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November 19, 2010

Repulsion








Director - Roman Polanski

Genre - Drama/Horror/Thriller


Roman Polanski's character study of a highly sensitive, tightly wound-up girl who slowly breaks apart from the many mental anguish tearing away mercilessly at her. Possessed by her own dark emotions and receiving no psychiatric relieve to ease her pain, this is a very insightful probe into what a person who is of unsound mind feels and endures. Catherine Deneuve is exquisite here, saying so much with her eyes and body movements with so little dialogue. Likewise, the photography was suitably unhinged and moving, leaving the film with a feeling of watching a life being snuffed out, breath by precious breath.

3.5 STARS!

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November 12, 2010

The Wages of Fear








Director - Henri-Georges Clouzot

Genre - Drama/Thriller


A nail-biting thriller from French maestro, Henri-Georges Clouzot. Four men volunteer to transport nitroglycerine for good money so that they can see the light at the end of their lives. Desperate and willing to do anything, the film really starts to crackle and sizzle when they begin their 'knocking on death's door' journey. One wrong move could cost them everything as the stuff they carry will explode if dropped. Clouzot's expert handling of the men's mental breakdown was just superb beyond believe. We felt like we were in those trucks ourselves, fighting for our necks.

4.5 STARS!

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November 6, 2010

Ghost Town








Director - David Koepp

Genre - Comedy/Fantasy/Romance


Ricky Gervais steers this movie into safe waters with his charm. He is really the embodiment of a huge teddy bear here and you will feel like pinching his cheeks. The script of a dentist (Gervais) who undergoes surgery and as a result, sees the residents of Netherworld appear before him is funny for the most parts but runs out of steam slightly towards the end. Its problem lies in the romantic direction headed for by Téa Leoni and Gervais. Both of them seem ill-fitted for each other and the chemistry practically non-existent. Fortunately, the dialogues are witty and as we said earlier, Gervais is in the house and really, that is the only reason to watch this.

3 STARS!

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November 1, 2010

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo








Director - Niels Arden Oplev

Genre - Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller


This is the first instalment of a 3-parter, adapted from a series of novels (Millennium Trilogy) by deceased Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. As a mystery thriller, it worked wonders that the film is mired in an atmosphere of believability. In breaking a case which was left unresolved 40 years ago, every move was carefully thought out. The whole process, as it should be, is very far removed from what you encounter in a Bruce Willis movie. Don't get us wrong here. There ARE plenty of action scenes and the violence isn't kept at arm's length either. The difference being, these occasions in the film are done with purpose, not because it turns on moviegoers every time a car goes flying in the air or when bad guy number 20's groin is shot to smithereens. Couple that with a heroine who is as fascinatingly complex and secretive as the story, this is the beginning of a trilogy we're waiting anxiously to complete.

4 STARS!

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