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reviewed Masquerade (Korean film). July 08, 2013
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“Masquerade” (aka. Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King) is a film based on a real king during the Joseon era. The film is currently the 4th highest grossing Korean film of all time and has earned …
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 Pathfinder. January 31, 2012
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Pathfinder (Unrated Edition) (2007)
Pathfinder (Legend of the Ghost warrior) is a film that I have to say would have to be an acquired taste. Loosely based on the Graphic novel published by Dark Hose comics, upon its production, it was …
reviewed Shoot 'Em Up. July 03, 2011
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Shoot 'Em Up
I rented this film with low expectations. A friend of mine said that it was stupid so I saw this with an open mind and extra low expectations. "Shoot `Em Up" is a movie with a title that speaks …
reviewed Never Let Me Go (2010 movie). March 26, 2011
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Never Let Me Go
Looking at the film’s title, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to think that it is a love story; and while it is in its own way, the film has proven to be a lot more than that. Based on the novella …
reviewed Beastly. March 06, 2011
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Every now and then I allow myself to be dragged into seeing a movie that I normally wouldn’t even see unless it was on video. Well, since I haven’t seen any reviews for “Beastly” …
reviewed Blue Valentine. January 09, 2011
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Blue Valentine
Love and Marriage. Life and Marriage. How about life and love in marriage? We’ve all heard the stories; why some couples make it and some don’t. I guess I would be lying if I said that director …
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 The King's Speech. January 03, 2011
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The King's Speech
Stories about friendship and courage. They are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser whose stories have been told in various different ways. It is just something that people need to be told from time to time that …
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 The Fighter (2010 film). December 18, 2010
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The Fighter
   Sports dramas that channel an inspiring ‘underdog’ story. It is pretty cliché nowadays in the halls of filmmaking. Well, director David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” …
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 Last Life in the Universe. November 30, 2010
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Last Life in the Universe
Way back when, I was an action-fantasy-sci-fi kinda movie fan, then I decided to explore other realms of cinema that really grabbed my attention. Back in 2003 or 2004, "Last Life in the Universe" …
reviewed The Next Three Days (2010). November 21, 2010
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The Next Three Days
Remakes. Seems like Hollywood is at it again. After all the major publicity and promos that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” had packed in, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to think …
reviewed Winter's Bone (2010 movie). November 05, 2010
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Winter's Bone (2010)
I am not exactly sure how I am going to begin a review on director Deborah Granik’s “Winter’s Bone”. The film is so undeniably simple at first impression, doubtless those folks …
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 Exiled (movie). September 29, 2010
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EXILED (2006) is directed by Johnnie To (Full Time Killer, Election, Breaking News), one of the most acclaimed directors of Hong Kong. Johnnie To is the epitome of hard-boiled cool, his films are fresh, …
reviewed The Town. September 19, 2010
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The Town
Ok….last time I saw Ben Affleck on camera was when I saw the romantic drama “He’s Just Not That Into You” but my memory is forever tainted with memories of him playing opposite …
reviewed Street Kings. August 20, 2010
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Street Kings
STREET KINGS is the latest police thriller by director David Ayer, responsible for other police thrillers such as “Training Day” and “Dark Blue”. Police corruption has been the …
reviewed Never Back Down. August 20, 2010
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Never Back Down
This is a REVIEW of the Extended, Unrated Cut That Was Not Seen in Theaters.      NEVER BACK DOWN is a teen-action-martial arts drama that has all the ingredients to entertain a VERY …
reviewed The Girl Who Played with Fire (2010 m.... August 14, 2010
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The Girl Who Played With Fire (2010 movie)
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a near-excellent film mostly because of the direction by Niels Arden Oplev and the performance of Noomi Rapace. It was such a methodical, well-constructed …
reviewed The Happening. August 08, 2010
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The Happening
