Zero Bridge (2011)
"An amazing first film by a 29 year old director/screenwriter/cameraman on location in war-torn Kashmir. Not explicitly a radical film, it has references to this beautiful country's war-related suffering in almost every frame."
"A film that elevates Lee Chang-dong to the pantheon of directors who make great art out of the suffering of ordinary people: Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembene and Akira Kurosawa. A great work of art about the pain and aspirations of the lowly."
I Saw the Devil (2011)
"As with all other tendencies favoring the rise of the East as an industrial power, it would seem that movie-making is included. This is a top-notch thriller that is not to be missed and that puts Hollywood to shame."
District 9 (2009)
Alice In Wonderland (2002)
Into Eternity (2011)
How I Ended This Summer (2010)
"A film that shows how China's poor go through a Kafkaesque nightmare in a largely futile effort to get justice through Beijing's petition offices. Nominally ombudsmen, these offices largely serve to prevent justice from taking place."
Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
True Grit (2010)
"Another "edgy" movie by the Coens filled with the usual comic mixture of sadism and misanthropy, this time expressed through its two lead male characters, a bushwhacker veteran and a Texas Ranger, two of America's most malignant forces."
Secret Sunshine (2010)
"Brilliantly written, acted and directed, this is a work that evokes the Russian novel despite being a Korean film. Treats larger questions of life and death in the serious manner that they deserve. "
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Tiny Furniture (2010)
"Ben Stiller plays the most repellent character I have ever seen in a movie and that includes "Dracula". If you are going to feature a repellent character, you have to make him or her interesting. Bela Lugosi was a huge success by comparison."
White Material (2010)
"Despite its "postcolonial" reputation, this film does not allow a single African--especially the most important character--to have a single important speech. The rebel soldiers function mainly as zombies breaking down plantation doors to kill people."
And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)
Waste Land (2010)
A Film Unfinished (2010)
Last Train Home (2010)
"Despite being ruled by the Communist Party, the China depicted in this powerful documentary evokes Karl Marx: "The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.""
"Like "The Baader-Meinhof Complex", this is a largely pointless exercise meant to deliver the same kind of cheap thrills as "Bonnie and Clyde" or the Mesrine flicks. At least with straight-ahead gangster movies, you don't get the liberal moralizing."
"This flick was written by Stefan Aust, long-time editor of Der Spiegel, Germany's version of Time Magazine. Hence the lurid, superficial and reactionary tilt. The Baader-Meinhof gang was disgusting, but nearly as disgusting as the people they fought."
United Red Army (2011)
Prince of Broadway (2010)
"A very old-fashioned but stirring movie about family values, but not in the debased sense found on the Republican Party right. A gateway into the tastes and values of Chinese society unlike the typical Chinese film export geared to Western audiences."
The Lottery (2010)
Waiting for Superman (2010)
The Time That Remains (2011)
"A rather dispiriting attempt to graft the minimalist aesthetic of Jim Jarmusch on Palestinian suffering. A film no doubt intended for Western art houses rather than the Arab world, badly in need of courageous film-making."
"Unlike the current occupant of the White House, Spitzer clearly meant business when he said he wanted to clean up Wall Street. That is why he was brought down for buying sex, an act that has victimized few other politicians."
Punching the Clown (2010)
"A movie that not only plays fast and loose with the facts; it also puts a rather callow and narcissistic young man in the lead role. Despite the directors' intentions, the "villain" of this movie is much more attractive than the ostensible protagonist."
The Social Network (2010)
"While it does not really live up to the hyperbolic reviews, this is still a fascinating look at the craft of computer programming and the ostensibly boring question of intellectual property. Of course, it helps that the script is more fiction than fact."
Samson and Delilah (2010)
Red Hill (2010)
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010)
"A movie that has more in common with Jean Genet than Frantz Fanon, but there's enough insights into white colonial domination of Arab peoples to make this a cut above the standard prison melodrama. Highly recommended."
The Extra Man (2010)
I Do & I Don't (2007)