Archive for August, 2010

Yun-Fat Chow (Tequila), Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Alan), Philip Kwok (Mad Dog), Philip Chan (Pang), Wei Tung (Foxy), Hoi-Shan Kwan (Mr. Hoi). Screenplay by Barry Wong. Directed by John Woo. Rating: 18. Running time: 128 minutes. Get me a thesaurus, because the two most apt adjectives that spring to mind here – ridiculous and outrageous […]


Soledad Villamil (Irene Menéndez Hastings), Ricardo Darín (Benjamín Esposito), Guillermo Francella (Pablo Sandoval). Screenplay by Eduardo Sacheri and Juan José Campanella. Directed by Juan José Campanella. Rating: 18. Running time: 129 minutes. This is a special one. A real, real delight. Unheard of until it surprisingly picked up the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, The Secret in Their […]


Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander), Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist), Micke Spreitz (Ronald Niedermann), Lena Endre (Erika Berger). Screenplay by Jonas Frykberg. Directed by Daniel Afredson. Rating: 15. Running time: 129 minutes. There was something about the first cinematic instalment of late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy that made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that little […]


Roberto Benigni (Roberto), Steve Buscemi (Waiter), Iggy Pop (Himself), Cate Blanchett (Herself, Shelly). Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Rating: 15. Running time: 95 minutes. The best thing about Coffee and Cigarettes – apart from the ever-brilliant Cate Blanchett – is, unfortunately, its opening credits. That’ll seem like quite an insult when you […]


Angelina Jolie (Evelyn Salt), Liev Schreiber (Ted Winter), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peabody). Screenplay by Kurt Wimmer. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Rating: 12. Running time: 100 minutes. News of Salt’s production first hit the media around the time Changeling came out two years ago. Angelina Jolie had finally taken a role in a film that involved more than […]


Steve Buscemi (Tourist), Juliette Binoche (Suzanne), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Liz), Natalie Portman (Francine), Bob Hoskins (Bob) et al. Screenplays by Gus Van Sant, Joel & Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuarón et al. Directed by Gus Van Sant, Joel & Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuarón et al. Rating: 15. Running time: 120 minutes. A strangely enjoyable compilation of around 15 […]


[Voices] Dickie Jones (Pinocchio), Cliff Edwards (Jiminy Cricket), Christian Rub (Geppetto). Screenplay by Ted Sears et al. Directed by Hamilton Luske and Ben Sharpsteen. Rating: U. Running time: 88 minutes. Pinocchio must be what a partnership between Miyazaki and Kurosawa would look like, even if it precedes the careers of both of those maestro Asian […]