September 2003 Archives

The Scent of Green Papaya

The Scent of Green Papaya by Tran Anh Hung (Review)

The Scent of Green Papaya concerns itself with being realistic, with finding the beauty in the ordinary.
9 Souls, Toshiaki Toyoda

9 Souls by Toshiaki Toyoda (Review)

There’s a moment when “9 Souls” ceases being an entertaining film about bumbling ex-cons and becomes something far deeper.
Save the Green Planet

Save the Green Planet by Jang Jun-hwan (Review)

Gems like this one are the whole reason why I watch and review movies in the first place.
Jeux D'Enfants

Jeux D’Enfants by Yann Samuell (Review)

I found it very hard to feel for characters so completely dense and mean-spirited.
Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Goodbye, Dragon Inn by Tsai Ming-liang (Review)

If I’m being unduly harsh on the movie, it’s because I found it so incredibly disappointing.
Purple Butterfly

Purple Butterfly by Lou Ye (Review)

Purple Butterfly is often an arresting and breathtaking film but also a frustrating film to watch as well.
Grimm - Alex van Warmerdam

Grimm by Alex Van Warmerdam (Review)

Although I loved parts of the film, overall Grimm just didn’t do too much for me.
The Tesseract - The Pang Brothers

The Tesseract by Oxide Pang (Review)

One instance where an abundance of style actually hinders the film more than helps it.
Ju-On, Takashi Shimizu

Ju-on: The Grudge by Takashi Shimizu (Review)

There are certain things in this movie that I’ll never get out of my head.
Cheeky - David Thewlis

Cheeky by David Thewlis (Review)

A film about death and mourning that’s filled with warmth and a wonderful sense of humor.
Maqbool - Vishal Bhardwaj

Maqbool by Vishal Bhardwaj (Review)

This brilliant adaptation gives a classic Western text an exotic twist that could easily open people’s eyes to a whole new realm of world cinema.
Harakiri - Masaki Kobayashi

Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi (Review)

This may not be as famous as Kurosawa and Mifune’s samurai pictures, but it’s a great one nonetheless.


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