Film Review: Shame

Steve McQueen’s Shame is a compelling picture. It is difficult to fault the film; it is an excellent character study. Brandon has a good job, a great apartment in New York City, and a sex addiction. His desires are insatiable, and spill over into his professional life, although he covers his tracks. When Brandon’s sister turns up unannounced, her presence […]

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Film Review: Dark Horse

Dark Horse a comedy drama that is only partially successful. Todd Solondz’s film has its moments, but feels unsatisfactory by the time the ending arrives. Abe is a thirty-something toy collector who works for his father’s company. When he meets Miranda at a wedding, he decides to pursue her, despite her initial reluctance. A relationship forms between Abe and Miranda, […]

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Film Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

A remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 film, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is engrossing throughout. The 2011 film is a slow-burner with depth. The early seventeenth-century Japan is a time of peace, leaving many samurai warriors without work. A warrior arrives at prestigious samurai house, wishing to commit ritual suicide as he cannot take the shame of being poverty-stricken. He […]

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Film Review: Like Crazy

From the trailer, Like Crazy looked to be a definite tearjerker. Unfortunately though, the entire film falls short of provoking a strong emotional response from the viewer. British student Anna falls in love with American student Jacob while she is studying in California. When her visa is due to expire, Anna cannot stand the thought of being separated from Jacob. […]

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Film Review: 360

Fernando Meirelles’ 360 takes place on an international scale. The global interwoven strands are a bit hit and miss, however. In Vienna, Blanca has her photograph taken for her escort website profile. In London, Rose feels guilty about cheating on her husband. John has taken a flight to the United States looking for his missing daughter. Valentina ponders about the […]

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