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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.
January 30, 2015
Honeymoon

Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak, 2014)

Honeymoon is like the edge of a blade, which could turn out quite dull or sharp as hell. Riding that edge is what makes the film so appealing.
January 30, 2015
Live

Live (Noboru Iguchi, 2014)

What is most impressive with Live is its infectious energy.Every death, every plot point is sacrificed to the cinematic experience.

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November 26, 2010
Ip Man 2

Ip Man 2 (Wilson Yip, 2010)

Watching Ip Man 2, you're left with the feeling that it doesn't have a reason for existing, except to cash in on the success of the first Ip Man.
March 26, 2010
The Savages

The Savages (Tamara Jenkins, 2007)

In The Savages, Tamara Jenkins explores the importance of family and the effects of dementia in this hard depiction of growing old.
November 28, 2010
Blades of Blood

Blades of Blood (Lee Joon-ik, 2010)

Blades of Blood is a Korean wuxia, a sword-fighting martial arts film set in the 16th century, during the Japanese invasion.
October 1, 2010
Come Drink With Me

Come Drink With Me (King Hu, 1966)

In Come Drink With Me, King Hu considers each of the director’s tools, using camera movement differently than editing or the wide-screen space.
March 26, 2010
There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

There Will Be Blood methodically depicts the rise of its fictional character, from his modest entrepreneurial beginnings to rich oil mogul.
October 17, 2013
My Fantasia 2013

My Fantasia 2013: Preamble

Fantasia 2013 started with a change of venue (the Concordia Hall theater is gone for now, under construction), and we were welcomed back to the Imperial theater on Bleury Street. It’s an old new home since the festival started out showing films at the Imperial way back when. On March 16th at 1PM, the tickets for the festival go on […]
November 28, 2010
Love in a Puff

Love in a Puff (Ho-cheung Pang, 2010)

Love in a Puff (Pang Ho-cheung, 2010), from one of Hong Kong most promising directors, stands out as a great example of how to do romantic comedies right.
April 20, 2010
3:10 to Yuma

3:10 To Yuma (James Mangold, 2007)

In 3:10 To Yuma, a down-on-his-luck farmer volunteers to escort an outlaw (Russell Crowe) to the 3:10 train out of Yuma which will lead him to jail.
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 […]
April 20, 2010
Sherrybaby

Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer, 2006)

Held together almost entirely by the strength of Gyllenhall’s performance, Sherrybaby is one of the best independent movies of the decade.
April 20, 2010
Ip Man

Ip Man (Wilson Yip, 2008)

Ip Man, a martial arts master, must go against his own code of conduct to protect his fellow countrymen when war breaks out.
September 28, 2010
Coming Home

Coming Home: Melodrama and social change

David Ehrenstein condemns melodramas like Coming Home for perpetuating the illusion that they can affect social change instead of creating real change.