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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Christiane F
Christiane F(1981)

saw this when i was 7. it was the first time i'd ever seen people yakking in movies. it didn't make a whole lotta sense to me at the time but i never forgot it.

Homicide: The Movie
½

what a crappy ending to a great show. it was nice to see old faces from previous seasons but the writing was just shabby. even andre braugher couldn't save it.

Wassup Rockers

a few funny moments, not as original as kids.

Address Unknown
½

typical kim ki duk cast and "outsider" themed story. the bi-racial identity conflict [which looked extremely fake] and the one eyed girl were memorable elements. the scene where the dog catcher met his demise epitomizes kkd's knack for irony.

Between the Folds
½

really liked chris palmer's integration of origami with light sculpture. kudos to Gould on winning a peabody.

Infamy
Infamy(2005)

fascinating character studies of urban derelicts. very entertaining.

Triangle (Tie saam gok)
½

the last chapter was hilarious but overall this was quite a disappointment. especially considering the caliber of the 3 directors.

Champion
Champion(2005)

a lot of his memories involved hand grenades.. but his life is a surprisingly uplifting story.

The Straight Story

walt disney and david lynch.. quite the unexpected pairing. it started off with lynch's trademark slow arcing pans that are so damn subtle and creepy but it quickly became more of a disney affair. this is probably the best G-rated movie i've ever seen. spacek's stutter was impeccable.

Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)

damn, what a long movie. it maintained a solid pace though and was entertaining from beginning to end. miklo is cold blooded.

My Name Is Albert Ayler

sad, beautiful and truly insightful. worth watching even if you think avant/free jazz is just ridiculous noise. Ayler's dedication to his vision of new expression is eerily manic but so pure and persuasive. completely inimitable and raw, r.i.p. Albert.

Tony Takitani
½

the minimal dialogue was nice. the overtones of loneliness and masochistic deprivation were pretty standard japanese fare.

Arumdabda (Beautiful)
½

kim ki-duk has always been hit & miss for me and this was a miss. the pitfalls of beauty and unwanted admirers aren't concepts i relate to. the final scene in the morgue was disturbing.

Soom (Breath)
½

the cell decorations were beautiful. Park played the psycho, bored wife role all too well. the scene-flipping between the snowman family and the conjugal visit was very demented.

Deep Cover
Deep Cover(1992)
½

the slow-mo freebase intro is too nice. jeff goldblum was ludicrous as a badguy lawyer.

Pi
Pi(1998)

confusing and schizoid, but in good ways.

La Haine
La Haine(1996)

troubled youths in a french ghetto.. sounds a bit cliche for the 90s but it was very entertaining. great ending.

Leviathan
Leviathan(1989)

the trailer is a straight up infomercial. "HUGE PROFITS HEADED YOUR WAY!" ala ron popeil himself. the movie sucked, i wouldn't pay $89.99 even for the laserdisc and standee.

Ninja III: The Domination

innocent aerobics instructor becomes possessed by the soul of an evil ninja. pure class.

Gomorrah (Gomorra)
½

savage mob story with plush camera work. reminiscent of Meirelles.

The Fourth Kind
½

i was a believer until the levitation scene. gimmicky and ultimately quite terrible.

Buffalo '66
Buffalo '66(1998)
½

very nice. not your run of the mill delinquent tale but hey it's Gallo so you know it's gonna be nefarious.

Stay
Stay(2005)
½

strong angular theme going on here.. tons of perpendicular and parallel lines in almost every shot. and with the motion of the camera it gets real vector-y . the plot was so-so. this is a very pretty movie.

The Hurt Locker

props to Bigelow. there's nothing particularly fetching about the story or visual experience but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

The Way Things Go
½

this rube goldberg madness is heavy on chemistry and pyro. the grainy bubble/fizz close-ups were nice.

Let the Right One In

it's great to see unconventional yet successful films in a genre flooded by cruft. the desolate suburban stockholm winter scenes were a perfect backdrop for the story. Eli's performance was amazing, what a creepy kid. fantastisk.

Stellet Licht (Silent Light)
½

mennonite infidelity in rural mexico.. the story is interesting but the cinematography takes the cake. the extremely slow-paced, luscious camerawork is gorgeous.

