We'll tackle any film foreign or otherwise, paying exclusive attention to Arthouse, Indie & Cult features. Selected up to the minute News will also be given prominence.


December 30, 2008

1minutefilmreview Makes An Appearance In Amy Wong's E-Magazine


We the 1minute posse are sincerely honored to be featured in a new found friend Amy Wong's refreshing e-magazine 'YAM' (yetanothermagazine). Hopefully our shared fondness for cinema will bring the whole world closer and foster better understanding in mankind. Happy New Year and may all your dreams come true in vibrant technicolor!

All about Amy Wong

December 28, 2008

The U.S. vs. John Lennon








Director - David Leaf & John Scheinfeld

Genre - Documentary/Biography


More than just a rock star, John Lennon was a revolutionist who deployed his music as ammunition against a world gone mad with flippant bloodletting. All he wanted was for people to give peace a chance, for the American government to end the war in Vietnam. Instead, for his noble efforts, America branded him a troublemaker and unleashed the FBI on him. Ample footages of Lennon in interviews giving spitfire, witty comebacks coupled with his unbeatable songs turn this documentary into gold.

4 STARS!

All about The U.S. vs. John Lennon

December 24, 2008

The Pursuit of Happyness








Director - Gabriele Muccino

Genre - Biography/Drama


Will Smith's acting career has oftentimes been overshadowed by action hero roles that hardly challenge his skills as an actor. With this dramatic film however, Smith practically unleashed something in him that screams, "I Am Actor". Based on actual events, the story has him near the edge of financial deprivation and it is with sheer determination and the love of his child that he has the will to pull through. Destitute and with little hope, a tale of a real hero made of blood and bones emerges.

Merry Christmas.

4.5 STARS!

All about The Pursuit of Happyness

December 21, 2008

John Woo's 'Red Cliff 2' Trailer

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd PRIME MINISTER CAO CAO convinced the fickle EMPEROR HAN the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.


'Red Cliff 2' is scheduled for theatrical release across Asia starting in January.

Source from Twitch

December 19, 2008

Sunset Boulevard





Director - Billy Wilder

Genre - Drama/Romance


Billy Wilder's sardonic mauling of youth-obsessed Hollywood with the infamous line, "I'm ready for my close-up now, Mr. DeMille". The acid-tongued script takes ahold of you right from the get-go and by the time you realize that you've stumbled onto a piece of cinematic history more precious than any of the hokey artefacts Indy Jones risks life and limb for, you're already helplessly undone by its wily, serpentine plot. William Holden is a down on his luck screenwriter hired by aging and diminished silent star, Norma Desmond to play script doctor and so much more.

4.5 STARS!

All about Sunset Boulevard

December 14, 2008

Dazed and Confused








Director - Richard Linklater

Genre - Comedy/Drama


Relive your teenage years of acne-ravaged embarrassment, first love and painful harassment by moronic bullies in this Linklater classic. The film jumps right into the lives of high school kids eager to have some wild time when classes finish for the year. Like a rock rolling on a steep road, it just never lets up and the fluidity in which Linklater plans everything is amazing. It reminds us of 'Slacker' but elaborated and taken to a bigger arena. No 'Columbine-style' shootings or skinheads here. Just good ol' fun before AK47s and hand grenades entered the hallways of education.

3.5 STARS!

All about Dazed and Confused

December 10, 2008

12 Storeys








Director - Eric Khoo

Genre - Comedy/Drama


Eric Khoo is one of the more interesting independent directors from Singapore. His films have a certain down to earth allure that speaks to average folks. In short, it is the exact opposite of Wes Anderson's precious creations which may only delight the upper class. The harsh lives of various inhabitants living in a congested high-rise apartment building are explored in bleak, realistic fashion here. Unfortunately, it is quite preachy at times. The lead actress is one scrumptious morsel though.

3 STARS!

All about 12 Storeys

December 5, 2008

Fallen Angels








Director - Wong Kar Wai

Genre - Drama


This is perhaps Wong Kar Wai's least meaningful film. The stylistic strokes here are almost too overbearing, Wong seemingly giving stalwart cinematographer Christopher Doyle permission to go wild. Two assassins for hire played by Leon Lai and Michelle Reis navigate the slums of Hong Kong, with Reis's character secretly falling for her stone-faced colleague. Salaciously shot scene of bodacious babe Reis 'servicing' herself aside, this is a film where the camerawork has run rampant, shoving the already lightweight script mercilessly to the kerb.

