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Heartbeat Detector

Heartbeat Detector

It seems that the old dictum of never building a house on an ancient Indian burial ground goes double, if not triple, for corporations. For those who consider Enron, Halliburton, and Boeing graveyards of crimes...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2008

Blind Mountain

Blind Mountain

It sounds so promising: Xuemei, a naïve young woman, follows a man and a woman out to the boonies of early 1990s China in the hopes of securing a job with the company they run....

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2008

The Bank Job

The Bank Job

Based on some unspeakable, super classified bank robbery that took place in 1971 London, the investigation of which yielded no recovered money nor any arrests, Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job throttles its engines and tosses...

Movie Review posted on 7th March 2008

Cj7

Cj7

Stephen Chow, as a director anyways, has a pension for genre-jumping though his cinema is based almost solely on the idea of frenzy. Admittedly, my knowledge of this peculiar Chinese director-writer-actor is relegated to his...

Movie Review posted on 7th March 2008

Funny Games (1997)

Funny Games (1997)

What happened to the good old fashioned insane killer? Where did he go? Can we get him back? Hell, it can even be a she these days. Come on, people, aren't you a little tired...

Movie Review posted on 2nd March 2008

The Unforeseen

The Unforeseen

A huddle of construction workers stand atop a skyscraper they are building, preparing a fourth-quarter phase of the project. Small prayers are made before the lead of this small group takes a small silver cross...

Movie Review posted on 29th February 2008

City Of Men

City Of Men

Splintered off from Fernando Meirelles' undeniable City of God, Paulo Morelli's City of Men, a continuation of the acclaimed Sundance Channel TV series, takes on a similar ghetto with a similar Dickensian cast of gangsters,...

Movie Review posted on 29th February 2008

Chop Shop

Chop Shop

A young boy (Alejandro Polanco) starts off his day by waking up and opening the auto shop where he works before his friend (Carlos Zapata) and he hop onto the G line in Queens to...

Movie Review posted on 27th February 2008

The Signal

The Signal

Though in plot it shows more devotion to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse and Hideo Nakata's Ringu, David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry's The Signal is, essentially, very American in its paranoia. Set against New Year's...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

The Duchess of Langeais

The Duchess of Langeais

It's no mystery that men and women do unconscionable things in the name of love, but the way French-new-waver Jacques Rivette plays it in his adaptation of Balzac's Don't Touch the Axe, you would think...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters

Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters opens on a beach in Monte Carlo where Salomon Sorowitsch (the great Karl Markovics) is sitting in a nice suit and a briefcase. Ten minutes later, Salomon walks into the swankest...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

Inside

Inside

There won't be an image this year, Gallic or not, that quite compares to the sight of a black-garmented Béatrice Dalle cutting open the stomach of a pregnant woman with a pair of knitting scissors...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

Charlie Bartlett

Charlie Bartlett

A hot-ticket item at last year's Tribeca Film Festival and subsequently picked up by the Weinstein Company, Jon Poll's plodding Charlie Bartlett has the gumption to suggest, and then confirm the fact, that rich people,...

Movie Review posted on 22nd February 2008

Diary Of The Dead

Diary Of The Dead

Mere minutes into his latest exercise in politically-conscious cannibalism, an overtly-serious voice alerts us that this is not a movie by the inimitable George A. Romero. It is, in fact, a sort of video assemblage...

Movie Review posted on 15th February 2008

Night on Earth

Night on Earth

Riding around five shaded cityscapes in four different countries, Jim Jarmusch's nocturnal delight Night on Earth has the esteem of being the auteur's most accessible exercise to date while also being his least seen. After...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2008

Ezra

Ezra

Though the horrors of the diamond trade and government indiscretions in Sierra Leone are by no means news, Newton I. Aduaka's Ezra finds a grassroots way of exploring this mess of a situation, even if...

Movie Review posted on 13th February 2008

The Band's Visit

The Band's Visit

A fan favorite at last year's Cannes as well as Israel's controversial entry in the foreign-language Oscar race (a category that notoriously picks a majority of sub-par films; this one didn't make the cut), Eran...

Movie Review posted on 8th February 2008

Walker

Walker

Following his one-two punch of cultic cinema, Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, director Alex Cox went on to make two more films that consecrated his reputation as, well, a malcontent. It was 1987 and...

Movie Review posted on 6th February 2008

4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days

4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days

Confirming that Romanian cinema has become a true force to be reckoned with, Cristian Mungiu follows in the steps of Cristi Puiu's The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest with...

Movie Review posted on 25th January 2008

Teeth

Teeth

There are three bitten-off penises in plain sight in Mitchell Lichtenstein's Teeth, all three accompanied by shots of the gaping, below-the-equator wound. One of them, in the film's most grotesque sight gag, plops onto the...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2008

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Banned in China equally for its depiction of Tiananmen Square in 1989 and for its inclusion of both male and female nudity for the first time in Mainland China's cinematic history, "Sixth Generation" Chinese helmer...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2008

Still Life

Still Life

Though it takes place in a real place and depicts the results of a real undertaking in the river city of Fengjie, China, Still Life, the latest unclassifiable exercise by the equally-unclassifiable Chinese auteur Jia...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2008

Woman on the Beach

Woman on the Beach

Certainly the most Gallic of current Asian filmmakers in his treatment of male/female interactions and dynamics, South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo comes one step closer to recognition with Woman on the Beach, his second feature...

Movie Review posted on 9th January 2008

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Approaching a film like Luis Buñuel's The Milky Way isn't a cut-and-dry affair. Part of you wants to look at it in the pantheon of Buñuel's oeuvre, citing his patented sense of sarcasm, skepticism, and...

Movie Review posted on 27th December 2007

The Walker

The Walker

There are several things being chatted and whispered about in the backrooms, parlors and bars of Paul Shrader's Washington but nothing distinctive. The closest to a controversy comes when a few specific so-and-sos ruminate about...

Movie Review posted on 13th December 2007

Atonement

Atonement

Halfway into his masterful 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Joe Wright's camera enters the tight hallways and expansive rooms of a late-18th-century estate with several suites dedicated to smoking, gossiping and dancing....

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2007

Juno

Juno

Ellen Page plays a quirky teenager in Jason Reitman's Juno but she does so in a way I've rarely witnessed before. She's not rebelling from medication like Natalie Portman in Garden State, nor is she...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2007

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Jean-Dominique Bauby, Jean-Do to his loved ones, was an editor for the Parisian branch of Elle magazine before he suffered a stroke at 43 and became completely paralyzed save one eye. A playboy of sorts,...

Movie Review posted on 30th November 2007

The Savages

The Savages

Tamara Jenkins' The Savages opens with old people acting their age: playing a few holes of golf, aqua-aerobics, and even a dance troupe fitted with matching blue-and-silver leotards. Ideally, this is the way to slip...

Movie Review posted on 28th November 2007

I'm Not There

I'm Not There

We first meet the real Bob Dylan, lit by a spotlight and blowing into a harmonica with his eyes turned ever-downward, at the very end of Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. (The footage comes from...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2007

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