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.


February 27, 2009

Be Kind Rewind








Director - Michel Gondry

Genre - Comedy


If this film put to light one thing, it is that Michel Gondry can't do funny. His penchant for the lighter, more carefree side of life as if seen through the eyes of an eternally childlike purveyor of fun and games look practically silly here. Jack Black's overzealous enthusiasm feels annoyingly like unwanted pool water in your ears after a swim and the script by Gondry is trite and slovenly. Most damning of all, the thrift store remakes of pictures like 'Ghostbusters' and 'Robocob' aren't even as hilarious as some people (presumably the same ones who found 'Hot Fuzz' humorous) make them out to be.

1.5 STARS!

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February 19, 2009

Days of Heaven








Director - Terrence Malick

Genre - Drama/Romance


When a cinematic experience touches your soul, reaches into the innermost human aspect of what makes you breathe and live, it becomes so much more than mere entertainment. Terrence Malick's visceral visualization for this sprawling epic drowns out typical movie narrative structures, favoring a detached, not always explained plot line. Oddly enough, this actually plays to its advantage. As memorably potent as one's first conquest in love, this is a rebellious and unyielding masterstroke from the grandmaster of cinema.

5 STARS!

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February 14, 2009

YAM Issue 002


Check out Amy Wong's 'YAM' (yetanothermagazine) Issue 002! Yet another great effort! For those who've missed out 'YAM' Issue 001, here's the link.

February 6, 2009

Serpico





Director - Sidney Lumet

Genre - Biography/Crime/Drama


Based on a true story. As a biopic, it probably stands to this day as one of the best, in-depth films on a person's life. Al Pacino takes on the role of an incorruptible cop who battles his own department and eventually the whole force in order to bring down bribery. Pacino not only goes through a wide range of hairdos and fashion changes, his range of emotions here will leave you insanely envious of his talents. In Lumet's safe hands, Pacino is like an acting phoenix, in flight with wings of ready tics and nuances that are blisteringly real.

5 STARS!

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February 2, 2009

Iron Man








Director - Jon Favreau

Genre - Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi


Robert Downey Jr. turns on the charm and everything else in this. He's suave, irreverent and loving every minute of it as a superhero and we're converted as well. Goodbye Spidey. You were alright but Tony Stark is a grown man you understand... Mr. Stark also doesn't waste time moping around like The Dark Knight or The Hulk. He is an attention-grabbin', egocentric genius and we love him for it. A nice diversion from the morose Batman and you have got to adore that suit! It's every man's metallic dream! Jon Favreau enters the big league with this and obliterates the awful memory of 'Zhatura'.

4 STARS!

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