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The Strangers
September 1st, 2008

First time writer/director Bryan Bertino goes for nerve sawing tension rather than gore, and thoroughly achieves it through inventive camera angles and an unsettling score and sound effects. Unfortunately logic, natural behaviour and consistency are all sacrificed on the altar to achieve such a living, breathing sense of dread, and cliché often curbs an otherwise realistic depiction of events.

American Swing
August 1st, 2009

The highlight is the reminiscences of a then-young female photographer who frequented Plato’s and provides the unwitting moral of the story when she describes how she got pubic lice just from sitting down in the mattress-strewn ‘sex room’.


Tales of the Unexpected
July 1st, 2007

Stories weren’t about issues in those days, they were about setting up a scenario you’d never seen before (paying attention, Hollywood?) and keeping you mercilessly hooked by your need to know What Happens Next.

Away We Go
November 1st, 2009

So the pair take flight to find a hometown that feels right, calling on friends and relatives around North America in a series of vignettes that teach them how not to be good parents. Between the goofy, talky soccer mum (Janney) to the extreme Aquarian hippie (Gyllenhaal), the two end up more confused than they started.


Four Minutes
April 1st, 2008

Will the teacher show the prot√©g√© the love she’s never known? Will the student bring the damaged older soul back to life? Watch a million other movies from Dangerous Minds and Dead Poet’s Society to Freedom Writers to find out.

Criminal Heroes
May 17th, 2008

What else but the movies could make the bad guys the heroes? They’re mostly at home in comedies or films with comic elements, because while we know there are guys out there who can crack safes, launch computer viruses or deal drugs, they’d never act against the innocent …would they?






Tales of the Unexpected Forget the endless, tired procession of slasher-era remakes, J horror, exploitation double ...
July 1st, 2007

Four Minutes Note to filmmakers; there's little else you can bring to the determined-teacher-heals-troubled-kid ...
April 1st, 2008

Away We Go In-love Gen Xers Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) fall pregnant and embark ...
November 1st, 2009

The Strangers It doesn't look like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but this smoothly shot ...
September 1st, 2008

American Swing Taking strong tonal cues from the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat, American ...
August 1st, 2009

White Planet The renaissance of cinema documentaries was bound to let loose a few ...
April 1st, 2008


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