Archive for February, 2013

Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts (OVA Collection)

Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts (OVA Collection)

| February 17, 2013

In my previous review of Baka & Test: Season Two, I raised a number of complaints about that particular season, but I had failed to mention therein two complaints I had about the season that did not make it in to the review as they then seemed petty, but are now relevant. There were notable […]

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A Simple Life

A Simple Life

| February 15, 2013

Hong Kong veteran director Ann Hui brings together two of its major stars, Deanie Ip and Andy Lau, for a very warm-hearted drama that is sure to please everyone. On February 26, 2013, Well Go USA will release A Simple Life on DVD and Blu-Ray. Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House Of Flying Daggers, numerous others) […]

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Like Someone In Love

Like Someone In Love

| February 15, 2013

The gray screen of a security camera fizzles into focus, revealing the penetrating hate-filled eyes of a young man. Muted shouts spurt from his mouth, possessed, infuriated lips staining the camera with saliva as his fists pound relentlessly at the door in front of him, the rhythmic boom now a frenzy shaking the walls as if […]

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The Sessions

The Sessions

| February 12, 2013

Far too often when the words “Based on a True Story” are bandied about, disaster is soon to follow. Those movies seem to be based on people, but there’s no sense of the real person or even a fully dimensional character. Luckily, The Sessions, with the help of John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, work together […]

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A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

| February 12, 2013

The only currently non-living member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Graham Chapman died in 1989 from throat cancer, age 48. In 1980, he published the incredibly incorrectly named A Liar’s Autobiography Volume VI and it has been re-published three times since his death. To paraphrase the advertising slogan for the 1960’s film Myra Breckenridge: The […]

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Emma: A Victorian Romance Season One

Emma: A Victorian Romance Season One

| February 11, 2013

Emma: A Victorian Romance is a sweet, languid romantic story of class-crossed lovers in London. In Victorian England the idea of a maid and an heir to a business fortune falling in love was just not allowed. For Emma and William Jones, they have to figure out if they are willing to go against society […]

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Mimesis

Mimesis

| February 9, 2013

It’s not unusual to watch a film and be reminded of other films that may have– or obviously have– influenced it. However, to be reminded of an influence and to actually watch a film where that influence is actively woven into the fabric of the new film is rare. One of the reasons for this […]

The Factory

The Factory

| February 9, 2013

Buffalo, New York, in the dead of winter. Obsessed cop Mike Fletcher (John Cusack) is up to his old tricks, chasing down the elusive trail of another serial killer instead of paying attention to his wife and teenaged daughter. They would much rather he were home, especially since its the holidays, rather than prowling the […]

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Toriko: Part One

Toriko: Part One

| February 7, 2013

The culinary arts have been explored in anime and manga for years, but no anime or manga has ever managed to inject the same testosterone fueled madness of Dragon Ball Z or Fist of the North Star into cuisine, until Toriko. Serialized in Shonen Jump, Misutoshi Shimabukuro’s Toriko explores a world where cuisine is king and people wish to eat rare and exotic ingredients, […]

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The Thieves

The Thieves

| February 6, 2013

Last September, I had the pleasure of screening Korean writer/director Dong-Hoon Choi’s 2006 feature, Tazza: The High Rollers when it arrived on North American DVD. And it knocked my friggin’ socks off! It was easily the most sprawling epic of a gambling picture I had ever seen, and so tightly structured and paced that I […]

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