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So this is one possible outcome when a film, here a science fiction think-piece, is based on a critical essay? That essay was penned by eastern bloc author Stanislaw Lem perhaps best known as the author of book used for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solyaris (an adaptation the author was not particularly happy with, albeit it is one of the key films of science...

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Review: Mesrine – L’instinct de mort

There are so few bonafide movie stars these days. These are actors that can light up the screen in such a way that even in a highly stylized and kinetic motion picture about an infamous personality, all eyes are riveted on the curve of the mouth or the lift of a brow of the player: Insouciance is celebrated. Vincent Cassel is certainly one of those actors....

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Review: Overheard

The directorial and writing team behind Infernal Affairs (Felix Chong and Alan Mak) return with a new crime thriller, Overheard and unfortunately they are not able to recapture the magic of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. While the concept behind Overheard could lend itself to a very interesting thriller or drama the movie is weighed down by bloated plotting and...

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Review: Accident

There is really something to be said for movies that catch you off guard when it comes to the story they are telling. Going in expecting one thing and coming out with something else is one of the great pleasures of movie going. You might not always get what you originally wanted but when you get something else that is highly entertaining or thought provoking...

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Review: The Secret Reunion

No one is currently doing movies that combine moments of horror, comedy, action and drama like the South Koreans in my opinion and the leader of the pack in cross-theme movies is actor Song Kang-ho. He somehow makes the character trait of bumbling-but-oddly-proficient seem like it makes sense. In Hun Jang’s The Secret Reunion the focus is the...

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Review: A FROZEN FLOWER

This is the danger of ignoring the Korean Film industry, while Chungmuro has not been operating at quite the level of the early 2000s heyday, there are still some real gems to be found out there. So colour me surprised when the 2008 blockbuster A Frozen Flower re-invigorates the ubiquitous costume genre with a lot of steamy sex and heady adult melodrama....

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Review: TECHNOTISE – EDIT & I

There is a moment at about the halfway point in manga inspired Serbian animated film Technotise: Edit & I where the lead character has intense consensual sex with her own central nervous system. The moment is a transcendent one both on a visual level but also in looking how identity can be divorced from the flesh but still used for physical gratification....

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Review: AT WORLD’S END

This ridiculously fun adventure flick that combines 1980s style comedy-adventure film a la Romancing The Stone with the mannered deadpan sensibility of Danish comedy. That At World’s End is a Anders Thomas Jensen screenplay is immediately obvious despite the grenades-and-jungle clothing. Shot all over the world, from Copenhagen to Jakharta to Sydney, it...

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Review: Down Terrace

Fans of The Sopranos will be hard pressed to not come away from Ben Wheatley’s Down Terrace with their jaw dropped to the floor. Wheatley’s first feature film is a deep look into a family that is held together for all the wrong reasons. Bill (Robert Hill), the patriarch and head of a small collection of British Criminals has just been released from...

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Review: Mandrill

At one of the after parties for Fantasia a few of us we’re discussing the Chilean film Mandrill and how its star Marko Zaror should play the evil boss’s henchmen in the next Bond film. This was not just some random thought as just like Daniel Craig in the new Bond films Zaror has the suaveness and screen presence to play Bond but the physical...

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