3 STARS!

All about Fallen Angels

December 2, 2008

Persepolis







Director - Vincent Paronnaud &
Marjane Satrapi

Genre - Animation/Biography/Drama/War


An account of life in Iran through the eyes of a precocious girl who fought for freedom all through her restricted, devalued existence as a female in a male-dominated country. The filmmakers here have taken the animated genre and turned it into a noir-ish, 'documentary in drawn form' mixture which took us by surprise. Its powerful, potent story with sprinklings of hilarity and poignancy resonate well over the 2D form it is in, reaching and capturing our hearts with cinematic splendor.

4 STARS!

All about Persepolis

November 27, 2008

20th Century Boys: Chapter 2 Trailer



The second installment of Yukihiko Tsutsumi's '20th Century Boys' (20 Seiki Shônen, 『20世紀少年』) Trilogy. It is the year 2015, and 'Friend' is still around and keeping close tabs on Kenji's (Toshiaki Karasawa) mission. Kanna (Airi Taira) is now 17-years-old and living in Tokyo. With 'Friend' becoming even more popular with his millions of devout worshipers, she decides it's up to her to bring him down. She manages to get some help from her dad's old pals along the way, but 'Friend' always seems to be one step ahead. Slated for release in Japan on January 31, 2009.

All about 20th Century Boys

Source from Twitch and Nippon Cinema

November 25, 2008

The OLDBOY Remake...


There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the prospect of Will Smith and Steven Spielberg teaming up to make an American version of Oldboy but Smith has offered up some reasons to hope for the project. How so? According to an interview here the American Oldboy will not be a remake of the Park Chan-Wook film but will instead be a fresh interpretation of the original Japanese manga - source material that Park himself strayed significantly from. So, not a remake but a different version from the same source.

So ... this leave the Gore Verbinski produced remake of The Host as the next logical target for anti-remake-angst ...

Source from
Twitch

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford





Director - Andrew Dominik

Genre - Biography/Crime/Drama/Western



Casey Affleck shines in this gracefully tragic western. Creepy, awkward and painfully insecure, his role as the man who murders Jesse James is enthralling. He's like the kid in school we never want to sit with. Brad Pitt is perfect as the legendary outlaw too. The cinematography by Roger Deakins who also shot 'No Country For Old Men' is beautiful and really classic looking. Almost every scene looks like an oil painting come to life.

4.5 STARS!

All about The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

November 21, 2008

The Incredible Hulk








Director - Louis Leterrier

Genre - Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller


Ed Norton expands on his 'Primal Fear' role, unleashing a bigger, more destructive monster into the world of comic book geeks and common moviegoers alike. Unlike the computer generated disaster that was Ang Lee's crime towards mainstream movies however, this Hulk makes Eric Bana's look like a huge boy throwing a big tantrum. Staying true to Hulk's origin and the TV series, a new life is injected into the now promising franchise, and our jolly green giant is able to thus rise out of the ashes of Ang Lee's mess. Hulk Smash!!!

3.5 STARS!

All about The Incredible Hulk

November 19, 2008

10,000 BC








Director - Roland Emmerich

Genre - Adventure/Romance


'Apocalypto' for the Miley Cyrus/Jonas Brothers generation. Watered down and sweetened with an overbearing love angle, this 'Apocalypto-lite', this mainstream machine with model-like leads sporting six-packs and trendy dreadlocks pack no surprises. Every scene and every word spoken seem to be regurgitated from movies that have come before. It is the kind of popcorn feature many have grown to expect and in a drone-like manner, accept. Throw in some computer generated pizzazz and you have the whole world eating out of your hands. We'd like to think that we (the 1minute posse) have evolved.

