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Sdaff Review: Silent River is a Visually Inventive Yet Frustrating Lynchian Noir

Sdaff Review: Silent River is a Visually Inventive Yet Frustrating Lynchian Noir
Chris Chan Lee’s third feature Silent River has all the materials for a great noir. From an intriguing premise about a man on a run to the hallucinogenic visuals and its eerie mood, almost every detail feels like something that came out of the mind of David Lynch. Yet, in spite of that promising potential, Silent River ends up like an afterthought, too busy building atmosphere instead of crafting a compelling narrative.

Set in a stunning American desert, the story centers on a man named Elliott (West Liang). We first meet him as he’s arriving at a motel, limping and carrying a black suitcase from the trunk of his car to the room he just rents. The man is clearly running away from something, though what it is that he runs away from is unclear. What’s not a mystery is his destination: he wants to meet and
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Film Review: Silent River (2021) by Chris Chan Le

Film Review: Silent River (2021) by Chris Chan Le
Chris Chan Lee is a Korean American independent filmmaker. In his debut feature “Yellow” he told a story of Korean-American teens, whose graduate night turns into a thriller. His second full-length movie “Silent River”, screening at San Diego Asian Film Festival in Asian American Panorama section, doesn’t focus on Asian-Americans or ethnicity-related issues. The only spoken language is English, and while the main characters have Asian roots, the fact bears no meaning to the storyline. You could swap them with anyone.

“Silent River” is screening at San Diego Asian Film Festival

The movie starts with a man (West Liang) traveling in his car through the American desert. Eerie music sounds in the background and a landscape of yellow-red rocks, dried tree trunks and sands add to the uncanny atmosphere. A man arrives at a parking lot of a cramped motel and limping, carries his suitcase to unpack it in a generic room.
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New ‘Magnum Pi’ Spoilers For Season 2, November 22, 2019 Episode 9 Revealed

Hey, "Magnum P.I." fans. We hope you guys are having a lovely Friday. We are back at you with a brand new article. This time, we're going to tell you things you guys can expect to see take place in the new, upcoming episode 9, which is due out next week. CBS recently served up a new press release for episode 9. So, that is our main source for this spoiler session. For starters, the new episode 9 is officially titled, "A Bullet Named Fate." It sounds like episode 9 will feature some possible emotional, very dramatic, intense and action-filled scenes as Magnum feels major guilt while working his latest investigation. Tc gets involved in spearheading a big protest and more! We'll go ahead and start off this spoiler session with the Magnum guilt situation. It turns out that Magnum will be feeling some immense guilt for one of his private investigator friends named Harry Brown.
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‘Ninja Apocalypse’ DVD Review

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Stars: Christian Oliver, Les Brandt, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ernie Reyes Jr., Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Kaiwi Lyman, West Liang, Tara Macken, Antoinette Kalaj, Alvin Hsing, Bryan Cartago, Mark Heidelberger | Written by Ashley Scott Meyers | Directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett

Not to be confused with the Don Wong starring, badly dubbed, poorly edited film of the same name – which I distinctly remember hiring from my local video shop – Ninja Apocalypse is set years after the great war, and the titular apocalypse, where humanity has become divided into separate clans of ninjas. Clans, which besides having your usual ninja-like martial arts skills, are also blessed with strange supernatural powers: some of which look like they stepped straight out of a video game – you know the type, the typical fireballs, lightning strikes and telekinesis.

Discovering a plot to attack their land, Grandmaster Fumitaka calls on the clans under his control to a meeting deep
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Ninjas Vs. Zombies in Trailer for Ninja Apocalypse

Here's a trailer for an awesome-looking martial arts fantasy film called Ninja Apocalypse. The movie was directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett, who has worked on the visual effects for films such as Avatar, Speed Racer, and Spider-Man. Judging from the trailer it looks like there will be some fun humor mixed in with some crazy cool action sequences involving martial arts mixed with magical powers. It looks like it will be a really entertaining, action-packed flick! The movie has a Mortal Kombat kind of feel to it, but it also has zombies! Not much is known about the plot of the film yet, but this trailer gives you a solid idea of what to expect.

The cast of the film includes Christian Oliver (The Three Musketeers), Ernie Reyes Jr. (The Rundown), Les Brandt, West Liang, Kaiwi Lyman, Tara Macken, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Antoinette Kalaj, Mark Heidelberger, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
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Garland's Critics List

Jeff Favreproduction: A Beautiful View, Son of Semele Theatre; Robots vs. Fake Robots, Powerhouse Theatre; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Geffen Playhouse.Playwriting: David Largman Murray, Robots vs. Fake Robots.Direction: Don Boughton, A Beautiful View; John Doyle, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Tiger Reel, Cartoon, Art/Works Theatre; Elise Robertson, The Women, Circus Theatricals.Music Direction: Sarah Travis, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Scenic Design: Simon Higlett, The School of Night, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum; Christine Jones, Spring Awakening, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre; Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre.Lighting Design: Russell H. Champa, The School of Night; Richard Jones, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Costume Design: Anthony Ward, My Fair Lady.Sound Design: Dan Moses Schreier, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.Perfomance In A (Primarily) Straight Play:Gregory Itzin,
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