Tag Archives: 1990s

Ming-liang Tsai – He liu AKA The River (1997)

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An unemployed young man named Hsiao-Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) passes idle time at a local Taipei mall when he encounters an old friend (Chen Shiang-chyi) on the opposite escalator. With time on his hands, he agrees to accompany her back to the location shoot where she is working as a production assistant for a film. At the site, the director is displeased with the unrealistic appearance of a mannequin intended to represent a dead body floating on the river, and asks the aimless Hsiao-Kang to act as a stand-in for the shot. Read More »

Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub – Schwarze Sünde (1990)

This is the Straubs’ film of Hüolderlin’s third attempt at Empedokles’s death. Read More »

Nicolas Humbert – Step Across the Border (1990)

from imdb,
“This film is a snapshot of the life of Fred Frith, an English-born multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improvisor. It finds him in Europe, Japan, and the US, working and playing with a variety of avant garde artists.

There is no narrative, or narrator. The images blend with his music, and visa versa, creating a narrative all their own. His performances, widely varied, reveal a light hearted intensity. In one scene, he uses his violin to ‘sing’ with seagulls and, in another, he conducts a quartet. Most of all, it shows him as a human being whose being is infused with music. It pours out of him in all its varied forms, and he welcomes it all. Read More »

George Huang – Swimming with Sharks (1994)

from IMDB-
“A young Hollywood executive becomes the assistant to a big time movie producer who is the worst boss imaginable: abusive, abrasive and cruel. But soon things turn around when the young executive kidnaps his boss and visits all the cruelties back on him.” Read More »

John Woo – Laat sau sen taan aka Hard-Boiled (1992)

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It is almost impossible to review Hard Boiled and at the same time avoid the bottomless anus-bowl of cliches that surround it. I’m sure it’s been described as “a high octane thrill ride”, and even on the box it says Hard Boiled is “an action fan’s dream”. This is all true, but plain and simple it is just a damn awesome movie. I am at a loss for bad things to say about it. Not many movies get me as pumped up as Hard Boiled does. It uses an arsenal of well executed techniques to draw the viewer into each and every action sequence. Read More »

Jamil Dehlavi – Immaculate Conception (1992)

Immaculate Conception is the story of a young western couple, Jewish-American Hannah and British Alistair who are living in Karachi and desperate for a child. They visit the eunuch shrine of Gulab Shah which has a reputation for curing infertility and, sure enough, Hannah conceives. Hannah decides to convert to Islam and coaxes Alistair to do the same. Read More »

Karin Julsrud – 1732 Høtten AKA Bloody Angels (1998)

Synopsis wrote:
A few months after a girl with developmental disabilities is sexually assaulted and murdered in Høtten, the two young men who most townsfolk think killed her go missing. When one is found drowned, Olso sends Nicholas Ramm to help – a world-weary detective whose investigative techniques are sometimes unconventional. Ramm runs into brick walls; people won’t help him. Meanwhile, Niklas, the younger brother of the dead and missing suspects, faces constant hazing at school simply for being from the wrong family. Can Ramm sort things out, find the girl’s killer, and win the lad and his family some respite from small-town cruelty? Read More »