2 STARS!

All about 10,000 BC

November 15, 2008

Stranger Than Paradise








Director - Jim Jarmusch

Genre - Comedy/Drama


Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's official debut. This little movie shot in black and white with a shoe-string budget is quite charming but offers very little bite in the story department. The Hungarian cousin of a slacker-type dude comes to live in America. Forced by his aunt to take the girl into his scruffy abode, the dude is at first reluctant and pissy but slowly finds the girl warming her way into his heart. Expect sparse, uninspired dialogue and a leisurely, almost anesthetic pace.

2.5 STARS!

All about Stranger Than Paradise

November 8, 2008

The Doors








Director - Oliver Stone

Genre - Drama/History/Music


Watching this movie, we are transported momentarily into the 60's. It's an extravagantly chaotic ride with the ultimate hippie of that era who once said "I'm a Lizard King and I can do anything". Jim Morrison and Oliver Stone's often excessive style works beautifully here. Val Kilmer is perfect as Jim. At times, shots of Jim on stage feels so real and euphoric it's as if we're in the concert itself.

4 STARS!

All about The Doors

November 5, 2008

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly








Director - Julian Schnabel

Genre - Biography/Drama


Julian Schnabel may very well be the most fascinating American director working today. An accomplished artist before he delved into filmmaking, Schnabel's artistic eye is exceptionally intuitive. Horribly paralyzed by a rare illness, an editor of Elle magazine suddenly finds his life crashing before him. With only a single eye capable of movement, he sets out to write a novel. This powerful film is based on a real story.

4 STARS!

All about The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

November 1, 2008

The Bow (Hwal)








Director - Kim Ki-Duk

Genre - Drama/Romance


Korean arthouse maestro Kim Ki-Duk's works are never just films per se, they are art pieces and this one represents his aesthetics perfectly. The serenely ravishing images conjured by Kim here are just staggering. Still, a disquieting cloud of terror looms delicately over the placid surface, threatening to detonate at the slightest disturbance. Its tale is a timeless one of a naive and unworldly girl tempted by the beastly nature of modern civilization. Poignant and exquisitely earnest, this is the master in his element.

5 STARS!

All about The Bow (Hwal)

October 27, 2008

Windstruck








Director - Kwak Jae-Young

Genre - Comedy/Crime/Drama/Romance


The Koreans release a multitude of manufactured, formulaic romance flicks into the world each year. Throw in a pretty face, some melancholic music and a story about two lost souls bound together by a shared passion for stamp collecting might just sell. This film by the director of 'My Sassy Girl' however belongs to a higher class of the heart-tuggin' genre. When a policewoman (the same adorable babe who starred in the movie mentioned above) falls for a guy cursed with bad luck, a tale of love that would last a thousand lifetimes begins to unravel.

4 STARS!

All about Windstruck

October 25, 2008

Dexter: Season 1 & 2

TV Series: Season 1 & 2
Genre - Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

This exceptional series broke through the barricades of uninspired television like a blooming daffodil in the middle of a barren desert. Both a predatory creature and probably the most palpable superhero ever conceived, Dexter Morgan may be a serial murderer, but his kills are always validated by a need to rid the world of evil wrongdoers. Still, we're only just scraping the surface of what he truly is, as 'Dexter' may very well be the most complex character ever created for the small screen. Its writers have really done the medium proud, setting the bar so high it seems impossible to ever match.

5 STARS!

All about Dexter

October 20, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl








Director - Justin Chadwick

Genre - Biography/Drama/History/Romance


Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman play two sisters vying for the attention of a very married King, starring Eric Bana. Sounds like a formula for a hot, sexy history lesson yes? Sadly, it remains a missed opportunity as the filmmakers have diluted the sensuous aspect of the story so much if felt like in comparison 'Dangerous Liaisons' was hardcore porn. A soap opera-ish tale is then served cold, taking sexy away instead of bringing it back. Our hope of catching the two nubile beauties in more intimate situations for the price of one film is completely crushed and we'll never forgive the director. Never.

2 STARS!

All about The Other Boleyn Girl

October 17, 2008

Stranger Than Fiction








Director - Marc Forster

Genre - Drama/Fantasy/Romance


The uniqueness and originality of the story is what comes through in this movie. Starring Will Ferrell in his most serious role to date, we are brought into the life of a man who learns that he is a character in a fictional novel. Ferrell's facial expressions as he discovers this is priceless. His quest to find out whether his life is being written as a tragedy or comedy is intriguing and it's Ferrell's charming portrayal that draws us in.

