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The Blood Of My Brother (2005) www.storytellerinc.com It seems only yesterday that I told two of my Palestinian friends, Ramiz and Joe, that our making war on Iraq again would open Pandora's box, and unleash untold horrors. That was over three years ago, and  ...

Boy (Shonen): culturevulture.net -film review

Among Japan’s pantheon of great directors, and there are many, none is more notorious than Nagisa Oshima, not even pretender to the throne Takashi Miike. (That is because Oshima’s shocks almost always feel devout while Miike’s often seem gratuitous.) Oshima is known in the West primarily for the  ...

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia is a delightful surprise among the rash of banal and tasteless family movies. It explores the small and large issues that children wrestle with as they grow… schoolyard bullies, loneliness, friendship, relationships with parents and siblings, the role of self-expression and  ...

Burn After Reading

When talking about a movie, usually we refer to the characters by their names in the film, although sometimes we refer to the characters by the actors who played the roles. In the case of Burn After Reading, the use of the actors’ names is definitely in order.  ...

Casino Royale

It’s a pleasure to write a review of a good film, especially for one that I was prepared to find derivative and tired. But Casino Royale has all the best attributes of a James Bond film without any of the negatives. Instead of the tepid Bonds we’ve seen in recent  ...

Catch a Fire

Catch a Fire Directed by Phillip Noyce A look at the body of work of Australian director Phillip Noyce reveals a striking transformation in recent years. The director whose career took off with the Australian import Dead Calm, and whose name is still mainly associated with the  ...

China Blue

Young factory workers pin their eyes open to avoid sleep. China Blue A film by Micha X. Peled Produced and Directed by Micha Peled and Song Chen Beyond anything else, China Blue is glaring evidence of the exploitation that goes on in the sweatshops of China, and as  ...

Curse of the Golden Flower

After spending 15 years making beautiful-looking tales of human misery that critics over-praised but made little money, director Zhang Yimou switched gears. He followed in the footsteps of Ang Lee, another filmmaker whose dramas would not have anticipated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. So Zhang made  ...

Death of a President

Using the genre of fictional documentary permits British director Gabriel Range to get to the heart of what’s gone terribly wrong in the United States since 9/11. Death of a President is above all, a thoughtful and compassionate, if deeply distressing exploration of the ongoing erosion of independent thinking --  ...