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A few comic spy films tossed in for relief.....clandestine acts are intense and need a break sometimes
TV shows are in their own list
No particular order to list
Defying Gravity (2009)
Though I loved Ron Livingston in Office Space...I'm not a Christian... and I find myself having a frustrating time following what could be a very interesting sci-fi show because of all the obvious Christian emphasis within the show. Really, ABC couldn't be more blatant in its ideological support for a specific (and American centric religious) view. I'm mildly entertained and extremely insulted at the same time. Do I watch merely to list reasons to disavow anything associated with Disney and the religious right..., or do I watch to be sick with basic cable and fundamentalist views in America.
The show has nice effects and plenty of nice potential for an excellent science fiction series, but fails as a vehicle for religious dogma and prime-time limp drama.
The Departed (2006)
another Asian remake
With out Siu Fai Mak, this film would never have happened - even from Martin Scorsese. It is evident that Hollywood has completely run dry of new ideas and is seeking great films from Asian nations to make money - e.g. 'The Ring'. After years of great original gangster films from Scorsese, I am disappointed. A setting in Boston, is the only original item of this film. For those unfamiliar with Siu Fai Mak, I deeply encourage you to watch 'Mou Gaan Dou' ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338564/ ) aka 'Infernal Affairs' - the basis for this film. Infernal Affairs contains far more intense drama and (if not better) an equally high quality acting roster than this remake. Although this film was greatly entertaining, it would not have been made if not for the 2002 original from China.
Man yan (2004)
Raw Chinese cinematography at its finest.
An elegantly surprising real life experience via film that is highly character driven and makes excellent use of the camera in portraying a realistic environment throughout Beijing. 'Pirated Copy' - the films English title - uses the Black Market DVD peddlers on the Beijing streets as the films backdrop for the films character driven focus on interactions between people and their passion for film. Primarily, the film focuses on two couples - that term would apply to the second in more of a future sense - amongst the Beijing DVD pirates and their clients. The currently important issue of copyrights infringement/piracy - especially in China - coupled with the cinematographic style convey a startling realistic sense of a documentary. If you liked 'Real Fiction' (2000) (Ki-duk Kim) from Korea, definitely see this more recent film from China.