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 30, 2009

Departures








Director - Yôjirô Takita

Genre - Drama


In all honesty, this is a hard film to like. Death and all its romantic connotations did not manifest itself in this film. Instead, we are treated (or subjected to, depending on your poison) to a lesson on life and what it means to be alive, as opposed to being dead as a door nail. Most Japanese, you will realize as the movie goes on, have a great respect for the departed. To them, a beautiful ritual honoring their dearly missed brings them peace and closure. The leading man in the story discovered this truth in its due course and we must admit, we did as well. Though, as we pointed out. With all the coffins and carcasses appearing with unrestrained abandon, this is no walk in the park.

3.5 STARS!

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November 22, 2009

Santa Sangre









Director
- Alejandro Jodorowsky

Genre - Drama/Horror/Mystery/Thriller


Out of the grid and right on the brink of madness, this film sticks out like a sixth toe on a foot. But unlike an unwanted and unappreciated appendage, it is oddly appealing. You just can't bring yourself to look away. The acting reminds you of a bad Bollywood film with all the overdone theatrics thrown in and the story seems like it was written by a person residing in a mental facility.These are things that shouldn't work in a movie but somehow, through the director's keen grasp of the language of film, it does. Truly a sidewalk of freakish pleasure. Care to take a stroll on its uneven pavement?

5 STARS!

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November 12, 2009

Dexter: Season 3








TV Series - Season 3

Genre - Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller


The light has gone out from one of telly's greatest finds. We are still in mourning for the demise of this series in regards to its previously phenomenal writing and plots which never failed to shock and give us endless goosebumps. In this instalment though, Dexter Morgan the monster battling forever with his 'Dark Passenger' is suddenly replaced with a softer, more sentimental version prone to bouts of self-doubts and needy moments of which we couldn't bear to watch. Even the jokes which made the first and second Seasons such fun to us are almost non-existent here. We're also peeved that there are no worthy rival here to challenge Dexter's supremacy in the killer's jungle. Now that's the biggest mistake.

2.5 STARS!

All about Dexter

November 9, 2009

Doubt










Director - John Patrick Shanley

Genre - Drama/Mystery

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep spar in this performance-driven drama. We get a double dose of the legendary cinema diva, madame Streep and Hoffman, who more than holds his own against the scene-stealin' queen. What could be better? Hoffman plays a priest who gets in the way of Streep's mother hen of a nun in every way. When word got out that the priest may not be what he seems, the mother hen must protect her chicks at all cost. Even if it means surrendering her beliefs and destroying the very foundation of her faith. Powerful but not overbearing.

3.5 STARS!

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