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‘Ringu’ (1998): Watershed J-Horror and Its Many Bastard Children

Directed by: Hideo Nakata || Produced by: Shinya Kawai, Taka Ichise, Takenori Sento Screenplay by: Hideo Nakata || Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Otaka, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, Yutaka Matsushige Music by: Kenji Kawai || Cinematography: Junichiro Hayashi || Edited by: Nobuyuki Takahashi || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 95 … Continue reading

‘Asuran’ (2019): Family Feuds, Gang Violence, & Land Grabs

Directed by: Vetrimaaran || Produced by: Kalaippuli S. Thanu Screenplay by: Vetrimaaran, Manimaran || Starring: Dhanush, Manju Warrier, Ken Karunas, Teejay Arunasalam Music by: G. V. Prakash Kumar || Cinematography: Rajamani Velraj || Edited by: R. Ramar || Country: India || Language: Tamil Running Time: 140 minutes One of the more amusing aspects of the … Continue reading

‘Kantara’ (2022): Buffalo Races, Būta Kōlā, & Land Grabs

Directed by: Rishab Shetty || Produced by: Vijay Kiragandur Screenplay by: Rishab Shetty || Starring: Rishab Shetty, Kishore Kumar G, Achyuth Kumar, Pramod Shetty, Sapthami Gowda Music by: B. Ajaneesh Loknath || Cinematography: Arvind S. Kashyap || Edited by: K. M. Prakash, Pratheek Shetty || Country: India || Language: Kannada Running Time: 150 minutes One … Continue reading

‘Delhi Crime 2’ (2022): The City Where Conflict Never Sleeps

Created by: Richie Mehta || Written by: Mayank Tewari, Shubhra Swarup, Ensia Mirza, Vidit Tripathi Directed by: Tanuj Chopra || Starring: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Denzil Smith, Yashaswini Dayama, Tillotama Shome No. of Episodes: 5 (~240 minutes total) The debut standalone season of Delhi Crime (2019), created and directed by Richie … Continue reading

‘The Witch’ (2018, 2022): Genetically Modified Children

Directed by: Park Hoon-jung || Produced by: Park hoon-jung, Yeon Young-sik Screenplay by: Park Hoon-jung || Starring: Kim Da-mi, Jo Min-su, Choi Woo-shik, Go Min-si, Jung Da-eun, Choi Jung-woo, Park Hee-soon, Shin Si-ah, Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Sung-Yoo-bin, Jin Goo Music by: Mowg || Cinematography: Kim Young-ho, Lee Teo || Edited by: Kim Chang-ju || … Continue reading

‘Lost Bullet’ (2020, 2022): The French and the Furious

Directed by: Guillaume Pierret || Produced by: Remi Leautier, Guillame Pierret, Alban Lenoir Screenplay by: Guillaume Pierret, Alban Lenoir, Kamel Guemra || Starring: Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Ramzy Bedia Music by: Andre Dziezuk, Romain Trouillet || Cinematography: Morgan S. Dalibert || Edited by: Sophie Fourdrinoy || Country: France || Language: Fench Running Time: 92 + 98 minutes … Continue reading

Fjord Filmmaking: ‘Cold Prey’ (2006), ‘Trollhunter’ (2010), ‘The Wave’ (2015), & ‘Thelma’ (2017)

Directed by: André Øvredal [1], Roar Uthaug [2, 3], Joachim Trier [4] || Produced by: John M. Jacobsen, Sveinung Golimo [1], Martin Sundland, Magne Lyngner [2], Are Haeidenstorm [3], Thomas Robsahm [4] Screenplay by: André Øvredal [1], Thomas Moldestad [2], John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Egg [3], Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt [4] || Starring: Otto Jespersen, Hans … Continue reading

‘Piggy’ (2022): Sympathy for the Devil

Directed by: Carlota Pereda || Produced by: Merry Colomer Screenplay by: Carlota Pereda || Starring: Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Irene Ferreiro, Camille Aguilar, Claudia Salas, Pilar Castro Music by: Olivier Arson || Cinematography: Rita Noriega || Edited by: David Pelegrin || Country: Spain, France || Language: Spanish Running Time: 99 minutes The only … Continue reading

‘Daredevil’ (2003): The “Apotheosis” of New Millennium Superheroes on Film

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson || Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Gary Foster, Avi Arad Screenplay by: Mark Steven Johnson || Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Joe Pantoliano, Jon Favreau, David Keith Music by: Graeme Revell || Cinematography: Ericson Core || Edited by: Dennis Virkler, Armen Minasian || Country: United States … Continue reading