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October 26, 2011

Cold Fish





Director - Shion Sono

Genre - Drama/Thriller


Ozu and Kurosawa were pretty gung-ho about directing films about family values and how important it is to preserve those values. Shion Sono's picture here is like a rebellious reaction to that. Based on a true story, it's as if Sono is using the movie to say that although those values might be noble and righteous, the Japan that he knows now isn't living according to them. Which explains there is a rot in society and Sono has a way with showing the other side of humanity which is quite eye-opening. The characters here are shown in the harshest light and as cold as can be, which explains the title. You won't be able to sympathize with these people but watching them succumb to their fates won't be gratifying either. We get what Sono is bringing to the table. The thing is, we're not sure showing so much negativity helped the movie. The pessimism was definitely unnerving and we would've liked to have a lil' more hope in the cards.

2.5 STARS!

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October 21, 2011

Wu Xia








Director - Peter Chan

Genre - Action/Thriller


Peter Chan Ho Sun surprised us with this action thriller. Playing a detective who investigates with medically-inclined thoughts (almost like a forensic expert), Takeshi Kaneshiro plays down his looks to give the most standout performance of his career. Donnie Yen plays a simple man with a complicated past caught in the center of a murder scene and everything comes to boiling point when Takeshi uncovers a hidden secret. Wang Yu makes a comeback as a villain to beat all villains! His character is so menacing we could feel every shiver and tremble his victims experienced in his presence. All in all, this picture is different enough (the wondrously dynamic cinematography helped) and the martial arts is choreographed with just the right amount of fresh perspective to make it entertaining.

3.5 STARS!

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October 12, 2011

Martyrs








Director - Pascal Laugier

Genre - Horror/Thriller


The cinematography in this film is handled with panache and the acting by two of its leading actresses commendable. Those are the key points which made viewing it bearable in a very minimal way. If you're looking for a credible or entertaining story however, please give this a pass. Torturous and stomach-churning to watch for even the most seasoned gore flick lover, we had to endure scene of inexcusable, irresponsible violence. There are ways to show violence in a more clever, audience-friendly method as in 'The Human Centipede'. Most of you must be thinking we've gone mad depicting Tom Six's perverse virtuoso as being friendly to viewers but if put in comparison with this, it really is. So there you have it. Our take on a putrid piece of cinematic poison.

1 STAR!

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