Blindspotting: The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin and Five Deadly Venoms

Blindspotting: The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin and Five Deadly Venoms

When I think of Kung Fu, I think of desaturated videotape stock, people being cut out of the frame and halting English dubbed in an attempt to match the characters’ mouths. Oh, and enough whooshing and whacking sounds to make a foley artist break into a sweat.

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Review: “Lucy”

Review: “Lucy”

Look at the big brain on Scarlett Johansson… I’m of two minds when it comes to Luc Besson’s new thriller.

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MSPIFF 2014 Review: Intruders

    Director: Young-Seok Noh Writer: Young-Seok Noh Producer: Sun-hee Choi Starring: Suk-ho Jun, Tae-kyung Oh MPAA Rating: NR Running time: 99 min. Country of Origin: South Korea Intruders screens tonight, April 10th at 9:50pm [tickets]       If you can generalize about a single country’s cinema, I think the safest statement you...

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Hot Docs 2014 Preview

So how do you go about choosing what you want to see at a film festival like Hot Docs (running from April 24th to May 4th in Toronto)? With a roster of 197 films from 43 different countries and a reputation for superb programming, you could probably randomly select 20 films and be exceedingly happy with the results. Or you could just let the staff do it for you...

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Review: Cheap Thrills

A near perfect title (targeting viewers as well as certain characters within the film) for a near perfect exercise in escalation, Cheap Thrills follows two desperate souls as they dive deeper into a game of cruel one-upmanship (for cash and prizes!) There can only be one possible direction for the game to finally take and the film steps you there in believable...

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