinhof Complex. December 13, 2009
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   Germany's Official submission to the Academy Awards; this film was nominated for the best foreign language film awards in the 81st Oscars. Director Uli Edel’s “BAADER …
reviewed Devil's Backbone. December 07, 2009
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The Devil's Backbone
     In Guillermo Del Toro’s own admission, “The Devil’s Backbone” is the one film that he has directed that has become his own personal favorite among other horror …
reviewed Cries and Whispers. December 05, 2009
Cries and Whispers
   Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's “CRIES AND WHISPERS” is among the few foreign language films that was nominated for the best picture academy award and on that same year …
reviewed Dead Alive. December 01, 2009
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Dead Alive (Unrated) (Sp) (1993)
   DEAD ALIVE (a.k.a. “Braindead”) is directed by Peter Jackson; yes, the same dude who won Oscars for his terrific adaptations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson’s …
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