Arena: The Strange Story of Joe Meek

occasionally interesting documentary about an eccentric tone-deaf music producer in the UK. didn't care much for the music but the conversation with the cat was very entertaining.

Lilja 4-ever
Lilja 4-ever(2003)

very convincing but so bleak, depressing and brutal that i kinda wish i never saw it.

Gates of Heaven

love, loss and pet cemetery business drama.. mostly sad and reflective but beautiful as a whole. loved the scene where he doodled his business plan as heart / dollar.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)

pocahontas on mars. very predictable, cliched story. the best part was 3D swedish subtitles.

Coast Guard
Coast Guard(2005)
½

not one of KKD's better ones but enjoyable if you're in a twisted mood.

13 Tzameti
13 Tzameti(2005)

wow, i had no expectations and was floored by the end. the cinematography is simple and beautiful in black in white and definitely throwback style but the story and acting are what make this a 5-star.

Bakjwi (Thirst)

nice combo of fluorescence, gore and religion. Park impresses again.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

probably would've liked this if it was keitel again. cage ruined it.

Encounters at the End of the World

some amazing cinematography. some very weird people @mcmurdo. the penguin scene was ludicrous.

Crush and Blush (Misseu Hongdangmu)
½

major letdown for PCW's first production. there were a couple hilarious scenes but the story was meh.

Control (Kontroll)
½

this is not a high-speed romantic thriller.. it's an oddball subway story about a philosopher, narcoleptic and girl in a bear suit.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
½

what a brutal story.. very convincing in a sad but true way.

Linha de Passe

more brazilian strife. minimal and very believable.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom)
½

struggled thru the first 30-40 mins but ended up laughing a lot later. i'm not a song kang fan but he was damn funny in this one.

Bi-mong (Dream)

pretty disappointing for KKD. the bilingual touch was interesting and there were some beautiful scenes but i lost interest halfway thru.

Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg

thundarr gone wild. forgot bout all the dead bodies everywhere and barbed wire torture scenes.. pretty twisted for 1989 but way cheesed out. the main bad guy is one scary looking mofo.

JCVD (Van Dammage)

existential jean claude... surprisingly good.

Sin Nombre
Sin Nombre(2009)
½

great story, beautiful train scenes. not a typical gangster movie, better than most.

Public Enemies
½

i dig most michael mann stuff and had high hopes but it was a mediocre action movie at best.

The Bridge
The Bridge(2006)

mega grim. the jumper footage is intense. great intro shot.

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata)

another story about a dysfunctional japanese family. less interesting than k.kurosawa's other stuff. the final scene was nice tho.

Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe
½

inspirational camcorder documentary. from dinosaur hunting in the congo to nosebleed painting, choe is a strange and immensely talented knucklehead from LA's k-town.

Surveillance
Surveillance(2009)

less bugged than d. lynch, it's an A -to-> B story. the mask scenes were freaky.

Blindness
Blindness(2008)

some scenes were unbelievable, very unlike the realism in other meirelles movies. but i guess this is sci-fi? same luscious cinematography, def worth watching.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)
½

most impressive. nobody brings sublime depressing grit like darren.

Transsiberian
½

had high hopes but it was damn boring.

Microcosmos
Microcosmos(1996)

beautiful cinematic entomology

Man With a Movie Camera

a look at daily life in the soviet union 5 seconds at a time. the 2002 rerelease features a soundtrack by the cinematic orchestra.

24 Preludes for a Fugue
½

arvo part comes off as a very mild mannered genius yet he's somehow reminiscent of popeye and charles manson. the breakdown of fur alina was masterful.

Stroszek
Stroszek(1977)
½

bruno is a very distinct, memorable character. the sadness is occasionally offset with badass accordion and piano scenes. classy herzog.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)

aside from the nausea i was really disappointed that there was no explanation for the origin of the monster. fans of the arcade game "rampage" will probably enjoy this.

Le samoura´
Le samoura´(1967)

good stuff. hard to believe that a hitman movie with such a slow pace could be this enjoyable.

XXY
XXY(2007)

the tale of a hermaphrodite.. what a challenging story. the first 30-40 mins were very reminiscent of bielinsky [rip]. most memorable scene was when alex was petting the iguana with his/her feet. excellent acting by efron and darin.