4 STARS!

All about Stranger Than Fiction

October 15, 2008

QT's Inglourious Basterds

What do you think of QT's Inglourious Basterds' new poster? Enjoy. The film is scheduled to be completed for release at the Cannes Film Festival in June 2009.

New Image of 'THIRST' (박쥐)

Park Chan-Wook has just wrapped up shooting his new “priest-turns-vampire” requiem 'THIRST' (박쥐) recently. The film will now go through several months of post-production before next year’s release. Here's the new image.

Street Kings








Director - David Ayer

Genre - Crime/Action/Thriller


David Ayer (writer of 'Training Day') decides to stay close to the ghetto streets which made his name. Interestingly, he has chosen Keanu Reeves to headline his baby here. Much have been bandied about regarding Reeves's acting. We personally feel Woody from 'Toy Story' is a better actor. Fortunately, Reeves holds steady here somewhat. His portrayal of a morally uncertain tough cop who investigates the gunning down of another cop is not great, but adequate. High-octane cop thriller with bullet-speed dialogue.

3.5 STARS!

All about Street Kings

October 12, 2008

Scarface



Director - Brian De Palma

Genre - Crime/Drama


"Say hello to my little friend!" This line and many more in this film are now iconic dialogues in world cinema. The distinction of being the baddest gangster who ever lived on screen arguably belongs to Tony Montana. Vile, extravagant and saturated in sex and drugs, this film fictitiously chronicling the rise of a Cuban drug dealer from insignificance is scintillating. Pacino's performance from the Cuban accent to his vulgar, savage personification will just slay you. Way before Bling culture was hot, Tony Montana was already living the life.

5 STARS!

All about Scarface

October 8, 2008

Audition (Ôdishon)








Director - Takashi Miike

Genre - Drama/Horror/Mystery/Thriller


This Takashi Miike film is notoriously known internationally for its violence. What makes it stand out from the onslaught of violent movies like 'Saw' or 'Hostel' though is the masterful direction. Carefully setting up this immensely suspenseful thriller with detailed pacing, Miike forces us to explore our deepest fears. The protagonists here are normal, everyday people like us who are triggered like landmines placed strategically in the film. A terrifying and unsettling excursion into madness.

5 STARS!

All about Audition (Ôdishon)

October 6, 2008

Happy Together








Director - Wong Kar Wai

Genre - Drama/Romance


Tony Leung and the late Leslie Cheung play a gay couple who love and hate in this beautifully made film. The script is just so authentically real and heartfelt you never feel that the actors are not committed to their roles. Even the love scenes are filmed as if we're witnessing something very private and intimate, which can be quite a turn off if you're homophobic. But if you get past that, you'll be surprisingly rewarded. The acting is pure class, soundtrack out of this world and cinematography by Christopher Doyle...scorching hot!

5 STARS!

All about Happy Together

October 3, 2008

Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)








Director - Hirokazu Koreeda

Genre - Drama


Discarded by their heartless, pathologically irresponsible mother like last night's leftovers, a couple of kids have to make do with life's unforgiving truth. Led by the eldest sibling (Yuya Yagira - winner of Best Actor in Cannes 2004), they soon learn that the world is not one big playground. Yagira is without doubt the spotlighted treat here as his calm exterior movingly betray a seething rage waiting to eat away at the core of his brittle family structure. Showing a marked maturity for someone so young, he represents a symbolic window into a world where sometimes the light just refuses to shine.

4 STARS!

All about Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

September 29, 2008

Lady In The Water






Director - M. Night Shyamalan

Genre - Fantasy/Mystery/Thriller


The lady should have just remained in the water. Then we wouldn't have had to watch this pretentious, ego-stroking movie. And if Shyamalan (casting himself in a substantial part) can act then Quentin Tarantino deserves a Best Actor Oscar. Paul Giamatti plays a droll maintenance guy who discovers a water nymph emerging from the pool of an apartment building where he lives and works. Cue Neil Gaiman-type fable with heaps of talking and hogwash. The film was also so gravely discordant with being coherent as a storytelling device that we wound up feeling frightfully concerned for Shyamalan's directorial future.

0 STAR!

All about Lady In The Water

September 26, 2008

Wanted








Director - Timur Bekmambetov

Genre - Action/Thriller


Story: Wimp stuck in a cubicle learns he belongs to a fraternity of assassins. To say that director Timur Bekmambetov has a unique visual style is an understatement. As evidenced in 'Night Watch' and 'Day Watch', he is to the action genre what David Blaine is to the art of magic. Pulling off never before attempted eye-popping special effects with such ease they almost seem to come out of thin air, Bekmambetov may well be action cinema's second coming. All of which seem such a shame really because its wings of immaculate promise were fatally clipped in the god-awful ending, crushing all our hopes along with it.

2.5 STARS!

All about Wanted

September 24, 2008

Jackie Brown





Director - Quentin Tarantino

Genre - Crime/Drama/Thriller


A marriage of perfect harmony between two artists well-versed in crime fiction. Elmore Leonard's nail-biting, ass-clenching moments habitually found in his entertaining paperbacks are visually realized here in all its potent glory. As always, the words from a Leonard creation fires on all cylinders, taking no prisoners. The story of an over the hill stewardess who takes on a last ditch attempt at a score gone increasingly complicated is consequentially more dire than the rest of QT's works.

4.5 STARS!

All about Jackie Brown

September 22, 2008

Superbad








Director - Greg Mottola

Genre - Comedy


This film from producer Judd Apatow, the reigning King Midas of comedy, consists of two halves. The first half is stuffed to the point of popping buttons (like Pam Anderson's robust twins in a baby tee) with jokes so well-written we wanted to run through town telling everyone. The crusade of three friends to copulate before the school year ends while being vulgar to the bone is also remarkably earnest and sweet-natured, traits which are eternally etched on Michael Cera's face. The second half however runs out of lubricant...err...steam. You either 'McLovin' it, or you don't.

3.5 STARS!

All about Superbad

September 21, 2008

Sleuth








Director - Kenneth Branagh

Genre - Comedy/Drama/Mystery/Thriller


Michael Caine and Jude Law have a go at each other in this economical thriller performed only by the aforementioned actors. Sparring with words and wit in a life and death battle of masochistic malevolence, this is a precarious match played for keeps. Caine stars as a well to do crime author and Law is the chap who has been playing 'Hide the Salami' with the former's wife. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it is stripped of most of the trappings associated with conventional thrillers, leaving us one which can only be made by an actor.

3.5 STARS!

All about Sleuth

September 19, 2008

Mulholland Drive









Director - David Lynch

Genre - Drama/Mystery/Thriller


Arguably Lynch's best work to date. Sensual, thrilling and downright mind-bending, this is Lynch at the height of his artistry. The precise music, plot and acting all come together to form a cinematic dream that only Lynch can conjure. Naomi Watts's meticulously timed emotions as her character goes through various changes is truly an amazing thing to watch.

5 STARS!

All about Mulholland Drive

September 15, 2008

Park Chan-Wook's THIRST (박쥐)


Park Chan-Wook's vampire tale 'Thirst' (박쥐) has been grabbed by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, reports Variety. The film, which is already in production, has so far been run by Korean major CJ Entertainment but the two are hopping on board to invest and co-finance. This vampire tale stars Kim Ok-Bi (Dasepo Naughty Girls) as the leading lady and also co-stars Song Kang-Ho (The Host) and Shin Ha-Kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance). The producers hope to get it completed and ready for a festival premiere in mid-2009, which is right around the time that the Cannes Film Festival takes place.

Plot Concept: The film is about a priest who participates in a medical experiment to find a cure for a deadly disease with traumatic repercussions.

Source from Mania.

Trailer for 'Sad Dream'



Here's the trailer for Kim Ki-Duk's latest movie 'Sad Dream' (Bi-mong, [비몽]) starring Lee Na-Young and Japanese actor Joe Odagiri. Visit here for its latest poster.

