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  • The Yards 2000

    ★★★ Added

    Well shot, well written crime drama with a great cast (Mark Walhberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan, Charlize Theron) and an underrated director, James Gray ("We Own The Night").

  • Nanking 2007

    ★★½ Added

    Horrific subject matter (the Imperial Japanese Army's conquest and then rape of the then Chinese capital, Nanking) not done proper justice by this cliched documentary. It uses archive footage and interviews but it's propped up by a heavy handed soundtrack and testimonies read in character by American actors. I prefer historical documentaries which go for the raw truth or the poetic tragedy of events. This is too much like infotainment for me. The essential work on this subject isn't a film but a book, "The Rape Of Nanking" by the late Chinese American author, Iris Chang.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    Documentary about"El Topo" director Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt at making "Dune" in the early 70's. Jodorowsky had put together an amazing team to try and pull it off - music by Pink Floyd, art design by Mobieus, Chris Foss and HR Giger, special effects by Dan O'Bannon, as well as a cast including Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and David Carradine. This is a film about filmmaking, about Jodorowsky's absolute commitment to his vision - he's a an eccentric and inspiring…

  • War Horse 2011

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    Manipulative, boring, emotionally simplistic drama directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is way too long, as usual with directors like Spielberg, he thinks he is making an epic for the sake of making an epic so it's very long winded. I'm something of an animal lover, but i gotta be honest, i didn't give a fuck about this fella or his horse.