There Will Be Blood

the demise of a stand-up miner.. i'm actually not much of a lewis fan ever since gangs of new york but this movie is fully about the evolution of his character and he pulls off a brilliant performance as the scarface of oil drilling.

Get Carter
Get Carter(1971)

caine plays the thug with a very entertaining mix of flair and wanton violence. a most enjoyable flick.

Superbad
Superbad(2007)

had a hard time convincing myself to watch a high schooler movie but this was pretty hilarious.

No Country for Old Men

badass movie aside from the ending. great acting by bardem and brolin.

Oldboy
Oldboy(2005)

twisted shit. this is as taboo as korean cinema gets.

American Gangster
½

had high hopes, it didn't live up.

Rambo (Rambo IV)
½

crap story but lots of airborne entrails.

Forbidden Zone

benny hill on acid. not as good as i'd hoped.

Eastern Promises

the fight in the bathhouse was brutal.

Rocky III
Rocky III(1982)

clubber lang. what an epic character.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

the original was better

The Lives of Others

great story about the "good" side of the stasi police.

My Blueberry Nights

norah jones was amazing. typical wkw love story, half sappy and half twisted. beautiful cinematography.

Contact
Contact(1997)

sagan was a weirdo

Short Circuit

an extra 1/2 star for the johnny 5 eyebrow action.

Kingdom of Heaven

lost interest after 45 mins and stopped watching.

Starman
Starman(1984)

hilariously stupid

The Living Sea
½

the voiceovers and soundtrack (sting) were really bad but this is worth watching for the jellies in monterey.

Day Watch
Day Watch(2007)

the sequel was more over the top than night watch and the plot got more confusing at times. Bekmambetov brings nice stylistics again, great movie.

Night Watch
Night Watch(2006)

surprisingly good. unique visual style and story, kept my interest from beginning to end.

The Simpsons Movie

i miss the early/mid era simpsons antics. the movie was definitely more in line with recent episodes.

The Messengers
½

there were a couple freaky scenes but the story was just terrible. super disappointed by this oxide pang creation.

Fracture
Fracture(2007)
½

hopkins and gosling portrayed their roles very well but i wish the ending was more conclusive.

Live Free or Die Hard
½

least favorite of the series. the gunplay was on par with the rest but the focus on technology was a let down.

El Aura (The Aura)

an epileptic taxidermist decides to rob a bank while on a hunting trip. excellent premise to build on. really loved the sound effects that built up to the seizures.

Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion)

moody and beautiful but extremely depressing.

The Eiger Sanction

hmm, this time clint is a retired assassin / art professor / mountain climber. the pace really was slow but i gave an extra 1/2 star for the creativity of the character names: Dr Hemlock, Jemima and Dragon.

Coogan's Bluff

josey wales meets the big city. the action scenes were lackluster and although there was lots of topless hippie-chick footage this movie was mediocre at best.

Bling Bling: Bling-A-Long

well bling is a real crackhead but most of the footage was just stupid bad. the ragga music videos were a nice touch tho.

Outlaw
Outlaw(2007)
½

boring vigilante tale, the story went nowhere very slowly.

The Business
The Business(2005)

sammy had some funny moments but the rest of the cast was very unconvincing. i don't see why nick love got hype over this stuff.

Another Day in Paradise

disappointing larry clark flick. james woods was terrible. he hasn't pulled off a good gangster role since once upon a time in america.

Layer Cake
Layer Cake(2005)

well paced, good story, nice ending.

Samaritan Girl (Samaria)

another extremely sad story from kim ki duk. heavily focused on more outsider themes, kkd sticks to what he does best.

Live Free or Die

there were a couple scenes to chuckle at but this was an otherwise worthless movie.

Cobra
Cobra(1986)
½

memorable quote: "i want your eyes pig. i want them."

Falling Down
Falling Down(1993)

looking back at the early 90s this movie seems so out of place in that era. i guess that's what makes this a personal classic.

Braddock: Missing in Action III
½

i went to school with roland harrah III. he was perpetually clowned for his "i love you braddock" line. last i heard he ended up committing suicide.. poor guy, i always thought he looked a bit like E.T.

