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.


April 25, 2010

Shutter Island








Director - Martin Scorsese

Genre - Mystery/Thriller


Right off the bat, we have to put it out there that the written version of which this film is based on had colored the landscape of our imagination with a chilling aftertaste well after the pages had turned yellow. An inmate in an institution which houses the insane as well as hardened criminals has escaped in seemingly impossible fashion. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a federal agent assigned to investigate exactly how this woman could have 'disappeared'. Martin Scorsese's favorite actor of the moment acted the pivotal role with a characterization which is too telling and the overall direction isn't as haunting as the book. Seriously, if given a choice, get the novel by Dennis Lehane instead. You won't regret it.

3 STARS!

All about Shutter Island

April 23, 2010

The Holy Mountain








Director - Alejandro Jodorowsky

Genre - Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi


Undecipherable film which will infuriate those not accustomed to Jodorowsky's special brand of cinema. The director had said himself that his style is highly instinctual, often without a script. This then feels like an oil painter putting layers and layers of paint onto his canvas. Sometimes those strokes he uses with his brush produces brilliance. Other times, it creates a mess. We're not really advocates of this style of making pictures but we wouldn't exactly call this a terrible watch. It just didn't sit well with us.

2.5 STARS!

All about The Holy Mountain

April 16, 2010

Taxi To The Dark Side








Director - Alex Gibney

Genre - Documentary/Crime/War


A question began to simmer and burn into our subconscious minds after viewing this documentary. Does hatred among human beings know no end? Violence perpetrated by mankind against each other remains rife and thriving as witnessed in the footages of torture and utter travesty put upon these prisoners of war. The film explores how a taxi driver who was innocent of any crime whatsoever came to be at the wrong place and time. Accounts ranging from his torturers and family members help to shed light on his last remaining days. An eye for an eye and the whole world goes sightless. When will we learn?

4.5 STARS!

All about Taxi To The Dark Side

April 15, 2010

YAM Issue 009


There you go, Amy's Yet Another Magazine (YAM) April 2010 edition (Issue 9). Check out her reviews on 'Shutter Island', 'City of Life and Death', 'Legion' and many more!

April 10, 2010

20th Century Boys: Part 1, 2 & 3






Director
- Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Genre - Adventure/Mystery/Thriller


When a manga series is condensed into a movie trilogy, a lot of the writer's intended purposes and thoughts are understandably sacrificed. '20th Century Boys' is a conscientiously woven tale about a modern day messiah who helped realize an end of days prophecy meant only as an innocent lark by a boy (Kenji). A band of renegades comprised of Kenji and his childhood friends decide to expose the enigmatic, masked messiah for who he is and a battle of epic proportions promptly ensued. The screen version of this cult comic had managed to retain its core essence, making do with picking out only the crucial elements of the mystery thriller. Which is fine by us, don't get us wrong. How else were they supposed to shoot it? What we didn't like though were the corny moments which seem to pop up time and again. When these moments appeared in the manga, it didn't seem out of place because the medium allows for silliness. On screen, these scenes are quite jarring especially when the characters go into serious mode or are faced with grim matters. The first part was the one we liked most as it wasn't as cheesy as the other two. Still, when looked at as a whole, it is an alternative kind of mind-bender which is inventive to say the least when compared to what's out there ('Lost' excluded, of course). Read the manga. It's a more complete experience.

3 STARS!

All about 20th Century Boys: Part 1, 2 & 3

April 2, 2010

Waltz With Bashir





Director - Ari Folman

Genre - Animation/Biography/War


Not so much an 'animated picture' in the traditional sense but a work of cinema employing the technique of animation to express itself better and more completely. By going the 2D route instead of using real sets and real actors as is the norm for scripts of such nature, the visual ambience of this film takes on a really refreshing quality. Based on the real war experiences of the director himself, the story is about how he attempts to retrieve his lost memories associated with those turbulent years. One of the strongest statements on war we've ever witnessed, it opened our eyes to the dark side of human nature and the unlimited avenues of visual style cinema may utilize. Prepare yourself for a deep analytical look into the psychosis of an average man thrown into unwarranted, uncalled for violence.

4 STARS!

All about Waltz With Bashir