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Rating Title/Year Author
Ad Astra (2019) J Hurtado [T]he best way to experience Ad Astra, is to let it wash over you, allow its masterful use of light and sound to enhance an already incredible piece of writing and a tremendous performance from Pitt. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
His Master's Voice (Az ur hangja) (2018) J Hurtado In spite of arresting imagery and Pálfi's very visible fingerprints in what seems like it should be a match made in sci-fi heaven, His Master's Voice ends up as a mostly mixed bag. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Ghost of the Golden Groves (Shonajhurir Bhoot) (2018) J Hurtado Ghost of the Golden Groves deserves an audience willing to engage with its mysteries, and I hope it finds one. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Saand Ki Aankh (2019) J Hurtado [A] solidly entertaining piece of "girl power" masala that I found roundly engaging and worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) J Hurtado Why Don't You Just Die! is a smartly constructed and blisteringly paced bit of chaos that is impressive to watch, even for those susceptible to queasiness at the sight of blood. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Bad Boys for Life (2020) J Hurtado Bad Boys For Life felt like a flatly retold version of the original film, lacking in the kind of out of control ego that drove Bay's previous entries to become the icons of excessive action violence in their respective decades. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4.0/5 Weathering With You (2019) Peter Martin Takes flight into the fantastical while never losing sight of earthbound realities. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
Dead Time: Kala (2007) Ard Vijn If you love either Film Noir or fantasy, go see this film! It will take you for quite a ride if you'll allow it to. And I definitely hope Joko Anwar makes a sequel someday. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
() Ard Vijn "Accuracy of Death" is by no means a masterpiece and will not floor you with new stunning insights into human nature, yet it still manages to be quite a pleasant little movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Yasukuni (2007) Ard Vijn It gets more interesting as it proceeds with ever more colorful people being interviewed, so perseverance is rewarded. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Zoku Akutokui: Joi-hen (1967) Ard Vijn Instead of settling for silly sex film or gory sensationalism, "Madame O" actually turns into an artful psychological thriller, complete with a riveting finale. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008) Ard Vijn Most of the segments are really well done though, my personal fave being the gorgeous "Have I Got a Story For You", which also has the audacity of being an anthology within an anthology. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Azur & Asmar (2006) Ard Vijn An incredibly beautiful work of art, "Azur & Asmar" is a marvel for young and old. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) Ard Vijn One of the best animated movies of the last few decades and certainly one the most original, it comes with the highest possible recommendation. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Ponyo (2008) Ard Vijn The environments on display are even richer than those shown in "Nausicaä", yet that movie has a much tighter structure. In the end it just doesn't matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Dante 01 (2008) Ard Vijn Good acting and impressive cinematography alone cannot keep this ship afloat. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Strange Behavior (1981) Ard Vijn At the very least "Strange Behavior" is a nice guilty pleasure, but sometimes it's considerably better than that. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Dark Forces (1980) Ard Vijn "Harlequin" is a curious thriller which at times fails to make its point clear but nevertheless remains remarkably engrossing, primarily because of the very good acting by all persons involved. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Faces of Death (1978) Ard Vijn Many of the segments have lost their ability to shock, or can easily be recognized as fake by today's more media-savvy audience. Interesting as a curious bit of film history, but nothing more. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Die Säge des Todes (1981) Ard Vijn "Bloody Moon" is not a movie which I'd call great, it is too shallow and obvious for that. But it's definitely well-made (rather than well-written or well-acted) and basically achieves its goals. Most important of all, it is NOT boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
() Ard Vijn It delivers on thrills and jokes, and the three central characters are a sight to behold. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Fascination (1979) Ard Vijn It is definitely recommended for Rollin fans, but for all others I say give it a try but expect the usual trappings of dated horror. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Bronson (2008) Ard Vijn Whichever part you feel the most uncomfortable with, it's worth enduring it for "Bronson" is filled with imaginative and memorable imagery. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Il Divo (2008) Ard Vijn Sumptuous filmmaking at its most flashiest, "Il Divo" may distance some people but I found it to be riveting. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
The Forbidden Door (2009) Ard Vijn "The Forbidden Door" looks gorgeous (despite its budget!) and jumps effortlessly from genre to genre without alienating its audience. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (2009) Ard Vijn Not only does it describe the atrocity mentioned in the title, but the movie also gives a fascinating insight in the inner workings of a country which, however often mentioned in the news, remains a hopeless question mark. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Achilles and the Tortoise (2008) Ard Vijn As the third part of a self-mocking trilogy "Achilles and the Tortoise" may be a bit long in the tooth, but as a standalone film about the perceived value of art it has quite some interesting things to say. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
The Coffin (2008) Ard Vijn "The Coffin" in its current form is... a flawed piece. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Babi buta yang ingin terbang (Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly) (2008) Ard Vijn I was interested to see if "Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly" could convey the inner turmoil which director Edwin so easily describes in the short synopsis he put in the press map. The answer to that is "yes." EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008) Ard Vijn "Maman Est Chez Le Coiffeur" doesn't try to magically produce a happy ending, nor does it become a spectacular tragedy. And for this movie, such an approach works. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
35 Shots of Rum (2008) Ard Vijn It's a remarkably nice picture, with people who are for a change not out to make each other's lives deliberately miserable. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
() Ard Vijn Shinya Tsukamoto has made a very impressive film with some strong statements about loss and grief, and has wrapped this in a fantasy horror mystery thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Les Démoniaques (1974) Ard Vijn I wouldn't go as far as to say this was "a good film" or recommend it to non-geek friends, for it's silly and not scary at all, but it's not boring either. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
The Sky Crawlers (2008) Ard Vijn With it's serious tone and lack of speed "The Sky Crawlers" may not be for everyone, but it sure got ME! EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
() Ard Vijn Kyoko's journey towards revenge is an odd one and never invites the audience to really take her side, no matter how much of a bastard Katsuragawa is. And without a lead to really root for, this film never gets above the level of "interesting" at best. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4bia (2008) Ard Vijn A good-looking film with plenty of hardcore scares and one unexpectedly funny segment as well, this film comes highly recommended. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Grace (2009) Ard Vijn Unfortunately, Solet fails to end his movie in a satisfactory way, and that left me with a bad taste and a nagging feeling that the movie was a very bad joke. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4.5/5 More Than Blue (2009) Ard Vijn The film becomes very poetic on many levels. If you think the twists work they'll seem brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
11 Minutes Ago (2007) Ard Vijn "11 Minutes Ago" is indeed a clever little movie, warts and all. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Missing (2009) Ard Vijn It's not a great film, maybe not even a good one, but it's pretty good at being unlike what it seems to be. It should mildly satisfy gore hounds and horror enthusiasts. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009) Ard Vijn I shouldn't be surprised that this film failed on almost every level, given the filmmakers previous work and I have to lay the blame on Kemp who should stick with producing films and have more competent directors handle the actual filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Stingray Sam (2009) Ard Vijn "Stingray Sam" is a cleverly made loving tribute to the serials of old (be they "cowboy" or "spaceman" ones), and a darn' funny one too. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Breathless (2009) Ard Vijn "Breathless" is an impressive directing debut and a big advertisement for the acting skills of both Yang Ik-June and Kim Kkobbi. I'll be closely watching their careers. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
() Ard Vijn With "Morphia", Balabanov tells a run-of-the-mill addiction story but keeps things surprisingly beautiful and compelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Summer Days With Coo (2007) Ard Vijn "Summer Days with Coo" is a very competently made animation, with the depiction of Koichi's family being the true highlight here (obviously director Hara Keiichi's strongest talent). EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009) Ard Vijn It's irreverent and very funny, especially when seen with a jolly group of people. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Genius Party (2007) Ard Vijn If you have any love for animation as a medium of art, I cannot recommend this collection enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Genius Party Beyond (2008) Ard Vijn This second collection named "Genius Party Beyond" only heightens the mean quality of these shorts, implausible though that sounds. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
John Rabe (2009) Ard Vijn Given the subject matter of "John Rabe" I expected a bit more than a typical Milos Forman-esque preaching biopic. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
Assault Girls (2009) Ard Vijn Wildly uneven as a movie, "Assault Girls" is far from a classic but that doesn't stop it from being eminently watchable. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020