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Taken (2008) PG-13 93min

January 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Taken (2008)

This action thriller is directed by Pierre Morel, who is mostly known for his work as cinematographer (War (2007), Love and other disasters (2006), The Transporter (2002)). Of course, a French director could not make an action movie without the best French [...]

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Tags: Action · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Revolutionary Road (2008) R 119min

January 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Revolutionary Road (2008)

“Revolutionary Road” is a drama set in 1950s based on Robert Yates’s novel and directed by Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Road to Perdition, American Beauty) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
The plot: A young couple living in mid-1950s in a [...]

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Tags: Drama · Foreign · Movies · UK · USA

Persepolis (2007) PG-13 138min

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is a political film describing life in Iran over the past 40 years in the form of… animated story.
The plot: Marjane Satrapi, director and writer of the movie, uses the comic and now the cartoon to tell the story of her [...]

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Tags: Animation · Black and White · DVD · Drama · France · Movies

Review of “Death at a Funeral” (2007) 90min

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

From the animation and the music theme of the opening credits sequence you know you are watching a witty comedy that won director Frank Oz (famous for directing movies like Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Stepford Wives and giving his voice [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Nethedlands · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Review of “Smart People” (2008) 95min

April 12th, 2008 · No Comments

“Smart People” is a comedy and drama based on novel by Mark Poirier and directed by Noam Murro, an award winning director [of commercials]. Correct me if I’m wrong, but “Smart People” appears to be the first feature film he directed. I went [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Romance

Review of “Sami Swoi” (1967) UR 80min

April 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Our Folks” is a classic Polish comedy.
The plot: Two quarreling families were expatriated from Eastern Poland (now Belarus) to Western part of Poland that used to be German before the WWII. By accident they end up being settling on neighboring farms again.
The good: [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Classic Films · Comedy · DVD · Movies

Review of “Definitely, Maybe” (2008) PG-13

February 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is a new romantic comedy from the makers of Noting Hill and Love Actually.
The plot: Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds – Sabrina the Teenage Witch, In Cold Blood, The Outer Limits series, Dick, Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Blade: [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA