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‘It Follows’ (2014): Sexually Transmitted Demons

Directed by: David Robert Mitchell || Produced by: Rebecca Green, Laura D. Smith, David Robert Mitchell, David Kaplan, Erik Rommesmo Screenplay by: David Robert Mitchell || Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe, Bailey Spry Music by: Disasterpiece || Cinematography by: Mike Gioulakis || Edited by: Julio  C. Perez … Continue reading

‘I Saw the Devil’ (2010): Unleash the Monster in You

Directed by: Kim Ji-woon || Produced by: Kim Hyung-woo, Jo Sung-won, Kim Jae-young, Kim Jung-hwa Screenplay by: Park Hoon-jung || Starring: Choi Min-sik, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Kuk-hwan, Chun Ho-jin, Oh San-ha, Kim Yun-seo, Choi Moo-sung, Kim In-seo Music by: Mowg || Cinematography by: Lee Mo-gae || Edited by: Nam Na-yeong || Country: South  Korea || … Continue reading

‘Star Wars’ (1977): The Original Blockbuster

Directed by: George Lucas || Produced by: Gary Kurtz Screenplay by: George Lucas || Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew Music by: John Williams || Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor || Edited by: Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew || Country: United … Continue reading

’28 Days Later’ (2002): Rage, Magnified

Directed by: Danny Boyle || Produced by: Andrew Macdonald Screenplay by: Alex Garland || Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Noah  Huntley, Stuart McQuarrie, Ricci Harnett, Leo Bill Music by: John Murphy || Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle || Edited by:  Chris Gill || Country: United Kingdom || Language: English … Continue reading

‘Taste of Cherry’ (1997): When Everything You Touch Hurts

Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami || Produced by: Abbas Kiarostami Screenplay by: Abbas Kiarostami || Starring: Homayon Ershadi,, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Baakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi, Mir Hossein Noori Cinematography by: Homayun Payvar || Country: Iran || Language: Persian Running Time: 95 minutes Films that examine suicidality and depression have a lot of balls. Even by … Continue reading

‘The Road Warrior’ (1981): Mad Max’s True Breakout

Directed by: George Miller || Produced by: Byron Kennedy Screenplay by: Terry Hayes, George Miller, Brian Hannant || Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Emil Minty, Michael Preston, Virginia Hey, Kjell Nilsson, Vernon Wells, Max Phipps, Arkie Whiteley Music by: Brian May || Cinematography: Dean Semler || Edited by: David Stiven, Michael Balson, Tim Wellburn || … Continue reading

‘A History of Violence’ (2005): Nature Over Nurture

Directed by: David Cronenberg || Produced by: Chris Bender, J.C. Spink Screenplay by: Josh Olson, David Cronenberg || Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk Music by: Howard Shore || Cinematography by: Peter Suschitzky || Edited by: Ronald Sanders || Country: United States, Germany, Canada … Continue reading

‘Layer Cake’ (2004): Matthew Vaughn’s First Kingsman

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn || Produced by: Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn Screenplay by: JJ Connolly || Starring: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy Music by: Lisa Gerrard, Ilan Eshkeri || Cinematography by: Ben Davis || Edited by: Jon Harris || Country: United Kingdom … Continue reading

I watched ‘Terminator: Genisys’ trailer and I got sad, then I watched ‘Mad Max’s trailer and I got really, really happy…

This is a random, kneejerk-reaction post, so I’ll try to be brief. The other day, I decided for some masochistic reason to rewatch the original trailer for the upcoming remake/sequel/reboot/prequel, Terminator: Genisys (Q3, 2015). Here it is: My reaction to it the second time was roughly the same I had when I first watched the … Continue reading

Diamonds in the Rough: Four Underrated Filmmakers

This is a companion piece to my other director-centric article, my picks for the Top Five Overrated Filmmakers, in which I discussed movie-directors who get way more critical support and fan-credit than they deserve. Today I’ll tackle the opposite end of the spectrum: Directors who have proved their worth, have made good (in some cases, … Continue reading