All About Lily Chou-Chou








Director - Shunji Iwai

Genre - Crime/Drama/Music/Thriller


Shunji Iwai's films not only feel like poetry visualized on screen, they are extensions of his very soul and being. In this story, a sensitive boy's only escape from his nightmarish existence in which school bullies take it out on him on a daily basis is when he listens to the soothing sounds of Lily Chou-Chou. The music married astutely with entrancing, pretty images in this Iwai film will grab you like a perfumed scent applied lightly on a sensuous neck of a woman.

4 STARS!

All about All About Lily Chou-Chou

September 12, 2008

Crows Zero



Director - Takashi Miike

Genre - Action/Comedy


Posturing and glaring. This inane film by Takashi Miike is bursting at the seams with posturing and glaring, all in a hackneyed attempt at being cool. A school without lessons or teachers exists in this manga-adapted story, wherein students brawl for fame and respect. It isn't kung fu either, just mostly fist-fighting without rhyme or reason. At least if it's martial arts, Muay-Thai or kickboxing we'd understand. Strictly for the manga-obsessed fraternity. We'd rather be knitting or playing Jenga.

2 STARS!

All about Crows Zero

September 10, 2008

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle








Director - Werner Herzog

Genre - Biography/Crime/Drama


Based on a true story of a person held in captivity since young, without any contact with the rest of civilization. Mysteriously released by his captor one fateful day, he is forced to cope with society. It's a little like 'The Elephant Man', but this being a Werner Herzog film, you know all bets are off. Herzog had an actual, mentally-challenged person (Bruno S.) play the naive invalid, catapulting his film into a heightened, intensified search for truth and meaning.

4 STARS!

All about Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle

September 9, 2008

Vantage Point








Director - Pete Travis

Genre - Drama/Thriller


The President of United States is shot at in an appearance on Spanish soil and this fictitious incident is then tracked by multiple flashbacks and fast-forwards to find the reasons why. All these happen in the space of a day, some say echoing the series '24'. Without having seen a single episode of the series, we're not able to confirm or refute this. What we do attest to is that this high-adrenaline film gives truckloads of political action thrillers which came before it a swift, proverbial kick in the ass.

3.5 STARS!

All about Vantage Point

September 7, 2008

Sunshine








Director - Danny Boyle

Genre - Adventure/Sci-Fi/Thriller


This movie by Danny Boyle is a complete disappointment. The sun is dying and a group of scientists are sent to re-ignite it. What is this? 'Armageddon 2'? There are some nice shots here of the sun which is treated like a god-like entity for some reason but the rest of the film is just too cliched and melodramatic. Michelle Yeoh's portrayal of a plant-loving scientist deserves singling out for being one of the most annoying characters ever in movies. Overlong, overcooked and overly pretentious.

2 STARS!

All about Sunshine

September 5, 2008

Snatch





Director - Guy Ritchie

Genre - Comedy/Crime/Thriller


Tonnes of good old laddish fun awaits you in this second feature from Madonna's main man. Roping in Brat Pitt and Benicio Del Toro for star power, Guy Ritchie once again takes us into his 'tough as nails' world of the nastiest and most incorrigible scoundrels. His style here is still as blazing hot as in his debut and there are some really inventive shots throughout. Brat Pitt as usual plays his role with relish, transforming himself into not only a Brit, but a gypsy Brit complete with authentic accent!

4 STARS!

All about Snatch

September 3, 2008

Before Sunset





Director - Richard Linklater

Genre - Drama/Romance


Richard Linklater continues the story he left off in 'Before Sunrise'. There's a sense that we are watching something treasured here because we know the characters so well. The script by Linklater is marvelous and the chemistry, sexual tension and drama between Hawke and Delpy's characters seem so real you can almost touch it. Totally absorbing and a testament to Linklater's brilliance.

5 STARS!

All about Before Sunset

September 1, 2008

Before Sunrise








Director - Richard Linklater

Genre - Drama/Romance


Sometimes the simplest meal can be as satisfying or better than an elaborate one. The ingredients of this film are two actors, a good script and beautiful location. There's basically no plot, just a man and a woman having real conversations and falling in love. Somehow, that in itself is a treat because it feels authentic. It helps that both the leads are charming too.

