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March 20, 2018
Black Panther movie

Black Panther: A Perspective

I’ve been away from the Kinoreal blog for a while, and I’ve missed writing it. Movies are the way I make sense of life, how I endeavour to understand the complex issues that affect me daily. Maybe I haven’t been motivated enough by any of the recent movies to add to the discussion. Black Panther has changed that. Although not […]
February 27, 2018

On the dopeness of Black Panther

I’ve been excited about Black Panther from the moment I heard about it. It's now a record-breaking release. So why are we so extra with this movie?
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.

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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.
August 12, 2011
Petty Romance

Petty Romance (Jeong-Hoon-Il Kim, 2010)

With its raunchy premise, Petty Romance begins with strong comedic elements. The most interesting part of the movie is its odd first half.
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.
April 19, 2010
The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, 2007)

In the Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne, a secret agent recovering from amnesia, decides to dismantle the spy agency responsible for his condition.
April 14, 2011

The Fighter (David O. Russell, 2010)

WHAT IT IS: The tale of boxer Micky ’Irish’ Ward and his brother Dicky, a flash celebrity, drug-addicted ex-boxer from Lowell, MA, and their common struggle to reconcile life, career and family.HOW IT IS: it’s no secret (and I think I’ve mentioned it a few times in my critiques) that I don’t like biopics. I think a movie — which, […]
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.
December 30, 2011

Underwater Love (Shinji Imaoka, 2011)

Underwater Love is weird. No, I mean really weird. The unconventional premise attracted me, as I perused through this year’s thick Fantasia program. In the movie, a dreamy-eyed innocent fish factory worker meets a kappa, a Japanese anthropomorphic turtle-like water spirit that, as it happens, was a high-school comrade of hers. The two will eventually end up together, but not […]
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 19, 2010
Man on Fire

Man On Fire (Tony Scott, 2004)

Man on Fire is part of Scott's flip-out phase, where the director experimented with ultra fast-cutting editing, and video clip-like light transitions.
July 29, 2011
My Fantasia 2011

My Fantasia 2011: Selling out

A few weeks before the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, the programmers released a tentative list of noteworthy films to be screened at the festival. Before then, I’m a little underwhelmed about the festival this year, enthralled in activities out and about in the city. Montreal in the summer is something to experience; it’s frustrating really, choosing between all the happenings […]
November 28, 2010

Woochi (Dong-hoon Choi, 2009)

What starts out as a magic-driven wuxia-like, visually close to Blades of Blood, set in the Joseon era in Korea, segues into an unsophisticated popular blockbuster film. Woochi, an undisciplined, mischievous Taoist wizard, banished inside a scroll by three wise men, is unleashed in modern times to help against an invasion of goblins in a world that has forgotten all […]
September 28, 2010
Forbidden love and In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Wong Kar-Wai is considered influential. In the Mood for Love (2000) was a big commercial success for him. How does it compare to Wong Kar-Wai’s other work?