Casino Royale

suprisingly good, i'd given up on the bond series over the last 10 years but craig was great as a mean, tough bond. without a doubt the most in-your-face action in the 007 filmography. the parkour scene was brilliant.

Out for Justice

the seagal spree continues. this time with even more limbsnapping and bonecrunching. forsythe is a very convincing psycho, pure mean muggin.

Above the Law
½

extra half star for pam grier as a co-star. was surprised to see sharon stone in this one too. seagal looks very weird when he's running.

Hard to Kill
Hard to Kill(1990)

this one had more of an old school kung fu movie feel due to the extended training sequences. a new caliber of violence here, revenge goes well with snapped arms.

Step Up
Step Up(2006)

i admit with great shame to have watched most of this crapfest. in self-defense it was a 13 hour flight and my mp3 player had died. i am now boycotting KLM airlines.

Prime Cut
Prime Cut(1972)

classy 70's action speckled with gratuitous nudity. sissy spacek was pretty damn nice when not covered in blood. lee marvin is great in these pseudo-hero roles and gene hackman was a thoroughly convincing hillbilly farmer thug.

Marked for Death
½

ok, it's time for some nostalgic mindless action movies and steven seagal fits the bill with his trademark limbsnapping and witless acting. this is more like a 2.5 star movie but it gets the extra star for having a jamaican badguy named screwface.

Takeshis'
Takeshis'(2005)

existential beat? i started to lose interest after the universal dance contest/shootout. this was a very unexpected kitano film.

Chopper
Chopper(2001)

excellent dramatization of an oddly charismatic psychopath killer.

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Saibogujiman kwenchana)

welcome to the lighter side of Park Chan Wook, who knew he had one. this movie is a great change of pace from the vengeance trilogy with a Jeunet-like sense of comedy. starting with the embedded credits Park showcases a very strong visual style throughout the whole movie and the entire cast does a great job filling out the looney bin. if you're an oldboy fan or a fan of any recent korean cinema this is a must see.

Shilje sanghwang (Real Fiction)

can't believe i'm saying this but real fiction was pretty disappointing. well i guess only because most of his other movies are just friggin amazing. the reach-around scene was very disturbing, expect plenty of violence and camcorder-ish production.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)
½

not as original as shaun of the dead, lots of borrowed elements.. the big fight at the end was great though and i still laughed pretty often.

Primer
Primer(2004)

confusing as hell but it kept my interest from beginning to end.

The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King)

nice mindless action flick. amazing stunts as usual from mr jaa.

Dead Man
Dead Man(1995)

my least favorite jarmusch movie. i just couldn't get into it. go watch down by law, ghost dog or coffee & cigarettes instead.

Hwal (The Bow)

loved the fortune telling scenes with the swing on the side of the boat.

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
½

i have to agree with insideaway's review. this movie could've been super raw if the spotlight had stayed on the aliens/predators. i hope part 2 is rated R.

Aliens of the Deep

beautiful documentary about new discoveries in the deep sea. the subs with the 320 degree viewing area look amazing. i wish they would've focused a bit more on marine life than the human side of the explorations though. amazing underwater footage, comparable to Attenborough.

Alpha Dog
Alpha Dog(2007)
½

boring, really wasn't into it. the most amusing thing about this movie was sharon stone's makeup job as a 200 pound women.

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)
½

another winner from aronofsky, i wish he made more movies. the "future" scenes had some very clean CG.

Pan's Labyrinth

my favorite fairytale-ish movie is still the city of lost children but i really enjoyed this too

300
300(2007)
½

when i first saw the trailer i thought it looked like gladiator meets braveheart with the visual style of sin city. well i just got back from the metreon and that's basically how it broke down. the fight sequences were great, definitely more stylistic than braveheart or gladiator but with equal amounts of limbchopping and pigsticking. i'd prolly give it another 1/2 star if i'd seen it in the imax dome.

Children of Men
½

the story is brilliant. Cuaron's visual delivery is very impressive.. but the pace and character development just seemed so flat and anticlimactic. mebbe my expectations were just unrealistic because i'd hyped this up a lot in my dome, really wanted this to be an epic scifi production but when it was all said and done i was flat out disappointed.

