Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009)
"Cinema rarely comes more hard-hitting (in every sense) than this - and yet there is a real tenderness around its rough edges, as well as a disarming compassion for the sort of characters so easily dismissed as mere monsters."
The Last House on the Left (2009)
In the Loop (2009)
JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)
The Fall (2006)
"As perhaps befits a film so concerned with being 'under the influence', Breathnach's hallucinogen-driven giallo turns its very derivativeness into a virtue, confounding viewers with a gleeful overdose of cinematic references."
Good Dick (2008)
"If peeking in on these two characters' most deep-seated dysfunctions might seem as intrusive as stalking and as exploitative as scopophilia, then Palka is at pains to expose the all too human yearnings that underlie both activities."
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Mist (2007)
"shows a merging of the random vagaries of time with the divine machinery of myth, to create a truly rounded picture of the factors that can turn a flesh-and-blood individual into a living legend on the very crest of history."
"Brimming with exploitation antics, grindhouse sensibilities and, heh heh, exploding bunnies, Doomsday conjures a future thrown back to the dead-end styles and amoral excesses of the eighties - and no future could be bleaker than that."
Dangerous Parking (2007)
The Escapist (2008)
Vantage Point (2008)
"With ensemble performances as intense as its drama, The Edge of Heaven leaves the viewer, like Nejat, sitting and waiting in patient awe for an end that will blow in either heavenly reconciliation or hellish oblivion."
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
"qualities normally regarded as the bedrock of the American Dream - rugged individualism, rampant entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches mobility - are flipped over to expose a dark undercurrent of monomaniacal male solipsism."
"coming-of-age meets coming-to-term, in a film that is refreshingly frank about sex and love, pokes fun at the clashes between age and class, and, even more subversively...celebrates the pregnant possibilities of the non-nuclear family."
"once the film has fully run its course there is little left to take away with you beyond rattled nerves, a mild sense of nausea, and the uneasy suspicion that the true horror of 9/11 has just been reduced to a dumb-assed entertainment."
"Patience, waiting, frustration, bad timing, lost opportunities - it takes a certain directorial boldness to highlight these as the principal themes of what is essentially a claustrophobic two-hander whose duration extends to nearly two and a half hours."
Paranoid Park (2007)
Southland Tales (2007)
The Nines (2007)
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)
"it is, like the limbo it portrays, a peculiar hybrid of recognisable, second-hand elements that somehow add up to something entirely sui generis - an idiosyncratic piece of magical realism whose characters are literally on the road to nowhere."
Day Watch (2007)
"all at once a complex morality tale, a dark mirror of post-Soviet Russia, and a masterpiece of dynamic surrealism, displaying some of the most imaginative visual effects yet seen in a feature-length movie."
Le Serpent (The Snake) (2006)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Shanghai Dreams (Qinghong) (2005)
Avenue Montaigne (2006)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
The Notorious Bettie Page (2006)
Look Both Ways (2006)