Tag Archives: 2000s

Buddhadev Dasgupta – Uttara AKA The Wrestlers (2000)

In the pastoral expanse of rural Bengal, in Purulia district, single railroad workers and best friends Balaram (Shankar Chakraborty) and Nemai (Tapas Pal) spend their days wrestling on a hill with little work to speak of because the fact that their flag station has only a couple of trains to be flagged off or signalled to. Read More »

Toshiaki Toyoda – Yomigaeri no chi AKA The Blood of Rebirth (2009)

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Based on a well-known Japanese legend, the story concerns the sage-masseur Oguri (Tatsuya Nakamura), who is summoned by ailing King Daio (Kiyohiko Shibukawa). Despite receiving superlative treatment, the king is insulted by Oguri’s casual attitude toward death, so he poisons the healer. In the afterlife, Oguri chooses to come back to this world—as an infant. Growing up quickly, he meets Terute (Mayu Kusakari), a concubine who has escaped from the king, and together they seek the Waters of Resurrection. Read More »

Dario Argento – Non ho sonno AKA Sleepless (2001)

IMDB plot summary:
“Turin, 1983. Commissioner Moretti (Max von Sydow) tells to a boy: “I’ll catch the killer of your mother, I’ll catch him for all my life”. Same town, 17 years later. The murderer is back (he is not dead, as people thought for a long time), he attacks two girls and a long strip of blood begins. The boy now is an adult and when he meets the old Moretti they decide to close the case forever. To do it they must solve the puzzles of the killer, nicknamed The Dwarf: where the corpses are found, there is always a piece of paper with the form of an animal. And in a mysterious house is hidden a poem titled “The animal farm” but it’s not the Orwell novel… it’s a clue.” Read More »

Dario Argento – Il cartaio AKA The Card Player (2004)

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A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpool agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam. Read More »

Dario Argento – Ti piace Hitchcock? AKA Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005)

A college film student, obsessed with the works of Alfred Hitchcock, investigates a murder committed in the apartment building across from his and suspects that his seductive neighbor hired a girlfriend to commit the deed. Read More »

Thom Andersen – Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (HD)

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Of the cities in the world, few are depicted in and mythologized more in film and television than the city of Los Angeles. In this documentary, Thom Andersen examines in detail the ways the city has been depicted, both when it is meant to be anonymous and when itself is the focus. Along the way, he illustrates his concerns of how the real city and its people are misrepresented and distorted through the prism of popular film culture. Furthermore, he also chronicles the real stories of the city’s modern history behind the notorious accounts of the great conspiracies that ravaged his city that reveal a more open and yet darker past than the casual viewer would suspect. Read More »

Pema Tseden – ‘Tsol AKA Xunzhao zhimei gengdeng AKA The Search (2009)

Cinema-scope.com:
This film uses perfectly framed long takes, from a largely distant yet intimately engaged camera, to tell the story of a film crew driving around Tibet looking for actors to play in a filmed version of the opera. It wraps this quest around two concurrent love stories, and the whole becomes a masterpiece of understated emotional longing set against an urgent desire to preserve a disappearing culture. Read More »