Tag: Foreign

Puppylove

Puppylove

| April 3, 2017

Coming of age stories are always a gamble.  It’s like reviewing horror films.  You know that 90% of them are going to be garbage, but every once in a while you come across something really special.  Unfortunately, Puppylove isn’t very good.  However, it does have an interesting premise that could have been done well if […]

After the Storm

After the Storm

| March 17, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Blush

Blush

| February 8, 2017

From all appearances, Blush would seem to be a coming of age lesbian drama about two Jewish high school girls, Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) and Dana (Jade Sakori), exploring their sexuality along with drugs, alcohol, and the Tel Aviv night life.  Actually, I found all of this to be secondary to the main story line […]

Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water (2002)

| October 27, 2016

Modern American horror audiences have no patience. If there isn’t something jumping out from nowhere every 5 minutes, the movie is deemed boring. That’s a rather unfortunate way of thinking. Some of the most effective horror movies of all time had slow builds with amazing payoffs. For example, 1963’s The Haunting is eerie and atmospheric, […]

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Men & Chicken

Men & Chicken

| October 26, 2016

Two brothers, Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen; Hannibal TV Series), find themselves a bit lost when their father suddenly dies from a prolonged illness.  In his will, he reveals to the brothers that he is not their father; that their real father lives in a small island community.  When Gabriel and Elias decide […]

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Diary of a Chambermaid

Diary of a Chambermaid

| October 3, 2016

When Célestine (Léa Seydoux; Spectre) gets a new chambermaid position in the French countryside working for a horrible lady (Clotilde Mollet) and her grabby husband (Hervé Pierre), she is pretty miserable.  But, with her family gone and no life to speak of beyond moving from cleaning house to house, she decides to make the best […]

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Iphigenia

Iphigenia

| May 23, 2016

Apparently this is based on a real greek myth.  I mean an actual ancient greek story, not a greek myth that really happened in the real world, or maybe it did?  I don’t know where the line between legend and reality lies when it comes to the works of Eurpides and Homer.  Someone comment and […]

I Knew Her Well

I Knew Her Well

| February 11, 2016

It is not uncommon for even the biggest foreign films of the past to get lost in the shuffle. Nor for American films, either. The original cut of Orson Welles’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ has sadly been forever lost. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the world is unaware of Italian director Antonio […]

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The Gambler

The Gambler

| January 8, 2016

They say the house always wins.  Vincentas (Vytoutus Kaniusonis) knows this firsthand as he’s managed to accumulate a hefty gambling debt at the race track.  Being beaten by debt collectors and constantly falling deeper and deeper into debt might be enough to motivate anyone to turn things around and realize that gambling is not a […]

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The Maneater

The Maneater

| January 4, 2016

At first, this one reminded me of a Shakespearean story.  Jez (Mylene Jampanoi) and her occasional lover Erika (Mathilde Bisson) make a wager that Jez can’t successfully seduce a local priest, David (Marc Ruchmann), who recently performed her father’s funeral service.  It’s a good setup with some interesting characters, and the struggle David faces between […]

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