Electric Dragon 80.000 V

campy, crazy, Ishii and Asano [from ichi the killer]. you really can't go wrong with this combo. you will undoubtedly laugh and scratch your head at the same time but isn't that the kind of experience that japan does best? i'll definitely be on the lookout for more Ishii films.

Crocodile
Crocodile(1996)

reminiscent of "bad guy" at times but only because "crocodile" has a similar persona. the production quality is low and b-movie'ish like "the isle" but this really plays well to the rawness that KKD loves to depict. the imagery of the final scene is absolutely unforgettable. i was seriously dazed in awe and watched the last 5 seconds over and over.

a humble beginning for KKD? not really.. he had the outsider angle covered from the get go.

Shi gan (Time)

i was looking forward to watching this movie for several months [thanks to sssabee's kim ki duk radar] and it surpassed all expectations and then some. the traditional korean cinematic themes of sadism/masochism are there but KKD's presentation is satisfyingly unique with his trademark twisted vision. he's just getting better and better... amazing.

Art School Confidential

not my favorite zwigoff but pretty damn good anyways. some of the characters reminded me a lot of "crumb".

Girl With a Pearl Earring

i'm not a big fan of classical art and vermeer's stuff in particular really doesn't do anything for me so there was little appeal in the "art history" aspect of the story. the sluggish pace didn't really help either but i suppose that's natural for a period piece. scarlett's performance was the only saving grace, if it were a different actress i'd prolly give this 2 stars.

A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng)

after being seriously disappointed with 'the foul king' i wasn't too eager to watch another kim ji woon movie but enjoyed this one much more. the melancholy, philosophical and violent elements were balanced pretty well and the camerawork and acting were fairly impressive but the story has the familiarity of one that's been done many times.

Tideland
Tideland(2006)

supremely disappointing. shock value is cheap, where did gilliam's magic go??

Clerks II
Clerks II(2006)
½

better and funnier than i'd expected but bad mf jay was so tame. i guess his antics aren't the same as a 30yo. dante's a chud.

A Scanner Darkly
½

nice rotoscoping, the colors seemed a lot less glitchy/jumpy than waking life though so it wasn't as visually psychedelic. the story was pretty unique and i'm no scifi/cop-drama hater but something about this movie's overall style really bothered me. maybe it's the 'uncanny valley' that rotoscoping presents or the fact that downey jr annoys the hell outta me.. dunno. i think a better director could've done a lot more with this plot and visual style but i'm still glad i watched it.

Save the Green Planet

this is prolly the goofiest korean movie i've ever seen. stylistically, it reminded me of zebraman.

3-4x juugatsu (Boiling Point)

takeshi kitano brings it raw once again. yakuza movies are a dime a dozen but kitano's deadpan glare and unpredictably deranged belligerence are one of a kind [especially considering that he's a comedian most of the time].

Man Bites Dog
½

this is one of the only mockumentaries that i actually finished watching and enjoyed.

Tom Yum Goong

tony jaa is just ridiculous with the acrobatics, hops and ass whooping. don't expect any meaningful character development or substance in the story, jaa is all about mindblowing stunts.

don't watch this if bonecrunching upsets you.

Tsotsi (Thug)
½

after reading all the hype i had big expectations for tsotsi. the acting was great but the story is very familiar and the production was a bit too clean for my taste.

The Pianist
The Pianist(2002)
½

not my favorite polanski but definitely worth watching. i probably would've rated it higher if it wasn't so damn depressing.

Chungking Express

great acting by the whole cast. thematically similar to other WKW productions but quite distinct cinematography. i loved the graininess and washout tones, especially in the underground scenes. faye wong's character was my favorite.

2046
2046(2005)
½

wai delivers more bent prophecies. his knack for expressing intangibles is uncanny. the combination of visual style and pronged emotional themes is amazing creativity.

Nine Queens (Nueve reinas)

comparisons don't typically make for good reviews but honestly, i think el aura is superior to this movie. i'm not saying that nueve reinas was bad tho, it's a great flick, darin pulls off another great performance but the plot is a lot more accessible and predictable at times. it's a shame that bielinski's gone, he was just starting to move towards insanely unique directions.

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)

love that intro scene with the swarming bugs. this is hopper at his best.

Saraband
Saraband(2003)

hejsan. mycket bra film! even has geriatric nudity!! YEAH!
the story is so simple, a 2 line synopsis would sound utterly boring but bergman digs deep into details which keeps the pace fresh and interesting.

