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Written By: frenchy on February 22, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Running Turtle (Lee Yeon-Woo, 2009, South Korea, 117 min.) imdb link

Date: Feb 6, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆
(uncomplicated fun; excellent closing movie for my 2010 festival)

Plot: Jo Pil-seong, a rural detective, is an unhappy husband, often blamed by his older wife for gambling. He finally gets lucky and wins a large bet, but then his winnings are stolen by a criminal on the run. And So The Chase Begins..


Cast: Nice cast, everyone above par.


Visuals: It’s a gangster chase comedy, nothing special on the visual side.


Conclusion: Had a lot of fun watching the movie. Nothing too deep, complicated or serious, just the right movie to close the festival.

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Written By: frenchy on February 22, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Blood And Bones (Sai Yoichi, 2004, Japan, 144 min.) imdb link

Date: Feb 5, 2010

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(Takeshi Kitano in brilliant role as an EpicBastard)

Plot: Epic story about a Korean man who took the boat to Japan and starts a family and a business. The only thing: the man is a cruel bastard from beginning to end.


Cast: My favorite actor, Takeshi Kitano’s is playing the lead and if you’ve ever seen the man perform, you’ll know how well he can portray a complicated and interesting brute.


Visuals: Reminded me of the Epic Movies done by the Italian directors in the 70s. Nice style, lots of great scenery and interesting shots/angles of the characters and their situations.


Conclusion: Not a new release, loved a chance to see Kitano act again without him needing to express his personal frustrations as a film maker.
By the way: the bastards at Pathe Schouwburg should be flogged within an inch of their lives for not repairing the climate control in the theatre/baking oven.

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Written By: frenchy on February 22, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Slice (Kongkiat Komesiri, 2009, Thailand, 99 min.) imdb link

Date: Feb 4, 2010

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
(holyshit whattaloadacrap! Enjoyable, so I have a bad taste, sue me ;) )

Plot: In Thailand, a serial killer leaves a trace of gruesome discoveries. Inspector Chin can’t find the culprit and calls in the help of a former hitman.


Cast: Horrible cast, please don’t let them act again, ever.


Visuals: Cheap Spaghetti Western effects mixed with some beautifully created shots. Weird.


Conclusion: This movie was so bad, I just stayed to kill the time before I went to have some drinks with other FestivalFiends.
Over the top drama and violence mixed with bad dialogue: should’ve made me run away, but I was perversely entertained by all the bad stuff shown on the screen. That, and the fact that I dropped my phone and couldn’t find it in the dark so I had to wait until the lights came on.
Yuck!

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Written By: frenchy on February 22, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Lebanon (Samuel Maoz, 2009, Israel, 94 min.) imdb link

Date: Feb 4, 2010

Rating: ★★★★★
(very impressive anti-war film, no one’s on the side of the angels and the devil’s inside us all)

Plot: June, 1982 – The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town..


Cast: The cast playing the tank crew showed us very effectively how it feels to be in a down-spiralling shituation. The weak commander was a bit too much over the top, but that’s almost negligable.


Visuals: Man, if you thought Das Boot was claustrophic, this movie mostly shows the point of view of the tank crew: through their visors. The image in one scene where the gunner aims to shoot an approaching car was disturbing – like the gunner, you could literally see the whites of the assaillant’s eyes.
The visuals were very, very effective, never a gimmick!


Conclusion: When selecting my movies for the festival I came across this movie and didn’t put it on my Must See list. That’s because most Middle East Conflict movies are either too one-sided or too preachy and they usually just get me horribly pissed off about the Shituation.
This movie was different for me – they showed the Real Thing about War: it’s the war that’s the Evil Beast, not Them-On-The-Other-Side. Both sides become victims as their actions always cause death and destruction without any glimpse of hope of some justification.
(StartOfRant). That old Kraut Bitch Riefenstahl should’ve thought about that a bit more, maybe then she’d have put her talents to some real use. (EndOfRant).
Very powerful, go see it.
Oh, and Eve/Blkbetty? Remember our mail discussion about Hurt Locker? I like the fact that HL is getting so much recognition and praise, but Lebanon is another movie that does the job much better.. Sorry ;)

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Written By: frenchy on February 22, 2010 No Comment

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Movie: Night And Fog (Ann Hui, 2009, Hong Kong, 122 min.) imdb link

Date: Feb 4, 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆
(nice, sometimes impressively sad & beautiful; got very angry, so that’s a good story well told & filmed)

Plot: Ann Hui’s dark realistic Night & Fog starts at the end of the story, with the brutal murder by a man of his wife and daughters.


Cast: Solid cast, everyone gave a great performance. I started to really hate the male character, so that’s good.


Visuals: Nothing over the top; effective and sober.


Conclusion: I kept wondering after the movie why the guy was such a brute. Wait, hold on.
I couldn’t understand how you can love your family so tenderly on the one hand and on the other be a total brutal dickshit that’d even make a politician seem like an OK person/object.
Very well made movie, totally got me frustrated about human behaviour.

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