November 15, 2015
Spectre

Spectre (Sam Mendes, 2015)

Spectre is visually and technically flawless. The film is shot in stunning locations, and its photography is breathtaking.
May 5, 2015
Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds (Gabriele Muccino, 2008)

Seven Pounds is a great concept but executed with poor vision. The supporting cast is well chosen, with Dawson, Harrelson and Pepper being high points.
April 2, 2014
12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

The highlight of 12 Years a Slave is Steve McQueen’s direction. The arresting scenes of the film are the moments of sheer beauty.
November 6, 2013
Master Yip in Ip Man: The Final Fight

Ip Man: The Final Fight (Herman Yau, 2013)

Ip Man: The Final Fight is centred around an ensemble cast of characters including Ip Man’s first students, so we get to see the evolution of Hong Kong in this period through their eyes.
October 22, 2013
Louis Koo in Drug War

Drug War (Johnny To, 2012)

Drug War's writing is sharp and gripping, surprising us at every turn, setting up great action scenes, brilliantly directed by Johnny To.
June 9, 2013
Graceland from The Philippines

Graceland (Ron Morales, 2012)

Graceland is a dark and dirty moral tale of desperation and revenge, denouncing corruption. Yet, it isn’t sophisticated enough to deal with the subject.
July 24, 2011
Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, or how to fail at the impossible

The world is whole beyond human knowing. -Wendell Berry The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s latest creation, is years in the making, its genesis dating before distribution of his last movie, The New World, in 2005. Having already generated a substantial amount of ink in the media, and hot on the heels of its highly publicized win of the Palme […]
May 25, 2011
Edge of Darkness

Edge Of Darkness (Martin Campbell, 2010)

In Edge of Darkness, a veteran police detective uses his experience and skills to unearth the massive conspiracy and corruption that led to her death.
March 3, 2011
Terminator: Salvation

Terminator: Salvation (McG, 2009)

In Terminator: Salvation, John Connor is the leader of the resistance against Skynet, an artificial intelligence bent on wiping out humanity from existence.
February 23, 2011
Domino

Domino (Tony Scott, 2005)

Domino is stylistically intricate, using several techniques developed by Scott through his commercials and his latest films that enhance the narrative.
January 26, 2011
Man from Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere (Lee Jeong-beom, 2010)

WHAT IT IS: Operating a local pawn-shop, Tae-shik, a quiet man with a mysterious past, reluctantly befriends his neighbour’s young daughter, So-mi, the young girl left to her own devices by her crack-head mother. When the mother is killed in the aftermath of a drug deal gone badly and So-mi is abducted, Tae-shik will stop at nothing to save her. […]
April 20, 2010
Love Exposure

Love Exposure (Shion Sono, 2008)

Love Exposure is a beautiful film, a cherished secret I find myself unwilling to share but incapable of keeping. It's one of the best films I've ever seen.