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.


January 26, 2010

Office Space








Director - Mike Judge

Genre - Comedy/Crime/Romance


Mike Judge broke out from the cocoon of his animated world in this feature. 'Idiocracy', his other live-feature which we actually saw before this had made our eyes burn with shame for being caught in the same room with it. This however, is a film worthy of its cult status. Judge's playful satire on the plight of those who clock in like trapped rats at 9 to 5 actually turned out to be a homerun! The jokes come hard and fast as we root for a group of underdogs who are very much like most of us. Underpaid, unnoticed and unappreciated. Well, if you're feeling down and cooped up in that little cubicle, pick this up and relish learning all the things you can do (we're not encouraging widespread white collar anarchy mind you) to your soul-deficient boss.

3 STARS!

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January 21, 2010

Nayak








Director - Satyajit Ray

Genre - Drama


India's populace adore their big screen heroes and oftentimes they will go so far as to attach a god-like status to these actors. Basically, if you're an A-list star in Bollywood, you're Zeus. In 'Nayak', Satyajit Ray literally ripped apart any romantic illusion associated with this blessed and chosen circle. An unavoidable trip taken in a train brings a famous actor's audience up-close and in his personal space, forcing him to have many reflective episodes of self-discovery and subsequently, an understanding of true significance. Ray's formidable strength is in taking a seemingly simple script and turning it into a work of tremendous depth and insight. It is almost as if his films enter a realm of heightened reality, the ironies of life becoming magnified ten-fold in his hands. Now, that's god-like.

5 STARS!

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January 14, 2010

The White Ribbon








Director - Michael Haneke

Genre - Crime/Drama/Thriller


Is this 2009 Palme d'Or winner worthy of the honor? What made it something uncommonly out of the loop in lieu of what has come before consists of Haneke's adept hand in capturing a period in time with detailed precision, the wonderful performances of the cast and an extremely memorable story. Every single consideration made in the direction of this unhurried thriller assured it will attain classic status, made to withstand the ages of filmmaking. Its script centers on a series of malicious, spiteful occurrences perpetuated by culprit(s) who hide in plain sight amongst a settlement of church-fearing Germans. Still waters don't necessarily mean that there are no gators though and the deceptively polite characters in the film hold some dark secrets of their own. We were doubtful whether it deserved its prize when we arrived at the end, but when our minds refused to be rid of Haneke's carefully realized images as if we suddenly had an epiphany, we accept the jury's choice. Humbly and sincerely.

5 STARS!

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January 10, 2010

Overheard








Director - Felix Chong & Alan Mak

Genre - Action/Drama/Thriller


A company is suspected to be involved in dirty dealings and the HK police assigned a special team to place bugging devices in the said company. 3 technicians in the team who are also close friends become privy to valuable secrets obtained from their round the clock surveillance and decide to use it to their advantage. This in turn becomes a catalyst for an avalanche of trouble for them and changes their lives forever. It is dramatically effective in most parts but don't hope for this to be anything more than a typical HK morality tale. You know the drill. Do good and good will be rewarded doubly on you. Do bad and bad will follow you to your grave. It's Fortune Cookie Philosophy 101 but still quite entertaining.

2.5 STARS!

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January 3, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen








Director - F. Gary Gray

Genre - Crime/Action/Thriller


Entertaining action-thriller starring two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Gerard Butler and Jamie "Give me that role, I can make pigs fly" Foxx. With these two playing a cat and mouse game involving the whole city, we're almost guaranteed a good time. Now comes the bad news. Like this review, the movie started out painting a picture we'd be sorry to overlook. Too bad it couldn't sustain its initial momentum of a clever thriller with action which blow your pants off. The middle section and what followed after that was just too over the top. Watch out for an unintentional, laugh out loud scene which wouldn't feel out of place in a Stephen Chow movie. It is still enjoyable though, just don't expect corn to taste like caviar.

3 STARS!

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