All is Lost (2014)

The story of survival is a straight arrow. The genre is Man versus the Force of Nature – it’s about a lone man whose boat got into a collision with a container on the open sea. From that moment on the plot also goes on a straight trajectory; a piling on of trouble and more […]

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Blue is the Warmest Colour (2014)

Today, Facebook reminded me of a review that I wrote published way back in 2014. Thought I will share it; both the heavily edited article and the review. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour explodes on our screens (1st May) after winning the Palme d’Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival. In an unprecedented […]

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

I put the Blu-ray in thinking I would stop after 45min, but I ended up finishing the documentary a few minutes ago. Jiro Ono is 85 years old. As a young boy, he ran away from home to become an apprentice in a restaurant and has been making sushi for more than 70 years. He […]

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A Quiet Place (2018)

Every other week will see the opening of a horror flick, good for a scare or two, but forgotten the moment your head hits the pillow that same night. The good ones serve up compelling characters embroiled in a fascinating premise. The truly good ones respect your intelligence to connect the dots. Good horror movies know […]

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Ramen Teh (2018)

Confession time… I had the hots for Seiko Matsuda when I was a teenager and even had a wallet-sized laminated photo of her in my wallet. I needed keep her close to me 😬 Those were also the days of cassette tapes and I would stinge on food just so I could buy her albums. After […]

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Red Sparrow (2018)

Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian secret service operative who gets raped, endures an attempted rape, gets beaten, gets a black eye, slashed, stabbed, gets a gun put to her head, has to strip in front of dozen pairs of indifferent eyes and has a man died on top (and inside) of her. Sounds like a […]

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Metropolis (1927)

  36000 extras, 200000 costumes, over 500 70-storey miniature skyscrapers – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately 5 million Reichsmarks, making it the most expensive film ever made up to that point. However it opened in 1927 to mixed reactions and barely made 75000 Reichsmarks. Because of its […]

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