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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Although it tanked at the box office when it was originally released in 1998, “The Big Lebowski” went on to become a cult classic. Over 15 years later, the little film about a pot-smoking layabout / bowling enthusiast caught on in a big way, spawning its own annual festival and even a philosophical movement (“Dudeism”). Perhaps one of the main… Read more »

28 January 2013 | Features, Guest Posts, Other Lists

If you haven’t seen Argo yet, you are missing one of the most riveting and compelling movies of 2012.  Starring and directed by Ben Affleck, the movie delivers an arresting portrayal of six Americans trying to escape Iran in 1979.  Argo is easily one of the most dramatic of last year’s crop which is a testament to the script and… Read more »

22 January 2013 | Features, Guest Posts, Reviews

  I just heard the shocking news that one of the most prominent Japanese film director Nagisa Oshima passed away several hours ago. I have only seen 8 of his films, and fell in love with his works after watching the Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties Eclipse Set from Criterion Collection. Most people know Oshima’s name from films like In the Realm… Read more »

15 January 2013 | Cinema Masters, Features

Rating: ★★★★★ Hong Kong auteur Wong Karwai’s new film The Grandmasters started 2013 with a bang. It not only marks Wong’s return to Chinese-language films, but more importantly, celebrates the maturest work of the director so far. For any Wong Karwai fan, the comeback of the old and familiar Wong cinema is good news.   The Plot Before The Grandmasters,… Read more »

12 January 2013 | Features, Reviews

Today marks the 84th birthday of Italian director Sergio Leone, whose name was mostly associated with the Spaghetti Western genre. As one of the most famous slow directors in cinema history, Leone only made seven movies in his 25-year career. Sergio Leone established his distinctive visual style since his second movie – A Fistful of Dollars, since then he made five… Read more »

03 January 2013 | Features, Other Lists

2012 has been a terrific year for me in terms of classic movie watching, American movies is a big part of it.  As an american DVD company, Criterion Collection helped a lot select 10 from a hundred American titles I’ve seen last year, six out of the ten below are from their catalog. Let’s take a look at my best… Read more »

01 January 2013 | Features, Film Lists