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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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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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B For Boy

B For Boy

in Nigerian Movies

The pressure of traditions is at the center of Chika Anadu’s debut feature. Set in Nigeria, this film centers on Amaka (Uche Nwadili), a wealthy wife who has a miscarriage. With her in-laws harassing her to produce a boy in order to keep the family name alive, she decides to hide her miscarriage and looks into adoption to replace the […]

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Awful Nice

Awful Nice

in American Movies

Road trips and dysfunctional families are popular themes when it comes to comedy and this second feature from director Todd Sklar brings them together: Following the death of their father, two estranged brothers must travel together to a summer home they inherited and end up spending extra time fixing it. Whenever attending a festival, I usually try to catch some […]

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Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi

in American Movies

Keanu Reeves is probably one of the most intriguing figures in Hollywood. He’s been in a successful cult trilogy, The Matrix, in a pop-corn blockbuster, Point Break, in an acclaimed indie feature, My Own Private Idaho but also in quite a few duds – anybody remembers Chain Reaction? He’s also often panned by critics for his limited acting abilities but […]

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Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color

in French Movies

It would be a mistake to only remember Blue Is The Warmest Color for its sex scenes showing bodies closely, without taboo or shame. Those beautiful, extended sequences – one of them lasting 7 minutes – depict the passion between Adèle, a high school girl who likes literature and want to be a teacher and Emma, an art student who […]

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

in American Movies

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starts where most movies end, with an outlaw couple – Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) – getting arrested. Bob takes the blame and goes to jail while a pregnant Ruth ends up being released. Staying in their home town, she raises their child by herself while Bob, behind bars, can’t wait to be reunited […]

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Lovelace

Lovelace

in American Movies

Lovelace features everything you would expect from a movie about a porn actress: There’s a naïve heroine, shady guys, a rise to fame, sordid situations and some glamour. This is certainly more than most of us will ever experience during a lifetime but this narrative asset is also what harms this biopic about Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. Whether or […]

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The Canyons

The Canyons

in American Movies

Paul Schrader’s The Canyons is one the rare movies that dare to walk on a fine line between art and exploitation. Since Andy Warhol pretty much pioneered that subgenre, several influential filmmakers went on to experiment with this twisted, intricate universe, from Brian de Palma with Femme Fatale to Steven Soderbergh with The Girlfriend Experience and Harmony Korine with Spring […]

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The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

in Belgian Movies

In just three films, the Belgian/American duo Peter Brosens & Jessica WoodWorth has built a surprisingly haunting body of work, each of their movies focusing on the relationship between man and nature, which they explore through a naturalistic and surrealist lens. After visiting a couple distant desolated locations – Mongolia in Khadak and Peru in Altiplano – the screenwriters/directors head […]

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Drug War

Drug War

in Chinese Movies

With Drug War, Hong Kong director Johnny To (Election, Vengeance) heads to China for the first time to deliver a procedural piece about Chinese cops and drug traffickers. A Johnny To regular, Louis Koo (Election, Triad Election) is Timmy Choi, a drug boss who after being arrested is forced to cooperate with police chief Zhang (Sun Honglei) to take down […]

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All Together Now

All Together Now

in American Movies

With its premise – a group of teenagers meeting in a wood at night for a series of underground concerts – All Together Now had all the ingredients to either be a horror movie or some kind of raunchy romp. Writer/director Alexander Mirecki is however interested in visiting other themes, delivering instead a lighthearted tale, where social commentary, existentialism, humor […]

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