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February 22, 2011

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Director - Nicolas Roeg

Genre - Sci-Fi/Drama

This has all the hallmarks of a bad movie. An irreverent script and wooden acting by its cast especially one by the name of David Bowie (screen debut) should have hurt this film to its core. Remarkably, it still presents an interesting watch because of good editing, unique cinematography and lastly, Bowie despite his inability to act. Playing an alien who assumes the role of a big conglomerate titan, he is visually suitable mainly because of his own physical oddity. Making out of this world music, gaunt and gazelle-like with his left eye a different color from his right one, Bowie in real life is already like an alien. The ultimate clincher for us though is the off the cuff cinematography, turning this 'should be bad film' into a work of unrestrained artistic release outside the usual realm of what counts as a good picture.

3.5 STARS!

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February 14, 2011

Public Enemies

Director - Michael Mann

Genre - Biography/Crime/Drama

Michael Mann has a knack for making violent features with really dramatic possibilities. The opening of this film lunges straight for the jugular as we are introduced to John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), a dashing and reckless bank robber who is in the middle of a daring jailbreak. From that explosive start, we are let generously into the lives of Dillinger and his crew, with the former being the main focus. When Christian Bale enters the frame, it is in the guise of a determined lawman who is gunning for Dillinger's arrest as a career advancement. With Depp and Bale locking horns, apt attention is guaranteed. Depp is perfect for the role of a notorious 'folk hero' type bandit. We've never really like Depp's roles except for 'Donnie Brasco'. He usually lets his characters have too many 'ornaments' which kill the believability factor. This time we have to say we can't imagine anyone else acting the part.

3.5 STARS!

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February 7, 2011

3-4 x Jûgatsu

Director - Takeshi Kitano

Genre - Action/Comedy/Crime

Kitano's movies never really did it for us. He tends to direct pictures which are excruciatingly slow and the characters are always annoyingly uncommunicative. This one however, surprisingly, we liked. Written by Kitano himself, the script is about a petrol station attendant who pissed off some Yakuza gang members. Life for him takes a dip in the lower rungs of hell as the Yakuzas won't leave him alone. Kitano's sentiment and take on Japan's underworld here mostly comes off as being filled with disdain. They are shown in a very bad light with most of them being bungling fools or just plain dumb. It is also the funniest Kitano film we've ever witnessed, with Kitano himself providing most of the laughs by being an eccentric, possibly gay gangster. This is the opposite end of 'Godfather' and 'Goodfellas'. It is the other side of gangsta cool. And we totally dug it.


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