Act of God- A direct and sudden event or action of certain unexplainable forces that could not be reasonably foreseen; it compromises all evidence and defies all attempts at explanation by Science.   …
reviewed The Princess Blade. August 03, 2010
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The Princess Blade
                  THE PRINCESS BLADE (a.k.a. Shirayuki Hime) is based on the manga by Kazou Koike with the same name. The film …
reviewed Wild Zero. August 02, 2010
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Wild Zero
WILD ZERO (2000) is living proof just how weird, oddly brilliant (at the same time stupid) and outrageously cheesy Japanese films can be. Granted this style of filmmaking is not for everyone. This film …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). July 27, 2010
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Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
FEARLESS is one of the BEST Kung Fu films I've seen in a long time. The film is based on the real-life tale of the legendary Huo Yuan Jia, founder of the Jin Wu Martial Arts Federation. Up to this …
reviewed Brooklyn's Finest (2010 movie). July 21, 2010
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Brooklyn's Finest
For me, Antoine Fuqua is a director who hit one homerun with “Training Day”; afterwards, his movies never did hit the kind of critical acclaim that “Training Day” had achieved. …
reviewed Woman is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun.... July 20, 2010
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Woman is the Future of Man (Yeojaneun namjaui miraeda)
Hong Sang-Soo is a film professor turned director. I have seen only 2 of his films, "Virgin stripped bare by her Bachelors" and this one; "WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN" (2004). The director …
reviewed The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010 movie). July 18, 2010
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Mickey Mouse short story in “Fantasia”. If you’ve seen it, then you’ll know exactly what the creators of “National Treasure” have cooked up in “The Sorcerer’s …
reviewed Invictus. July 01, 2010
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Invictus (2009)
I’ve always had a fondness for movies directed by Clint Eastwood. I always thought that Eastwood directed with a steady hand, revolves around simplicity and that he allows the atmosphere to dictate …
reviewed The Karate Kid (2010). June 18, 2010
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The Karate Kid (2010)
2010’s remake of 1984’s “Karate Kid” has been titled different in different countries. Director Harald Zwart’s film was called ‘The Kung Fu Kid” in China, “The …
reviewed The Road (movie). May 27, 2010
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The Road
   “THE ROAD” is a film about a post-apocalyptic world that is based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. Directed by John Hillcoat with a screenplay written by John …
reviewed Robin Hood. May 15, 2010
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Robin Hood (Single-Disc Unrated Director's Cut)
   I have to admit that I am a fan of Ridley Scott. So when the multi-award winning director of films such as “Alien”, the underrated “Kingdom of Heaven” (the director’s …
reviewed Iron Man 2. May 07, 2010
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Iron Man 2
   …well, not exactly, although “Iron Man 2” is definitely your Hollywood fare that relies on being loud, “spiffy”, brisk popcorn entertainment but it does …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (2009 movie). April 30, 2010
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The Lovely Bones (2009)
   Mainstream fans would remember Pater Jackson for his critically acclaimed “Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and “King Kong” while old-school horror fans may remember him …
reviewed CHIHWASEON (a.k.a. Strokes of Fire). April 10, 2010
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CHIHWASEON (a.k.a. Painted Fire)
Chihwaseon (aka. Painted Fire, Strokes of Fire) is an engaging biopic on the life of renowned Korean painter; Jang Seung-Ub. Directed by Im Kwan-Taek with lush award-winning cinematography by Jung Il-Sung, …
reviewed From Dusk Till Dawn. April 07, 2010
From Dusk Till Dawn
   I love vampire films. Just show me a film with a vampire premise on it and chances are is that I will at least rent the darned thing. Well, after I saw the horrid, embarrassingly “over-hyped” …
reviewed City of Lost Souls (Hyoryu gai). March 31, 2010
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City of Lost Souls (Hyoryu gai)
   Quentin Tarantino quotes Takashi Miike as “the best director of this generation”. Like him or not, Miike can pull off almost anything from surreal black comedies, brutal violence, …
reviewed Brothers (2009 film). March 31, 2010
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Brothers (2009 film)
   We are all familiar with the stories about the soldiers who return from a war, that they become someone quite different from who they were before. War is hell, and the things soldiers have …
reviewed City of Life and Death. March 25, 2010
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City of Life and Death
   Many of us have some knowledge of the Sino-Japanese war; and many are the films that have portrayed what happened during that period. “CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH” (2009) is director …
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