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.


November 27, 2011

Drive









Director - Nicolas Winding Refn

Genre - Crime/Drama/Thriller



Set in an 80's vibe with a pulsating mood-driven soundtrack by Cliff Martinez (we thought it was composed by Angelo Badalamenti at first), this Nicolas Winding Refn vehicle incorporates arthouse sensibility within the genre of action drama. Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver who occasionally drives the getaway car for robbers. His enclosed world starts to overturn when he falls in love with his neighbor (Carey Mulligan). When her deadbeat husband comes back into her life, our hero is forced to make some of the hardest decisions ever in his life. Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks (playing well against type) are the quintessential thorns in his side, their presence symbolizing bad omens forever waiting to throw his life into the bowels of damnation. There are so many reasons why we love this film we don't even know where to begin. Let's just say everything that could go right in a movie did here, and everything that could go wrong didn't. Oh, and Gosling is so irresistibly cool in this he quite possibly could kick start a trend with toothpicks!

5 STARS!

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November 25, 2011

Band of Outsiders









Director - Jean-Luc Godard

Genre - Crime/Drama



Jean-Luc Godard's uber-hip film about two small time hoodlums and the simple-minded girl who went along with their undesirable acts of crime. Unlike the usual treatment of movies depicting robberies and criminality, Godard's style is one of carefree nonchalance. Preferring to show them talking endlessly and idling their time away. When the crime does happen, let's just say...it ain't 'Heat'. But the thing is, the movie still remained cool without all the fast paced action. Godard is a funny bird. When others fall into formation and fly south, he takes the opposite route deliberately, spreading his wings proudly and without fear of the unchartered territories. As cineasts, the discovery of Godard's genius is like an unearthing of a priceless treasure. Highly enjoyable tryst with a true master of cinema.

5 STARS!


November 17, 2011

Conviction









Director - Tony Goldwyn

Genre - Biography/Drama



Sam Rockwell plays a wrongly convicted person in a law drama which plays all its cards right. Innocent man - check. Corrupt system - check. Vindication in the end - check. When a courtroom picture takes all these into consideration and is based on a true story to boot, it's highly unlikely that it won't appeal to the general audience. We ourselves admittedly, have a strong liking for movies like 'Hurricane' where the person who is wrongly put in jail makes it out and justice is finally served. In 'Conviction', the selfless advocate of the poor bastard is his own sister (Hilary Swank) who studied law so she could become a lawyer and get her brother out for Christ sakes! That alone upped the tear-tugging factor and watchability a hundred notches.

3.5 STARS!

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November 8, 2011

Important Announcement!

A blog by the name of Movie Junkeee (moviejunkeee.blogspot.com) has ransacked our trove of reviews and claimed it as his own (word by word and by manipulating posting dates)! This is a gross infringement of our blog which we worked hard to maintain. To have an entire blog made up of other's toil and time is just plain rude. Should we be flattered that he chose our reviews to plagiarize and not the writings of other reviewers? No! We feel like we've been burglarized. So, we hereby would like for this blog to cease operations with immediate effect. That is the decent thing to do.

What do you think, fellow bloggers? Is this guy a deadbeat or what?

November 7, 2011

Let Me In








Director - Matt Reeves

Genre - Drama/Fantasy/Horror


After watching the original 'Let The Right One In', we were a lil' skeptical when it was announced that the story would be given an American treatment. The inclusion of Chloe Grace Moretz in the cast gave us hope though and we dived in. The verdict? We're glad to announce that this is just as good as the original. Goes to show that with the right cast and a story which begs retelling, lightning can and will actually hit twice. While the Swedish version was more of a slow burn which practically exploded sky high at the end, this one maintains an on the edge quality throughout. The brutally violent air which peeked out on occasions in the Swedish version is let out to roam freely here, with a rhythm which is faster and more pronounced. Like a Beatles song, a good story CAN be given a lil' tweak and still be just as great. But if you don't know who the Beatles are and don't get the reference, go back to listening Britney Spears and watching movies like Final Destination 10.

5 STARS!

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