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Choking Man

Choking Man

In addition to directing pretty much every great music video of the 1980s, including Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and A-ha's "Take On Me," Irish director Steve Barron has racked up an electic list of credits...

Movie Review posted on 14th August 2008

The Ballad of Narayama

The Ballad of Narayama

As you make your way through previous winners of the Cannes Film Festival's Palme D'Or, be sure to stop at 1983 to watch The Ballad of Narayama, a remarkable comedy/drama that lives up to that...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2008

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

John Woo turns up as a producer of Blood Brothers, and it's not too surprising since the film is a reimagining of an earlier Woo effort, Bullet in the Head, which has a similar setup...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2008

Undoing

Undoing

Some people have what it takes to get revenge. Some people don't. That's the painful lesson that Sam Kim (Sung Kang) learns as he pokes a stick into the hornet's nest of L.A.'s drug underworld...

Movie Review posted on 2nd August 2008

Blast Of Silence

Blast Of Silence

There's noir, and then there's noir. Blast of Silence is an absolutely crackling down-and-dirty 90 minutes of gritty New York streets, two-bit hoodlums, and sleazy bars. Accompanied by an absolutely classic noir narration that you...

Movie Review posted on 2nd August 2008

Silk

Silk

No matter how many Asian ghost stories I watch -- and I've watched a lot -- I can never get a handle on what it is exactly that Asian ghosts want. Some are sad, some...

Movie Review posted on 1st August 2008

Dai-Nipponjin

Dai-Nipponjin

I can safely say that you've never seen a monster movie quite like this. Dai-Nipponjin (one translation would be Big Japan Man) takes all the components of classic Japanese monster movies, mixes in a healthy...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2008

Accuracy Of Death

Accuracy Of Death

If you stayed awake long enough at Meet Joe Black to develop a negative opinion about good-looking grim reapers, Accuracy of Death is a helpful tonic. This elegant and witty Japanese take on life and...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2008

Finishing The Game

Finishing The Game

Finishing the Game is a big fun goof, a gift from leading Asian-American director Justin Lin to all his actor buddies. Everyone from Ron Jeremy to the voice of George Takei puts in an appearance....

Movie Review posted on 28th June 2008

Only for You

Only for You

The most memorable thing about the otherwise neither-here-nor-there Only For You is the coloration of the cast's cheeks. Never before have I seen so many excessively rosy red cheeks in a film before. Either the...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

Take Out

Take Out

Shot in 2004 but making it to the big screen a long four years later, Take Out was worth the wait. This urgent little drama, shot on a shoestring with a frantic handheld digital video...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

Socket

Socket

A movie about electric sex would be fine with me. Too bad Socket is seriously lacking in juice. This low-powered sci-fi exercise is actually a soft-core gay skin flick (with full-frontal nudity) masquerading as some...

Movie Review posted on 26th June 2008

A Very Serious Person

A Very Serious Person

Charles Busch is best known as a comedic playwright, but sometimes he takes his shows to the big screen and turns them into small-scale but entertaining oddities, Psycho Beach Party and Die, Mommie, Die being...

Movie Review posted on 21st June 2008

A Perfect Fit

A Perfect Fit

Adrian Grenier has become a famous actor by not doing much. In his starring role as Vinny Chase in HBO's Entourage, his main task is to play it cool and quiet while his merry band...

Movie Review posted on 21st June 2008

Young Yakuza

Young Yakuza

I have to admit that Young Yakuza had me fooled. Due to my inability to read Japanese interstitial titles, I assumed I was watching a modern-day verite-style drama of life in the Japanese underworld. It...

Movie Review posted on 19th June 2008

The Man of My Life

The Man of My Life

I'm an absolute sucker for movies about rich French people relaxing in country homes built of yellow stone somewhere on a hillside in Provence. A large outdoor dining table surrounded by mismatched chairs overlooks the...

Movie Review posted on 19th June 2008

Little Fugitive

Little Fugitive

A forgotten minor classic that is perhaps the most influential independent film of the '50s, Little Fugitive looks like nothing that came before it, but its DNA can be seen in many films that came...

Movie Review posted on 18th June 2008

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City

As a college student hoping for a career in the "glamorous world of magazine publishing" back in the '80s, I was captivated by Jay McInerney's 1984 novel Bright Lights, Big City, which depicts that world...

Movie Review posted on 18th June 2008

Flash Point

Flash Point

If you're a fan of Hong Kong police flicks, then you know that at any given moment, it seems like 50 percent of the force is deep undercover in the triads. You'd think by now...

Movie Review posted on 14th June 2008

Blind Dating

Blind Dating

Here's a description of Blind Dating for you to imagine: it's American Pie meets The Miracle Worker with a dash of Scent of a Woman and just a touch of Missisippi Masala. Got it?Danny (Chris...

Movie Review posted on 14th June 2008

You Belong to Me

You Belong to Me

A tip of the reviewer's hat to Sam Zalutsky, the writer/director of You Belong to Me for keeping his thriller short, tight, and remarkably free of clichés that could easily have swamped his tense little...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2008

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Among the many fascinating things about the HBO documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is its withering scorn for the jackal-like press packs that surrounded Polanski throughout the legal ordeal he went through in Los...

Movie Review posted on 11th June 2008

Up the Yangtze

Up the Yangtze

Up the Yangtze is a masterful exercise in documentary filmmaking, seamlessly blending history, facts and figures, not one but two narrative threads, and almost unbearably intimate cinematography to capture China's past, present, and future in...

Movie Review posted on 26th May 2008

Tokyo Chorus

Tokyo Chorus

The earliest of three silent comedies directed by Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu and released by The Criterion Collection, 1931's Tokyo Chorus is one of many early Ozu films that clearly telegraph all the thematic concerns...

Movie Review posted on 7th May 2008

I Was Born, But...

I Was Born, But...

Like several other critics who have reviewed I Was Born, But..., I couldn't help but think of The Little Rascals as I watched this 1932 silent Japanese film, and I enjoyed every minute of it....

Movie Review posted on 5th May 2008

Passing Fancy

Passing Fancy

One of several early silent family comedies by Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu released by the Criterion Collection, Passing Fancy is a delightful little tale with charming performances and lots of prewar Japanese atmosphere to soak...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2008

Never Forever

Never Forever

Despite a slightly stilted setup and a couple of cinema-style coincidences, Never Forever is a tight, sexy, and compelling melodrama that tackles some tough issues. It's the kind of date movie that will definitely give...

Movie Review posted on 14th April 2008

White Mane

White Mane

A lesser-known short by the French master filmmaker Albert Lamorisse, whose Red Balloon is an all-time classic, White Mane is a beautiful but somewhat disturbing allegory that looks at first glance like a boy's adventure...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2008

The Red Balloon

The Red Balloon

Do you remember the first time you saw The Red Balloon? If you're of a certain age, you were probably in your third grade classroom eagerly waiting for your teacher to roll in the projector...

Movie Review posted on 10th April 2008

Eye In The Sky

Eye In The Sky

They say the Hong Kong film industry has lost a lot of steam in recent years, and I tend to agree. Lately it seems that all the movies being released there are either dim-witted comedies...

Movie Review posted on 25th March 2008

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