5 STARS!

All about Before Sunrise

August 29, 2008

Mr. Brooks








Director - Bruce A. Evans

Genre - Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller


Earl Brooks is a successful entrepreneur with a loving wife and daughter. His life seems blessed and harmonious. However, like all men who must cling to a sinful habit, he does have one vice. Mr. Brooks is an ice-cold killer and he is the best at it. Kevin Costner who had been missing from the scene for some time makes a victorious return, playing the role with relish. This film would not have worked without his screen presence which whilst not as devastating as Brando's or (in younger mode) Pacino's, incinerates just as well in its own inimitable way.

4 STARS!

All about Mr. Brooks

August 27, 2008

Latest Poster for 'Sad Dream'

Here's the latest poster for Kim Ki-Duk's upcoming film 'Sad Dream' (Bi-mong, [비몽]) starring Lee Na-Young and Japanese actor Joe Odagiri. This is the second film from Kim Ki-Duk to feature a non-Korean actor in the lead role ('Breath' was his other film starring Chang Chen from Taiwan). 'Sad Dream' opens in South Korea this October.

August 26, 2008

As Tears Go By








Director - Wong Kar Wai

Genre - Crime/Drama


A slightly conventional and commercial debut film by Wong Kar Wai. It is interesting to note that once this movie made his name, he never looked back. Every film after this is personal and tested the perimeters of filmmaking. There isn't anything wrong with this one other than the tacky 80's clothing though. Andy Lau and Jackie Cheung play two underlings of a triad organization terrorized by a devious villain acted with mischievous glee by Alex Man. A good starting point for Wong.

3 STARS!

All about As Tears Go By

August 24, 2008

Triangle (Tie Saam Gok)








Director - Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam & Johnnie To

Genre - Action/Thriller


3 accomplished directors from HK (Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam & Johnnie To) have put together a movie that may sound like too many cooks, but is in fact a thriller which has benefited tremendously by their shared ebullience. As each of them are accountable for different parts of the film (beginning, middle & end), we get to enjoy their unique blend of cinematic interpretations and ingenuity. Intrinsically, this translates into a suspenseful treasure hunt gone defiantly uneasy which will keep you guessing and hooked.

3.5 STARS!

All about Triangle (Tie Saam Gok)

August 22, 2008

The Village








Director - M. Night Shyamalan

Genre - Mystery/Thriller


M. Night Shyamalan had the makings of a uber director in waiting once. With 'The Sixth Sense', 'Unbreakable' and 'Signs' he was touted rightfully as the next Hitchcock. And then, he went and did 'The Village'. A whole Amish-like community are awakened from their god-fearing, evil-abstaining stupor by a truth that may or may not set them free. In the aftermath of this film's 'unveiling', we couldn't help wishing that we shouldn't have even bothered to peep a little in the first place. And that we should have just said our farewells to the promising trailer and left it at that.

1 STAR!

All about The Village

August 21, 2008

Delicatessen








Director - Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Genre - Comedy/Drama/Fantasy/Horror/Romance


Coming on like the French cousins of Tim Burton, the directing team of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro ventures into the same sort of otherworldly shenanigans which highlight Burton's career. Set in an undisclosed time-frame, maybe the future (although the future here looks like a past you wouldn't want to revisit), our hero arrives for a job at a run-down apartment building. A former clown, he is happily unaware of the sinister going-ons which lurk in the place. Cannibalistic horror made to look fable-like. Think 'Hansel & Gretel' in large scale.

3.5 STARS!

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August 19, 2008

Apocalypse Now








Director - Francis Ford Coppola

Genre - Action/Adventure/Drama/War


Francis Ford Coppola's epic visage of the Vietnam war is a plethora of assaulting colors and drug-induced explosions of the mind. Martin Sheen plays an officer tasked with taking down Colonel Kurtz, played majestically by Brando. Kurtz is a megalomaniac who has with his entire troop and some tribal savages built a self-sustaining colony deep in the Vietnamese jungle. The fleet of choppers scene is jaw-droppingly blazin' hot, as is Brando's seminal portrayal of a man-beast. The Horror...

5 STARS!

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