Tag Archives: Foreign Film


Movie Review: Shi mian mai fu [House of the Flying Daggers]

HouseOfFlyingDaggersThumbby Brad Nelson
2005 Oscars: Nominated for “Best Achievement in Cinematography.” Apparently it didn’t win which shows you how utterly worthless the opinion of the Academy is. And I mean utterly worthless. More » • (1956 views)

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Movie Review: Aleksandra (2007)

AleksandraThumbby Brad Nelson
A weary, but stoic, Russian grandma comes to visit her grandson on the front lines in Chechnya where the troops are no less exhausted. Contrasted with the oppressive heat, the dust-covered military steel, and a bare-bones fort, is Mother Russia herself personified in a grey-haired old woman. More » • (1115 views)

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Movie Review: Classe Tous Risques

ClasseTousRisquesThumbby Brad Nelson
A 1959 French film, loosely based on a true story from a book written by a guy who was once on death row (he was eventually pardoned) in the cell next to the featured character, Abel Davos, played criminally (in the good sense) by Lino Ventura. More » • (689 views)

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Movie Review: Au Revoir Les Enfants

LesEnfantsThumbby Brad Nelson
Anti-Semitism is a cheerful, almost patriotic thing these days. We look back at the days of Hitler and chuckle that anyone could have been so stupid or beastly as to get involved in something like that. More » • (1082 views)

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Movie Review: Departures (Okuribito)

Departures Theatrical 25% ph6.inddby Brad Nelson
If the Richter scale is the measurement of the severity of earthquakes, then the Bourne scale is the measurement of camera shakes and baseless freneticism in movies. More » • (900 views)

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Movie Review: Såsom i en spegel (“Through a Glass Darkly,” a film by Swedish director Ethel Merman)

MaxThumbby Brad Nelson
It’s a mad mad mad mad schizophrenic world in this 1961 film about a woman dealing with the early stages of that illness. [No, not Ethel Merman, Ingmar Bergman.] More » • (766 views)

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Movie Review: Shichinin No Samurai (The Seven Samurai)

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Where to begin? Rarely does a movie impress me and delight me at the same time. More » • (1642 views)

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Movie Review: Oasis (2002)

OasisThumbby Brad Nelson
Everyone’s a victim these days, so that’s a word that has lost a lot of emotional impact, at least for me. What we find ourselves doing in this culture is trying to ramp up our emotions and tears to match increasingly thinner notions of victimhood. More » • (964 views)

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Movie Review: Gloomy Sunday (1999)

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Warning: There is a better than one-in-two chance that you will want to kill yourself after (or even during) reading this review. More » • (3120 views)

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Movie Review: City of God

CityOfGodThumbby Brad Nelson
This movie is based upon a true story. First, a little Avatarcasm (I still can’t get that stupid movie out of my head but it makes for a fine foil for my morality tales)…

It can be a beautiful thing when children murder other children, especially when they are all “people of color” living an Avatar-like life in tribal naturalness. That yucky thing called “Western Civilization” is so oppressive and exploitative. More » • (906 views)

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