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Fires On The Plain

Fires On The Plain

A follow-up to his masterful and memorable Burmese Harp, Kon Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain is another searing anti-war exercise that makes its point simply by showing the suffering and degradation of Japanese soldiers abandoned...

Movie Review posted on 6th April 2007

Reflections in a Golden Eye

Reflections in a Golden Eye

Based on a Carson McCullers novella, Reflections in a Golden Eye is a sordid Southern Gothic melodrama that peeks into the bedroom windows of the officers of a rural army base and finds... depravity! With...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

The Boys of Baraka

The Boys of Baraka

Just when you think you're watching yet another touching documentary about triumph over adversity, The Boys of Baraka pulls the rug out and sends you flying, serving a painful lesson in the messy realities of...

Movie Review posted on 5th April 2007

The Burmese Harp

The Burmese Harp

The meaninglessness and waste of war is illustrated with heartrending precision in Kon Ichikawa's masterful Burmese Harp, a moving tale that takes place in the final days of World War II, when everyone involved takes...

Movie Review posted on 22nd March 2007

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

Two years ago when I reviewed Eating Out, I wrote, "You almost want a sequel just to see how hot and heavy it gets when all the characters are finally matched up with their appropriate...

Movie Review posted on 4th March 2007

Boy Culture

Boy Culture

One of the more literate and substantial gay-themed movies to come along in a while, Boy Culture (based on the equally intriguing novel by Matthew Rettenmund), looks at issues of sex, love, and commitment through...

Movie Review posted on 28th February 2007

The Taste of Tea

The Taste of Tea

Get ready for a heavy dose of delightful Japanese whimsy. Clocking in at two hours and 15 minutes, The Taste of Tea is long, but it floats by easily, and it never slows down. The...

Movie Review posted on 27th February 2007

Avenue Montaigne

Avenue Montaigne

An absolute must for Francophiles and a great choice for anyone who loves a vibrant ensemble dramedy, Avenue Montaigne is a bustling delight, a slice of Parisian artistic life that will have you dialing Air...

Movie Review posted on 16th February 2007

Be With Me

Be With Me

The Singapore film industry doesn't produce much, but when it does, the results are typically offbeat and fascinating. Be With Me is a powerful meditation on all kinds of love that packs its punch in...

Movie Review posted on 14th February 2007

Broken Sky

Broken Sky

It was about 30 minutes into Broken Sky when I finally realized that the film's two protagonists were probably never going to speak. And I was right. Other than a few words here and there,...

Movie Review posted on 10th February 2007

The Motel

The Motel

Check in here to remember everything bad about your teen years. A welcome addition to the "awkward adolescence" genre, The Motel captures a small slice of a boy's excruciating puberty with all its frustrations, humiliations,...

Movie Review posted on 10th February 2007

Feed

Feed

Aw, man. I just like totally lost my appetite. Feed is a repulsive and lame-brained mess equally distasteful to overeaters, undereaters, online porn enthusiasts, and, come to think of it, anyone else who goes to...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2007

Champion (2002)

Champion (2002)

Watch enough movies, and you'll learn that every country has its own Rocky. The Korean version is called, prosaically enough, Champion, and it chronicles the true story of Korean boxing phenom Deuk-gu Kim (Oh-sung Yoo),...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2007

Tsunami: The Aftermath

Tsunami: The Aftermath

As its title suggests, HBO Films' Tsunami: The Aftermath begins not with a crashing wave of water but rather with something far more chilling. A boatload of vacationing scuba divers returns to their Phuket resort...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2007

Shem

Shem

A bizarre European road trip that bounces from one city to another, Shem is a film that starts out strong but steadily loses its way until it flames out in an ending so misguided that...

Movie Review posted on 28th January 2007

Heading South

Heading South

Heading South is a sun-splashed trip to an unusual place -- Haiti -- and an unusual time -- the turbulent '70s, when the Duvalier dictatorship terrorized the country and drove it into the ruin in...

Movie Review posted on 28th January 2007

Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal

If you don't already worship at the Church of Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal may be the film that causes your conversion. Dame Judi tears into the meaty role of secretive spinster teacher Barbara...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

The Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai is one of several intense dramas of 19th-century feudal Japan written and directed by the highly esteemed Yôji Yamada, whose eye for period detail and ability to turn what might otherwise be...

Movie Review posted on 24th January 2007

Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal

If you don't already worship at the Church of Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal may be the film that causes your conversion. Dame Judi tears into the meaty role of secretive spinster teacher Barbara...

Movie Review posted on 22nd January 2007

The Protector

The Protector

I feel about Tony Jaa, the star of The Protector, precisely the way I feel about Tiger Woods: I want to be him. To have achieved such a high level of mastery over one's mind...

Movie Review posted on 17th January 2007

Red Dawn

Red Dawn

I wonder if someone tossed a copy of Red Dawn into Ronald Reagan's casket before they buried the old guy. I can't imagine a movie he would have loved more. A highly absurd Gipper-era relic,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

"There's a bright golden haze on the meadow," sings Curly (Gordon MacRae) as Oklahoma! kicks off. He's right. There's also a brilliant blue sky filled with cotton-candy clouds and rolling farmland and pretty girls in...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Tsunami: The Aftermath

Tsunami: The Aftermath

As its title suggests, HBO Films' Tsunami: The Aftermath begins not with a crashing wave of water but rather with something far more chilling. A boatload of vacationing scuba divers returns to their Phuket resort...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

Forty-two-year-old Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has just eight movies to his credit, but he's become an auteur on the most recent three, serving not only as director but also writer, editor, and producer. When you...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Die, Mommie, Die

Die, Mommie, Die

Charles Busch loves the movies. More specifically, he loves the grand dames of classic American cinema. He loves them so much that he likes to dress up like them and retell their best stories with...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

A Man Escaped

A Man Escaped

A Man Escaped succeeds simply as the most tingly, tension-filled prison escape caper you'll ever see, but given that the prison in question is Nazi sadist Klaus Barbie's holding pen for condemned French resistance fighters,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Fourteen-year-old Jodie Foster had a very busy and very weird year in 1976. There was Freaky Friday for Disney, there was Taxi Driver for Scorsese, and then there was this. Thirty years after its release,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai is one of several intense dramas of 19th-century feudal Japan written and directed by the highly esteemed Yôji Yamada, whose eye for period detail and ability to turn what might otherwise be...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Maude: Season One

Maude: Season One

One of the most controversial sitcoms of its era and still one of the most memorable for its strident political viewpoints, Maude probably never would have gotten on the air at all had it not...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner has traveled a long way: from stage (1939) to screen (1942) and then down through the decades to DVD, where we find it today. While this classic of erudite...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

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