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The Flower of My Secret

The Flower of My Secret

I've never enjoyed chick flicks.Films like Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason strike me as cinematic equivalents to crack pipe hits for girls. They are down and dirty, pass the goods, quick fixes. Most chick...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2007

Unknown

Unknown

The way it plays out is elegantly simple: Five men find themselves in a warehouse unsure of who they are or how they got there. One of the men is tied to a chair. One...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2007

The Grudge 2

The Grudge 2

Low cost and high quality: Japan is king when it comes to assembly line production ethos and Grudge 2 director Takashi Shimizu takes that manufacturing approach in constructing this latest edition in the Grudge series....

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Aeon Flux

Aeon Flux

Music video director Anton Corbijn's video clip for industrial dance band Front 242's "Headhunter" featured a topless woman in a surreal black outfit holding a giant egg and wandering around a desolate industrial park. It's...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Sheitan

Sheitan

France's Vincent Cassel rivals Johnny Depp for the title of most-gifted-mainstream-actor-to-star-in-the-most-beguiling-movies. Johnny had Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Dead Man. Vincent had Irreversible and this film. But Vincent's French and Johnny just lives...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The God Who Wasn't There

The God Who Wasn't There

One could hardly think of a topic more likely to get people pissed off than questioning the very existence of Christ. I mean, you can bash Bush, you can harp on capitalism and you can...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Delicatessen

Delicatessen

Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet became the critics' darling with this whimsical romance Amelie, he was known to geek film aficionados the world over for crafting one of the early '90s most audacious and thrilling cult sleepers,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's meteoric rise to superstardom has been attributed to many different things; one could name check Eminem or Dr. Dre or point to changing hip-hop tastes. But 50 Cent's monopoly on rap...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

1959's Les Quatre cents coups, known in translation as The 400 Blows, birthed the French New Wave. It's also one of the 20 finest films ever made. Easy.Sure, Citizen Kane. Yes, The Bicycle Thief. Heck,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

After Paul W.S. Anderson unleashed the blockbuster Mortal Kombat, he could do no wrong in the eyes of millions of geeks. He was the fanboy's filmmaker, creating a video game movie that was as fun...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Sigaw

Sigaw

Asian horror's recent surge in popularity is indicative of, if anything, ignorance towards world cinema. Truth is, these "ghost movies" have been a fixture of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Filipino, and Indonesian cinema for decades,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Primeval

Primeval

If there was ever a film that was so awful it practically begged for the resurrection of the cult TV show Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (or MST3K), where geeks made fun of films while watching...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2007

Brazil

Brazil

Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) is a civil servant Dilbert at the Ministry of Information. He's a low level office grunt typing his way through a lifetime of meaningless papers in a retro-future totalitarian state. His...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

800 Bullets

800 Bullets

There is a mythic quality to the western. It's buried in the images: a lone cowboy silhouetted against the setting sun, tumbleweeds rolling to nowhere, a Winchester spun slowly, boots kicking dust. In the 1960s,...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

Danika

Danika

Danika Merrick (Marisa Tomei) is a young suburban mother with a large family and an over-active imagination. When the brutal armed robbery of the bank in which she works winds up being nothing more than...

Movie Review posted on 30th December 2006

Calvaire

Calvaire

Lounge singer Marc Stevens (Laurent Lucas) trolls the back roads of Belgium in a van crooning at old people's homes. On stage he's extraordinarily dapper, complete with a sequined cape and blush. He sings ballads...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2006

Darshan - The Embrace

Darshan - The Embrace

Ten years ago Jan Kounen (born in the Netherlands but working in France) was celebrated in Europe as a trailblazing cult filmmaker. Audiences thrilled to his short films (Gisele Kerozene and Vibroboy), pictures teeming with...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2006

Darshan - The Embrace

Darshan - The Embrace

Ten years ago Jan Kounen (born in the Netherlands but working in France) was celebrated in Europe as a trailblazing cult filmmaker. Audiences thrilled to his short films (Gisele Kerozene and Vibroboy), pictures teeming with...

Movie Review posted on 29th November 2006

Unknown

Unknown

The way it plays out is elegantly simple: Five men find themselves in a warehouse unsure of who they are or how they got there. One of the men is tied to a chair. One...

Movie Review posted on 29th November 2006

Benny's Video

Benny's Video

It's long been a staple of psychological profiling and often debated furiously, but the assumption that violent movies actually make people violent has some merit. How could it not, to some degree? I can remember...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel

Everyone loves a badass. A shit kicker. A name taker. By all accounts the very first badass in Western culture was Beowulf -- a bearded berserker as much at home wrestling with sea serpents as...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

Dust Devil

Dust Devil

When Richard Stanley appeared in 1990 with his first film, the cyberpunk splatter flick Hardware, the buzz was hot. While Hardware was surprisingly successful, it wasn't a great film. But it did have a unique...

Movie Review posted on 23rd November 2006

The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive

Frankenstein's monster holds a peculiar place in pop culture. Old bolt head, perhaps because of his British invention, remains the grimmest of screen ogres. When you think of the revisionist fiend trinity - vampire, wolfman,...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Visions of Suffering

Visions of Suffering

I can't recall at what point during my screening of Andrey Iskanov's Visions of Suffering that I decided I needed to sit down and close my eyes. I think it may have been the scene...

Movie Review posted on 16th November 2006

The Grudge 2

The Grudge 2

Low cost and high quality: Japan is king when it comes to assembly line production ethos and Grudge 2 director Takashi Shimizu takes that manufacturing approach in constructing this latest edition in the Grudge series....

Movie Review posted on 16th October 2006

Crank

Crank

They call it the "Beijing cocktail" and when it's injected into your bloodstream you've got about an hour to live. The science behind the drug is cloudy. But all you need to know is that...

Movie Review posted on 2nd September 2006

Idlewild

Idlewild

I didn't go into Idlewild expecting to see one of the best films of 2006. In fact, I didn't go into Idlewild, Bryan Barber's bootlegger/gangster musical, with any expectations. Perhaps Universal was equally perplexed. This...

Movie Review posted on 26th August 2006

Silent Hill

Silent Hill

I have not played the video game upon which this film is based, and I assume that that's not a prerequisite. If the game is anywhere as creepy and odd as this movie, perhaps I...

Movie Review posted on 23rd April 2006

Event Horizon

Event Horizon

After Paul W.S. Anderson unleashed the blockbuster Mortal Kombat, he could do no wrong in the eyes of millions of geeks. He was the fanboy's filmmaker, creating a video game movie that was as fun...

Movie Review posted on 18th April 2006

The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

1959's Les Quatre cents coups, known in translation as The 400 Blows, birthed the French New Wave. It's also one of the 20 finest films ever made. Easy.Sure, Citizen Kane. Yes, The Bicycle Thief. Heck,...

Movie Review posted on 16th April 2006

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