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Reality

Reality

in French Movies

In just 4 years, Quentin Dupieux has established himself as one of the most iconoclastic filmmakers on the international film circuit and with Reality he delivers his most ambitious and weirdest work to date – which says a lot. The French director who also had a successful electronic music career as Mr. Oizo came under the spotlight with his second […]

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

in American Movies

While I always complain that most filmmakers play it safe, most particularly when it comes to creating formal biopics, this little indie film about the great Jimi Hendrix surprised me with its ingenuity. I’m not sure what artistic choices writer/director John Ridley (12 Years As A Slave) originally had in mind but the fact that the Hendrix estate refused to […]

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The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

in British Movies

Known for her twisted psychological thrillers, American novelist Patricia Highsmith has been an insatiable source for movie adaptations, some of them being highly successful, from Rene Clement’s French film Purple Noon starring Alain Delon (her ideal incarnation of Ripley) to Wim Wenders’ American Friend and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.  Taking on a lesser known Patricia Highsmith novel, The […]

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Frank

Frank

in Irish Movies

While based on Frank Sidebottom, a stand-up comic/artist/musician from Manchester who was wearing an over-sized fake papier-mâché head while performing, Jon Ronson’s script takes however this story in a different direction, veering from real facts to create an absurd comedy and a satire of hipsters – the release of Frank couldn’t actually have come at a better time as the acclaimed […]

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

in Korean Movies

After leaving a distinctive mark on the festival circuit with The Host, Memories of Murder and a contribution to Tokyo!, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho takes on the world with his first English-language international production featuring A-listers such as Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Only Lovers Left Alive), John Hurt (1984, Elephant Man) […]

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Apartment Troubles

Apartment Troubles

in American Movies

Written and directed by co-stars Jenniifer Prediger and Jess Weixler, Trouble Dolls is your typical indie debut, with all the flaws and fresh ideas it implies. It is an inventive, amusing, talkative and self-absorbed work which looks like it was made on a shoestring budget. What differentiates it from most first features is the presence of some popular comedic figures […]

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Recommended By Enrique

Recommended By Enrique

in American Movies

As I was reading the synopsis for Recommended by Enrique on the LA Film Fest guide, I couldn’t really figure out what this movie was about: saying something like “based on a bizarre true story about an aspiring actress and a mysterious cowboy stranded in a border town”, this film seemed to wander in Mulholland Drive territory, which was leaving […]

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Los Ángeles

Los Ángeles

in Mexican Movies

Despite what its title might suggest, Los Ángeles does not take place in the city of angels but rather in a small Zapotec community in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contrary to most Mexican movies dealing with emigrating to the US, Damian John Harper’s film isn’t about the journey but about the destination. For the locals, LA is seen like an almost dreamlike […]

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Heli

Heli

in Mexican Movies

Although the title doesn’t refer to any religious belief – at least that’s what the director is saying – it is impossible to not establish a connection with the harsh journey a family has to endure in this movie: with Heli, Amat Escalante delivers the uncompromising and violent portrait of contemporary Mexico. If the film includes a few scenes that […]

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu

in French Movies

The opening scene of Timbuktu summarizes pretty well the theme of this film. A group of armed jihadists are chasing an antelope. They are shooting their AK47 not to kill it but to scare this animal, which is a metaphor for a young orphan seen running at the end of the movie. Those two scenes aim at underlining the premise […]

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Nymphomaniac: Volume 2

Nymphomaniac: Volume 2

in Danish movies

Nymphomaniac’s second volume is a whole different affair (read our vol.1 review here) as the film takes a darker turn. While for the first 30mn Joe’s saga seems to continue as a joyous escapade – more particularly a sequence reminiscent of When Harry Meets Sally and a scene featuring an amusing ménage à trois – the story quickly changes tones […]

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Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

in Danish movies

As I was watching the first volume of Lars Von Trier’s sex epic, Nymphomaniac, I couldn’t really figure out what all the fuss is about as this film isn’t as shocking as the mainstream media might want you to believe. Sure it does feature abundant full frontal nudity and explicit sex scenes – with some porn actors performing as “stunt” […]

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Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake

in French Movies

Stranger By The Lake is an intriguing film. Capturing the simple beauty of nature, observing quietly and candidly its characters, Alain Guiraudie’s work could certainly be seen as naturalistic. The camera often stands still, whether it’s to listen to conversations, follow a swimmer in the lake or watch those naked bodies. Every day is shown as a ritual, which starts […]

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