Category: film reviews

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City of Life and Death

Nanjing! Nanjing! – in its original name – shows the dramatization of the Massacre of Nanjing and other events in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War, in which the Imperial Japanese Army had just captured the then capital of the Republic of China.

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How to Train your Dragon

How to Train your Dragon tells the story of Hiccup, a geeky very un-viking boy from a dragon-slaying Viking village. One day, Hiccup gets to meet an unusual dragon, whom he names Toothless, that will challenge all the knowledge that his people have of these creatures.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland tells the story of 19-year-old Alice visiting Wonderland for the second time to liberate its people from the evil Red Queen.

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Avatar (2009)

I had the displeasure of enduring James Cameron’s preachy, unoriginal, over-indulgent sci-fi brain rapist, Avatar. I’d like to shake the hand of the netizen who named it Avatar: The Last Samurai of the Ferngully Who Dances With Wolves.

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Princess and the Frog, The

The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s return to classic 2D animation, takes on the well-known story of the princess who kisses the frog, who in turn magically transforms back into a prince… and gives it a little spin. And it’s obvious that the princess, who isn’t really a princess, turns into a frog instead.

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New York, I Love You

Following the steps of Paris Je t’Aime, here comes the second installment of what seems to be a series of a cities anthologies by the hand of various directors around the world.

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Nine (2009)

Based on the musical of the same name, which is in itself based on the semi-autobiographical film 8 ½ by Federico Fellini, Nine tells the story of Guido Contini, a successful film director facing a midlife crisis while leading a complicated romantic life and dealing with his relationships with different women.

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Air Doll

Air Doll forces us to witness loneliness and isolation through the eyes of a sex air doll that becomes human.

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Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

Had I written a script today, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo would had been my end result. The kind of script that is amateurish, trying too hard to build this intriguing atmosophere with a mysterious character that is complex and abnormal.

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No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti is a Taiwanese film about a man and the strong bond between him and his small daughter. When he decides to enroll his daughter in the local school system, the government decides that she’d be better off with another family.