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4 items from 2011

New this Week: ’50/50,’ ‘Dream House’ and ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon (DVD)’

28 September 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

50/50 – Joseph Gordon-LevittSeth RogenAnna Kendrick

CourageousAlex KendrickKen BevelKevin Downes

Dream HouseDaniel CraigRachel WeiszNaomi Watts

What’s Your Number? - Anna FarisChris EvansAri Graynor

Movie of the Week


The Stars: Joseph Gordon-LevittSeth RogenAnna Kendrick

The Plot: A comedic account of a 27-year-old guy’s cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

The Buzz: I don’t know, I’m not that excited about 50/50, but it’s gotta be better than Dream House, right? Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz are both great actresses, generally known for choosing good films, but this Daniel Craig guy, really? He’s looking so haggard, like he’s strung out on heroin, and he just emanates this brooding whininess, and I sense zero acting talent within. How in the world did he become a leading man? I »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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First trailer hits for Taiwanese epic Seediq Bale

16 June 2011 12:50 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Detailing the 1930 uprising by the Seediq Indians against the colonial Japanese forces, director Wei Te Sheng's two-part Taiwanese epic Seediq Bale is set to take the world by storm when it opens in September. It stars Masanobu Ando, Landy Wen, Vivian Hsu and Umin Boya in the lead role.The first trailer has just popped up on the film's official YouTube channel and looks to be pretty high-end stuff, giving off something of a Last Of The Mohicans vibe in my opinion, but there's more than a smattering of 300 or Avatar in there too. The film is the follow-up to Wei's box office sensation Cape No.7 and has been a pet project for the director for the past decade. Here's hoping Taiwan can deliver »

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Blu-ray Review: Battle Royale 3 Disc Edition Is Essential Purchase

6 March 2011 3:32 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

When the inevitable debate arises over the merits of literature against cinema, the written word almost always emerges victorious. Alongside the few films to actually better the source material is Kinji Fukasaku’s ultraviolent Battle Royale, an altogether more concise, barbed political satire when compared to Koshun Takami’s more straight-laced work of pulp fiction. Right from its matter-of-fact opening and throughout, this is unerringly gripping cinema, and while known as much for its controversy as its brilliance, it is no mere act of novel shockery; this is a thoughtful, stylistically compelling film with potent comparisons to the aestheticisation of violence demonstrated in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

The film is available in the U.K. on Blu-ray from tomorrow. Here is our review…

At the dawn of the millennium, with Japan facing social decline, with the highest-ever rates of unemployment and truancy from school, the government passed the B. »

- Shaun Munro

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Retro DVD Review: Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Getting Any’ & ‘Kids ‘Return’

2 January 2011 7:22 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Getting Any?

Stars: Dankan, Moeko Ezawa, Hakuryu, Takeshi Kitano | Written and Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Asao, played by Dankan, is a 35 year old virgin who lives with his grandfather in a Tokyo suburb. After watching an adult movie on tv, Asao decides the only way he can ever get a girl and get laid is to buy a sports car. The film follows Asao’s efforts to get the car, the girl and get laid – along the way he sells his grandfather’s liver and kidney’s, steals a car, runs over a prospective date, joins the yakuza, becomes invisible, and gets transformed into a giant fly-man!

Getting Any? is a Airplane-style scatalogical satire on japanese culture, with references to Zatoichi, Godzilla, and Ultraman, it even spoofs Speilberg’s Et. Feeling like a Japanese take on the sex comedies of the 1980’s, such as Screwballs, Porky’s and in particular the Lemon Popsicle series, »

- Phil

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