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.

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.

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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 ...

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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!

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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!

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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.


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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!

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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.


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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.


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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.


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