2001-2010

Tarek Ehlail – Chaostage (2009)

Germany during a normal summer weekend. Punks, Skins and autonomous groups – in case they meet each other this will end up in chaos – this happens during the Chaostage (chaos days). The movie tells a story which could happen every time anywhere. The right mixture of beer, sun music and a feeling of violence will become an explosive mixture. Read More »

William Friedkin – Bug (2006)

Synopsis:
Having escaped her abusive ex-husband Goss (Harry Connick Jr.), recently released from state prison, Agnes (Ashley Judd), a lonely waitress with a tragic past moves into a sleazy, run-down motel and her lesbian co-worker R.C (Lynn Collins) introduces her to Gulf War veteran Peter (Michael Shannon), a peculiar, paranoiac drifter and they begin a tentative romance. However, things don’t always seem as they appear and Agnes is about to experience a claustrophobic nightmare reality as the bugs begin to arrive… Read More »

Alberto Rodríguez – After (2009)

“After” plot starts one summer night, when three old friends meet after a long time. The three of them get inside a night spiral which brings them back to adolescence and that serves as the only way to breaking free from their ghosts. Read More »

Various – Chacun son cinema aka To Each His Cinema (2007)

A collective film of 33 shorts

Review:
The specter of the death of cinema and the communal movie experience hangs like an ironic shroud over “To Each His Own Cinema,” a mostly engaging compilation of 33 three-minute films made by leading international auteurs on the occasion of the Cannes Film Festival’s 60th birthday. Venture was conceived and produced by fest prexy Gilles Jacob as a way to celebrate the cinema rather than Cannes per se, and the directors were asked only to express “their state of mind of the moment as inspired by the motion picture theater.” Collection was televised throughout France on Canal Plus simultaneously with its Cannes preem and will be released on DVD in Gaul on May 25. Read More »

Mathieu Demy – Americano (2011)

A man who returns to Los Angeles to wrap up his mother’s estate sets out in search of the mysterious woman named in her will. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Hae anseon aka The Coast Guard (2002)

Quote:
Perhaps the reason why this movie is getting such a bad rap is mainly a fault of its well-meaning, but still incoherent style and narrative structure. I have not read any articles on this movie or interviews with the director to know what his overt intention was, but in the end I think the movie falls short of its mark due to Kim’s perennial fixation on obsession, whether it was his intention to delve into this subject matter or not. On most levels, obsession is a largely private affair, and any exegesis of obsession enmeshed within the loaded geopolitical situation that is now Korea would require a broader vision and canvas matched with a technical command of story telling than any that Kim has been able to provide here or elsewhere. Read More »

Ki-duk Kim – Suchwiin bulmyeong AKA Address Unknown (2001)

Romances end in blood and the frail hopes of individuals are torn apart in a vile karmic continuity of colonialism…
Address Unknown (2001) is Kim Ki-Duk’s most political film so far which traces the scars left by the Korean war of the 1950s and its contemporary reverberations on a US Army base. Read More »