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The Banquet (2006) Film Review

Hong Kong/China, 2006, 131 minutes, 35mm Mandarin Chinese (with English subtitles) Why do the Chinese like to title their movies The Banquet so often? A quick search on IMDB pulled up three entries… out of four total. I know Chinese people love eating and all (I can legitimately say that since I’m Chinese), but still…...Read...
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The Bothersome Man (2006) Film Review

Norway, 2006, 90 minutes, DigiBeta Norweigan (with English subtitles) The reason the synopsis for The Bothersome Man sounds ambiguous is because the film is. A Norweigan surrealist flick directed by Jens Lien and written by Per Schreiner, The Bothersome Man has won 8 awards at film festivals around the world, as well as been nominated...Read...
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The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema (2006) Film Review

United Kingdom/Austria/Netherlands, 2006, 150 minutes, HDcam English Slavoj Zizek is one of the few philosophers I can think of who can so easily slide between schizophrenia and didacticism, two characteristic which basically sum up his new film, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema. Unlike his last documentary, simply entitled ‘Zizek!,’ it becomes painfully obvious that he...Read...
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Black Sheep (2006) Film Review

New Zealand, 2006, 87 minutes, 35mm English There is a new wave of horror spreading across the land, terrorizing and delighting film patrons everywhere. Catering to gorehounds and fans of cult-cinema, these gory-yet-witty movies have begun a movement in mainstream cinema towards a less slasher-centric idea of blockbuster screamfests. Movies like Shawn of the Dead,...Read...
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Manufactured Landscapes (2006) Documentary Film Review

Canada, 2006, 90 minutes, 35mm English Manufactured Landscapes is an unusual treat for anyone who is interested in the world at large, and in man’s involvement with the world. Although clearly a film that makes you contemplate your connection with the environment, the film is not outwardly politically-motivated or explicit about its stances on environmental...Read...
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Goya’s Ghosts (2007) Film Review

Spain, 2007, 114 minutes, 35mm English I wanted to like Goya’s Ghosts. The previews had made it out to look like the film was centrally focused on controversy about Goya’s work and life, when in fact Goya’s presence was merely a fleeting tangent. That was the first noticeable turnoff of the movie, and the first...Read...
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Neon Blonde Musician Interview

Thanks to the explosion of garage bands and MTV’s acceptance of them, suburbia now seems like a prime breeding ground for scene kids and musicians on the rise. But as Johnny Whitney of Neon Blonde and the Blood Brothers will tell you, things weren’t always this way. Whitney grew up in Kirkland, a suburb of...Read...
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