Nabbeun namja (Bad Guy)

i made the mistake of judging this as another korean revenge movie about halfway through it. by the end of the movie i wasn't quite sure what the main theme was but kim ki duk tends to have that effect. the acting was great and the nonconventional camerawork was very much kim's style, unique, simple, dirty and clever. bad guy is more similar to the isle than to 3-iron or spring, summer, fall... so don't watch it unless you're in the mood for a fairly brutal story with moments of terrible suffering.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

the natural landscape works perfectly with the story. the monk is played by kim ki duk when he returns to the temple for the third time. he's a damn good actor too!

3-Iron
3-Iron(2004)

kim ki duk has the minimalist style locked down tight and 3-iron is another great example of how a low budget movie with barely any dialogue and an oddball story can express more than 5 blockbusters combined. loved it.

Memento Mori
Memento Mori(2005)

hmm, lesbian high school suicide story. older korean horror movies are typically a joke and memento mori is no exception. this was a true waste of time.

JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA)
½

early park chan wook.. so tame in comparison to his later stuff but you can already see his tendency towards taboo in JSA. solid acting, great story.

Natural City
Natural City(2004)

this movie had so much hype as one of the biggest budgeted korean movies ever. i actually read comparisons to blade runner.. what a piece of crap, don't waste your time with this boring garbage.

H
H(2002)

was this the movie with the female cop who had esp?? i couldn't even watch the whole thing, the story bites too hard from the hannibal series and the whole x-files cop factor was just ridiculous.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance or Boksuneun naui geot
½

first in the trilogy. possibly the most brutal of the 3 in terms of how fucked up a chain of events a person can endure. if you liked oldboy or lady vengeance you have either watched this already or really should watch it soon.

Foul King
Foul King(2000)
½

the drunk karaoke scenes drove me nuts. had high hopes for this movie and was pretty disappointed.

The Tenant
The Tenant(1976)
½

kinda like rosemary's baby with less obvious demonic elements. polanski is a pretty good actor too.

Half Nelson
Half Nelson(2006)
½

loved the grainy presentation, perfect for the story. the only thing that bothered me from time to time was that gosling's goofiness reminded me of david arquette.

Live Flesh (Carne trÚmula)
½

took me a while to figure out wtf was going on after victor got out of jail because all the characters lives are so deeply intertwined. after figuring out who was who i realized that this is another genius almodovar production. go watch it already.

Jalla! Jalla!

i'm really digging josef fares' style. benny from kops is pretty hilarious again this time with "kuk" problems. i guess it's a romantic comedy, a style that i'm not really into at all but fares fares and torkel and tuva really pull off great performances.

Talk to Her
Talk to Her(2002)
½

almodovar is a serious avant-badass. this movie is a brilliant display of his unique style. the story, the presentation, the cinematography.. all very distinct and beautifully cohesive.

The Illusionist

the story is a bit usual suspect-ish but i guess that's not too surprising considering that the story is about a magician. edward norton is impressive as usual and jessica biel actually pulled off a decent job.

Hood 2 Hood
Hood 2 Hood(2005)
½

the scene in SF where the guy in the car is getting beaten by the ladies with the two by fours and lawnmower makes this movie worth watching.

Fractals: The Colors of Infinity

this documentary truly changed my view of the world. it starts off with more of a math/science focus but ends up conveying a spiritual message. clarke and the rest of the cast present powerful evidence of the fractal design of this planet and beyond.

District B13 (Banlieue 13)
½

terrible acting and stupid story but amazing action. those parkour cats are pretty unreal with the stunts.

Zozo
Zozo(2005)

i liked kopps a lot more but this is no comedy. zozo's story is fairly brutal and the cinematography is nicely done. haven't seen Jalla Jalla but Josef Fares has really impressed me so far.

Rize
Rize(2005)
½

not at all what i was expecting. who knew there were so many clown posses in the ghetto??

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)

i'm not a big spike lee fan, always thought his joints were hit and miss but this one definitely stands out. jodie foster's role seemed unnecessary but denzel and clive play out a great cop/robber story.

Sling Blade
Sling Blade(1996)

carl childers, a true american hero.

The Man Who Wasn't There
½

this is one of those anomalistic movies with a pretty famous cast [billy bob, tony shaloub, tony soprano, coen brothers] yet is relatively obscure. billy bob pulls off another slingblade-caliber performance as psychopath ed crane. good stuff.

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
½

i watched this movie at a theater full of older korean folks who were literally in tears reliving the war. it's sad, convincingly sad. the battle scene cinematography is very similar to saving private ryan.

Rockers
Rockers(1980)

jamaican all-stars of the late 70s team up to take on the mob. excellent music, excellent camerawork, ridiculous story, great movie.

Mulholland Drive

another lynch masterpiece.

Dune
Dune(1984)

the inflatable pus-face guy was extremely disgusting but this is a sci-fi classic. i wish lynch did more sci-fi.

Chingoo (Friend) (Chingu)

4 kids growing up together, 2 go to college, 2 become gangsters. the plot isn't very innovative, this has been done countless times but this is the first korean gangster movie i've seen that actually felt believable. considered by some as the 'goodfellas' of modern korean cinema.

Doggy Poo
Doggy Poo(2003)
½

this claymation short focuses on a piece of dog shit who attains consciousness and ponders what its role in this universe is. it's quite childish actually but with a philosophical bent. might be good to watch if you're depressed or have some tendency towards scat/scheisse.

R-Point
R-Point(2005)
½

saw this at the 2005 asian film festival in san francisco. what a disappointment, don't waste your time, go watch spider forest instead of this crap.

Spider Forest

the delivery is pretty david lynch-esque, confusing with moments of beauty. i liked the cinematography in this movie more than Gam Woo-Sung's other releases.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice(2006)

jamie foxx plays tubbs amazingly well, there were times when i thought his audio was clipped straight from an old episode. colin farrell on the other hand plays a bad mutation of sonny's character which strays much further from the original role. the story plays out just like a vintage 1985 episode without any phil collins cameos or neon legwarmers. i'd rate it higher if sonny's role had gone to a better actor.

Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan)

that last scene was really confusing. is there supposed to be a sequel? beautiful use of angles and still shots.

Crumb
Crumb(1995)

not my favorite zwigoff flick but entertaining. crumb is seriously fucked in the head.

Sun Ra: Space Is the Place

filmed in oakland california.

Three...Extremes (Saam gaang yi)

brilliant sound effects in the dumpling short.

The Constant Gardener

Meirelles is great at depicting completely believable scenarios. "city of god" definitely made more of an impression but i liked this one too. sad movie tho.

The Island
The Island(2005)
½

nice one all-around. def one of the best sci-fi movies i've seen in the last couple years.

Rosemary's Baby
½

this movie proves that charles grodin is an asshole.

The Conversation

bleak indeed but with brilliant acting. fredo doesn't co-star, he has a pretty small role. i'm not a big gene hackman fan but he's magnificent in this movie.

Broken Flowers

great movie, shitty ending. i would've given it 3 stars if not for the mulatu soundtrack.

Zebraman
Zebraman(2007)

if you've only seen miike's more violent works like ichi the killer, audition or izo then you'll be in for a pleasant surprise with the the comedic superhero Zebraman.

Mike Tyson's Greatest Hits

when iron mike talks about the strategy and mechanics of boxing he sounds like a bone-fide genius. sure, he eventually lost his mind but you'd be hard pressed to not admire mike's heart in his glory days.

Shottas
Shottas(2006)

low budget rude bwoy masterpiece. some scenes weren't fleshed out but this is brilliant modern jamaican cinema. excellent acting all around except for wyclef.. mad max is top shotta #1.

The Hustler
The Hustler(1961)

i attribute the greatness of this movie to willie moscone. he coached newman and gleason and also has a cameo appearance.

Breakin'
Breakin'(1984)

special k was also the star of ninja III: the domination. she's the phone technician who gets possessed by an evil ninja!

Rain Man
Rain Man(1988)

raymond babbitt is an inspirational gambler.

Deliverance
Deliverance(1972)

great acting but watching that hillbilly butt-love scene made my life a little bit worse.

Chinatown
Chinatown(1974)
½

polanski and nicholson are a great combo.

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

tony jaa's stunts are unbelieveable. he does matrix shit for real.

