Jet Li’s last wushu film is entertaining, with some great fights, but is time and again bogged down by clunky emotional passages. Whilst director Ronny Yu explained before the film the difference between traditional Chinese reality-bound action films like Fearless Continue reading Fearless
Okay so I’ve figured it out. Hayao Miyazaki is a Dairy Cup filmmaker. Let me explain. For many, many years now I have frequented a certain fast food establishment that focuses on chicken (I shall not mention their name for Continue reading The Castle of Cagliostro
The follow-up to the classic anime Ghost in the Shell (Kôkaku kidôtai) has been a long time coming, but it is certainly worth the wait. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a damn fine sequel. Mamoru Oshii, also director Continue reading Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
This film is highly regarded by many, and it can only be for the final act and its powerful portrayal of self-interest winning over moral right. Sadly the impact of the final scenes is diminished by the ponderously slow journey we take in getting there.
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Whilst at times intelligent, insightful and amusing, Manual of Love never quite captures the brilliance it suggests. The central conceit is the use of four relationship vignettes, that complement the four sections of a popular self-help audio book entitled ‘Manuale Continue reading Manual of Love
Sadly, it seems that although there is much being offered here by way of subtext – political commentary on class and socialism, gender equality, and the changing roles of men and women in 1970’s society – there is just too much being said to allow a coherent point to be made.
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From Israel comes this thriller focusing on two Palestinian childhood friends as they prepare to commit a suicide bombing. Thankfully this film doesn’t simply take advantage of such tragic events (can you imagine Hollywood having a go at it?), but Continue reading Paradise Now
I’d been eagerly awaiting the release of Night Watch since I missed it at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, and I’m sad to say that I’m a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, Night Watch is far, far better Continue reading Night Watch
After the beautiful Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) and the confronting Lilja 4-ever it’s disappointing to see Lukas Moodysson’s new film is a turgid, rambling mess. A Hole In My Heart comprises only the bare bones of a narrative, and Continue reading A Hole in My Heart
Hayao Miyazaki’s new film is indeed a feast for the eyes. Drawing from Diana Wynne Jones’ book of the same name, Howl’s Moving Castle takes us to a wonderful steampunk-ish world full of huge, ungainly machines that belch smoke into Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle