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The Assassin

Written by: Xing Pei (Short story), Hai-Meng Hsieh, Cheng Ah, T’ien-wen Chu, and Hsiao-Hsien Hou (Screenplay) Directed by: Hsiao-Hsien Hou Starring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, and Fang-yi Sheu It is true what they say, my friend...
 
 
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When Animals Dream – A werewolf film with a feminist bite

Written by: Rasmus Birch , Christoffer Boe, and Jonas Alexander Arnby Directed by: Jonas Alexander Arnby Starring: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, and Jakob Oftebro 2015 was an interesting year for movies. There were...
 
 
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Over Your Dead Body – Miike’s chilling tribute to “Yotsuya Kaidan”

Written by: Kikumi Yamagishi Directed by: Takashi Miike Starring: Ko Shibasaki, Ebizô Ichikawa, and Hitomi Katayama Takashi Miike has been called many things: master of horror, provocateur, sicko. The guy makes some polarizing ...
 

 
Drama
 

Misunderstood – A poignant, yet brutal, coming of age tale

Written by: Barbara Alberti and Asia Argento Directed by: Asia Argento Starring: Giulia Salerno, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gabriel Garko, Carolina Poccioni, and Anna Lou Castoldi Asia Argento is widely known, in the film world, as ...
 
 
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A lot of bad things happen, in Katrin Gebbe’s “Nothing Bad Can Happen”

Written and directed by: Katrin Gebbe Starring: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, and Swantje Kohlhof “Not for the faint of heart…”. That is how I usually describe any film of Lars Von Tr...
 
 
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Throw Back Thursday review of “Lesson of the Evil”

Written by: Yûsuke Kishi (Novel) and Takashi Miike (Screenplay) Directed by: Takashi Miike Starring: Hideaki Itô, Takayuki Yamada, and Erina Mizuno Oh Takashi Miike…. How you never fail to surprise. I am pretty sure…...
 

 
Animated
 

When Marnie Was There – A (last?) beautiful, touching film from Studio Ghibli

Written by:  Joan G. Robinson (Novel), Keiko Niwa (Screenplay), Masashi Ando (Screenplay), and Hiromasa Yonebayashi Adapted English screenplay by: David Freedman Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Starring (Voices): Sara Takatsu...
 
 
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Love – Gaspar Noé pushes the boundaries of sex in cinema

Written and directed by: Gaspar Noé Starring: Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock, and Klara Kristin There are two directors my mind immediately thinks of when it comes to films that are incredibly well made, breathtaking to look at, but...
 
 
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Yakuza Apocalypse – wonderfully entertaining Miike insanity

Written by: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi Directed by: Takashi Miike Starring: Hayato Ichihara, Lily Frankie, and Yayan Ruhian Japanese auteur Takashi Miike has made a lot (I mean A LOT) of crazy, ultra-violent shockfests in his day. Fro...
 

 
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Howl – A werewolf film with quite a few things to like

Written by: Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby Directed by: Paul Hyett Starring: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan, Ania Marson, Sam Gittins, Shauna Macdonald, Amit Shah, Sean Pertwee, and Rosie Day What if I were to tell you ...