Bad Lieutenant

harvey keitel is pure class

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

there are some seriously bizarre creatures in this movie. i dig it.

SolarMax
SolarMax(2000)

documentary about the sun. this is worth watching at an IMAX theater.

Bad Santa
Bad Santa(2003)

ajay naidu's scene is my fav.

Ernest Goes to Jail

you should've gone to hell you retarded bastard. dammit, i hate ernest.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

g-rated lotr. pretty good as a disney kid's movie, not so good otherwise. the christian symbolism wasn't overdone but i probably would've liked it more without any religious overtones.

The Game
The Game(1997)

i had very low expectations of this movie, it was surprisingly good and not at all what i was expecting.

Master of the Flying Guillotine

jimmy wang yu was in a lot of shitty kung fu movies but this is a classic. the evil lama has some mean ass eyebrows too.

Sonatine
Sonatine(1993)

this has to be the most creative gangster movie i'd seen in a long time. the sumo scenes are hilarious.

Kikujiro
Kikujiro(2000)

my favorite kitano film, the role he plays in this movie is perfect.

Battle Royale

b-movie style cinematography, excellent satire on reality shows.

Wesley Willis: Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll

"suck a wooly mammoth's dick with miracle whip!"

R.I.P. wesley, you'll never be forgotten.

Y Tu Mama Tambien

beautiful cinematography. beautiful spanish actress too.

Akira
Akira(1988)

who are the progeria midgets in the wheelchairs??

Clerks
Clerks(1994)

it's all about bad muthafuckin Jay. did you know he's a huge matlock fan in real life?

Disorderlies
Disorderlies(1987)

how the hell did the fat boys ever get a movie gig?? it had its moments tho.

Rambo III
Rambo III(1988)

hells yes! john rambo the mujahedeen warrior.

Waking Life
Waking Life(2001)

i didn't like this as much as my friends did. the rotoscoping is excellent but the political rants bored me.

Gin gwai (The Eye)

OXIDE! the genre is a bit played out now but i really dug this one.

Condorman
Condorman(1981)

pure ridiculousness. definitely watch this one drunk off yr ass.

Reservoir Dogs

i wouldn't let anyone call me mister pink.

Logan's Run
Logan's Run(1976)

this movie will always remind me of family film festival on channel 5 hosted by tom hatton. remember how ppl would mail in little squiggly lines and he would turn them into popeye's asscrack?

Action Jackson

favorite scenes were topless vanity and action jackson driving the car up the stairs in that fatass house.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

i thought the series and movie were equally good. this animation crew has definitely raised the bar for pure visual quality.

Man on the Moon

andy kaufman is a disciple of psychotic genius. i'm not a jim carrey fan but he really pulled this one off magnificently.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

i had low expectations of this movie but was quite surprised how good it was.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

this will always be one of my top 5 favorites.

The Isle
The Isle(2000)

some of the masochistic scenes were intensely brutal. not very realistic but still made me cringe.

The Warriors
The Warriors(1979)

the beer bottle scene at coney island is epic.

Zat˘ichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi)

not as good as the shintaro katsu originals but definitely worth watching, especially for any beat takeshi fans. the blood effects were done particularly well.

The Kid With the Golden Arm

i'm assuming this is the shaw brothers movie featuring 'the toad' Lo Mang as Golden Arm. good stuff, it has all the venoms and your typical shaw bros badguys.

The Way of the Gun

meh. midgrade fenster flick.

Dark Days
Dark Days(2000)

top notch documentary bout mole people living under nyc.

The King of Comedy

loved it. not your typical deniro/scorsese film.

Style Wars
Style Wars(1983)

I am not a graffiti artist. I am a graffiti bomber.

Countryman
Countryman(2004)

the best jamaican fisherman action movie ever.

Colors
Colors(1988)

fuck you pacman!

Dancehall Queen

this movie gets 5 stars just cuz it has mad max from 'shottas'. he's shanking people as usual.

The Decalogue

the most brilliantly depressing 10 part series i've ever seen.

The Happiness of the Katakuris

too much goofy singing for my taste but the claymation intro was splendrous.

Visitor Q (BijitÔ Q)

if you like necrophilia, incest and heavy lactation you should defnitely watch this.