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‘A Better Tomorrow’ (1986): An Early John Woo-Misfire

Directed by: John Woo || Produced by: Tsui Hark, John Woo Screenplay by: Chan Hing-Ka, Leung Suk-Wah, John Woo || Starring: Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung, Chow Yun-fat, Emily Chu, Waise Lee Music by: Joseph Koo || Cinematography: Wing-Hung Wong || Editing by: Ma Kam, David Wu || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese Running Time: 95 … Continue reading

‘Trainspotting’ (1996): Danny Boyle Gets 1990s Cynicism

Directed by: Danny Boyle || Produced by: Andrew Macdonald Screenplay by: John Hodge || Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald Cinematography: Brian Tufano || Editing by: Masahiro Hirakubo || Country: United Kingdom || Language: English Running Time: 93 minutes Widely considered one of Scotland’s finest films, Trainspotting is the … Continue reading

‘Spirited Away’ (2001): That One Anime Movie Everyone Knows

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki || Produced by: Toshio Suzuki Written by: Hayao Miyazaki || Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Takehiko Ono, Bunta Sugawara Music by: Joe Hisaishi || Cinematography by: Atsushi Okui || Editing by: Takeshi Seyama || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 124 minutes … Continue reading

‘The Killer’ (1989): Before the Wachowskis… There Was Woo

Directed by: John Woo || Produced by: Tsui Hark Screenplay by: John Woo || Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kenneth Tsang, Chu Kong, Shing Fui-On Music by: Lowell Lo || Cinematography: Peter Pau, Wong Wing-hung || Editing by: Fan Kung Ming || Country: Hong Kong || Language: Cantonese Running Time: 110 minutes My first … Continue reading

‘The Gods Must be Crazy’ (1980): Old World Slapstick

Directed by: Jamie Uys || Produced by: Jamie Uys Screenplay by: Jamie Uys || Starring: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey, Michael Thys Music by: John Boshoff || Cinematography: Buster Reynolds, Robert Lewis || Editing by: Stanford C. Allen, Jami Uys || Country: South Africa, Botswana || Language: English Running Time: 109 minutes One of … Continue reading

‘Ran’ (1985): Akira Kurosawa’s Last Weird Film

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Katsumi Furukawa, Serge Silberman, Masato hara, Kisao Kurosawa Screenplay by: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide || Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yohiko Miyazaki Music by: Toru Takemitsu || Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda || Editing by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: … Continue reading

‘The Social Network’ (2010): Because Trent Reznor and David Fincher Go Together

Directed by: David Fincher || Produced by: Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Cean Chaffin Screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin || Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones Music by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross || Cinematography: Jeff Cronenworth || Editing by: Krik Baxter, Angus Wall || Country: United … Continue reading

‘The Hurt Locker’ (2008): When Oscar-Bait Turns Awesome

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow || Produced by: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro Screenplay by: Mark Boal || Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce Music by: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders || Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd || Editing by: Chris Innis, Bob Murawski || Country: … Continue reading

‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2012): The Ultimate Horror Satire

Directed by: Drew Goddard || Produced by: Joss Whedon Screenplay by: Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon || Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Amy Acker, Brian White, Sigourney Weaver Music by: David Julyan || Cinematography: Peter Deming || Editing by: Lisa Lassek || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading

‘Alien’ (1979): The Quintessential Sci-Fi Horror Film

Directed by: Ridley Scott || Produced by: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill Screenplay by: Dan O’Bannon, David Giler, Walter Hill || Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto Music by: Jerry Goldsmith || Cinematography: Derek Vanlint || Editing by: Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley || Country: United … Continue reading