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Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

in American Movies

Orchestrated by mad scientist Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives looks like some kind of monstrous, artistic creation, the result of an incestuous cross between Drive and Valhalla Rising. Valhalla Rising was an uncompromising, minimalist, metaphysical Viking film while Drive was a successful homage to 80’s B-movies. Only God Forgives is a much more basic work and looking for any […]

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Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy

in Chilean Movies

Crystal Fairy And The Magical Cactus And 2012 – yes this is the actual title! – follows 3 Chilean brothers (director Sebastián Silva’s real life siblings) and one American dude (Jamie – Michael Cera) as they embark on a psychedelic journey to find a hallucinogenic cactus. On the way, they pick up a hippieish American girl (Crystal – Gaby Hoffman) […]

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Winter in the Blood

Winter in the Blood

in American Movies

Set in Montana and based on a James Welch novel, Winter in the Blood follows a Blackfoot Indian (Virgin – Chaske Spencer) as he looks for his missing rifle and, subconsciously, for a purpose in life. His journey is haunted by the absence of several figures, from the wife who stole the rifle to the older brother who took care […]

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The Hunt

The Hunt

in Danish movies

Following recent and milder works, Thomas Vinterberg returns to the source, with a film in the vein of his critical success, the tormented Festen. Through the portraits of a family shattered by incest and a disoriented community dealing with a child abuse case, the director uses this film to vehicle his fears. Wrongly accused by the daughter of his best friend of having […]

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The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

in American Movies

Sofia Coppola’sThe Bling Ring draws comparisons to Harmony Korine’s Spring breakers. Both films portray American teenagers as superficial, aimless figures obsessed with celebrity culture and rap music. While Harmony Korine’s picture fully embraces the vacuity of its characters, his film featuring a subtle and fantasy-like glossy surface finely reflecting its subject, Sophia Coppola however fails at giving concrete form to this apparent […]

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Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

in American Movies

Steven Soderbergh comes full circle presenting his – supposedly – last film in Cannes, the festival that put him on the map with his first – award-wining – feature film, Sex, Lies and Videotape. And, to an extent, Behind the Candelabra is somewhat reminiscent of his debut, not in terms of visuals but because of familiar themes such as image, lies […]

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Borgman

Borgman

in Dutch Movies

And they came down to Earth to strengthen their ranks. This mysterious quote penned by the director and highlighted in the opening credits can be used to understand – or interpret – this film. Borgman is a cruel, strange and disturbing tale, which emphasizes Alex Van Warmerdam’s talent for dark humor – watch his previous work Les Habitants to get […]

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The Past

The Past

in French Movies

Here is one the films that some might call a masterwork but beware … Since his previous success with A Separation, the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has become one of the rising figures on the international film scene. Far from being handicapped by the language barrier, he directs his actors with acute precision, even if it means filming in France, with […]

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Young And Beautiful

Young And Beautiful

in French Movies

Young and pretty, she certainly is; newcomer Marine Vacth has the looks and talent to give life to her role, infusing her performance with fragility, absence and rebellion. French director François Ozon (Swimming Pool) certainly knows how to choose his muses. This promising actress is radiant throughout the film, carrying it on her frail shoulders. She assumes her nakedness, offered […]

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

in American Movies

A metaphor about its own superficiality, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is filled with glitz, fireworks, confetti and champagne hardly masking the emptiness of a world haunted by its enigmatic central figure, Gatsby. Presented in exhilarating 3D, the film seems to enjoy getting high on aerial shots, circling above the Long Island bourgeoisie, while oscillating between digital grandiloquence and aesthetic ugliness. In […]

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The Angels’ Share

The Angels’ Share

in British Movies

Ken Loach’s filmmography is quite contrasted, the British director usually alternating between heavy fares and light comedies, like if he was trying to breathe some air into his tense body of work. Whether his movies tackle politics –The Wind That Shakes the Barley – or social struggles– Sweet Sixteen – his films always brush a gritty portrait of a British […]

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Everybody Has a Plan

Everybody Has a Plan

in Argentinian Movies

While Mexican and Brazilian cinemas have slowly been building a strong presence on the international film circuit, mostly thanks to emblematic onscreen ambassadors such as  Alfonso Cuarón, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna – to name a few – other countries are still struggling to get their productions across the border; this, of course, doesn’t mean that their movie industry […]

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Beyond the Hills

Beyond the Hills

in Romanian Movies

Following 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, which had been crowned with a Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is back with his much-anticipated new feature. While his new story is as strong as in his previous film, which dealt with illegal abortion, the only similarity between those 2 movies is the presence of […]

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