Archive for December, 2013

Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

in Japanese Movies

What makes a father? Filiation through blood or just the time spent with a son? This is the question that director Eda Hirokazu Kore tries to answer since the birth of his child. In Like Father Like Son, a wealthy family learns that the child they have been raising for 6 years isn’t theirs, 2 babies having been swapped at birth […]

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2013 Worst Movies

2013 Worst Movies

in Bad Movies

Please note that this list is based exclusively on movies we got the “chance” to watch and only focus on movies with decent production values … but there are of course plenty of other offenders that are probably worst and not worth our time (most particularly among B-Movies and Hollywood has-beens) – for more bad movies, visit our Razzie section.  […]

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Blu-ray

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Blu-ray

in Blu-Ray Reviews

Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara – plus two solid supporting performances by Ben Foster and Keith Carradine – , Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a modern western about a couple of outlaws trying to reunite after a stint in jail. While somewhat reminiscent of Badlands, the film has its voice – rather than following their crimes it portrays the […]

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Baby Blues

Baby Blues

in Polish Movies

The one thing that came to my mind while watching Polish filmmaker Katarzyna Roslaniec’s second feature – she got noticed at the Toronto film festival with her debut Mall Girls – is the fact that this story is universal and could be happening anywhere. The film follows Natalia (Magdanela Berus), a teenage mom whose life is a constant struggle: she […]

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R100

R100

in Japanese Movies

R100 is the fourth film directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto who gained fame as a comedian on the small screen in the 80’s. To be frank, I wasn’t familiar with his work, which made for an even more surprising experience when watching  R100.  While most Japanese movies crossing the Pacific are usually epic tales or crime stories, there is also an […]

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Man of Tai Chi Blu-Ray

Man of Tai Chi Blu-Ray

in Blu-Ray Reviews

Just a few weeks after a short stint on the big screen, Keanu Reeves’ directional debut is now available on Blu-Ray. This little martial art film starring Tiger Hu, a stuntman who worked on The Matrix and Kill Bill sagas, proved to be pleasant – but flawed – surprise, the Hollywood actor avoiding Hollywood cliches (read our full review of the […]

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The Canyons Blu Ray

The Canyons Blu Ray

in Blu-Ray Reviews

Directed by Paul Shrader and written bt Brett Easton Ellis, The Canyons is out on Blu-Ray in its unrated director’s cut. While the film got panned by those critics who love big juicy blockbusters, it actually proved to be quite a fascinating, flawed work that cinephiles should embrace. The film is presented in the usual 1080p format with 5.1 audio looking and […]

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