Sunday, June 28, 2009

Love My Life (2006)

Ichiko and Eri are two beautiful Japanese Uni students who are in a lesbian relationship. Ichiko comes out to her father who tells her he is also gay and her mother was a lesbian. Her best friend is gay too, though he has a female who is after him. Their liaison is very intense, but Eri suggests a temporary separation so she can concentrate on her law studies. The break from their affair is difficult for Ichiko to deal with. But Eri soon sorts out her priorities.

Fire (India; 1996)

Starlit High Noon (Japan)

Written and directed by Nakagawa Yosuke (Blue Fish), the 1995 film Starlit in High Noon (a.k.a. Mahiru no Hoshizora) is a quiet and lyrical love story starring actresses Suzuki Kyoka (Blood and Bones), Kashii Yu (Linda Linda Linda), and Taiwanese-American star Leehom Wang (Lust, Caution) in his second Japanese film after Moon Child. This exquisitely shot, deliberately minimal film is in some ways an extension of Nakagawa's second work Departure which also featured the character Yukiko, played by Kyoka Suzuki in this film. Starlit in High Noon weaves quiet longing and charming performances for an uncommonly romantic gangster drama, backdropped by some truly breathtaking scenery. Japan's southern island of Okinawa has perhaps never looked so beautiful as that captured through Nakagawa's lens.

After a particularly difficult assignment, Lian Song finds himself questioning his place in the world while "decompressing" in Japan. He falls into his routine. Lian Song enjoys cooking his own gourmet meals, swimming at the local pool (where a pretty staff worker harbors a secret crush on him), and doing his laundry at the same laundromat at the same time every Friday night, when he knows he'll run into the quiet stranger he dreams about. She turns out to be Yukiko (Kyoka Suzuki of Zebraman, playing the same character played by Haru Kawazu in Nakagawa's previous film, Departure). Lian Song follows Yukiko and finds out she works in a kitchen preparing bento boxes. He occasionally buys a bento box, and finds them inedible, but when he approaches Yukiko at her job and asks about buying one, she gives him one, and this bento box turns out to be strangely delicious. Meanwhile, back in Taipei, the hitman's employers have run into trouble with a rival gang whose boss Lian Song executed. The rivals have apparently taken control of the local police department. They offer a truce, but only if Lian Song's bosses turn him over to them.

Starlit High Noon was selected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center for inclusion in the 2005 edition of New Directors/New Films.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Dead Outside [2009]

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A neurological pandemic has consumed the population. Drug-resistance has mutated the virus into a ravaging psychological plague, rendering the 'the dying' desperate, paranoid and violent. Two survivors come together on an isolated farmhouse in desperate circumstances- April, a young mysterious girl with a dark past has survived alone for months, and Daniel, a man desperate and bereaved, clings desperately onto hope in the outside world. When a mysterious stranger turns up, they are confronted with a new enemy even deadlier than the one beyond the perimeter.

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Doghouse [2009]

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A group of men head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce; when they get there, though, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Kids [1995] - dir. Harmony Korine

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Religulous (pronounced /rɨˈlɪdʒʊləs/) is a 2008 American comedy/documentary film written by and starring political comedian Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles. According to Maher, the title of the film is a portmanteau derived from the words "religion" and "ridiculous"; the documentary examines and satirizes organized religion and religious belief.[2]

The End of the Line

Monday, June 01, 2009

Is Anybody There - 2009

Release Date: 17 April 2009
Cast: Michael Caine, David Morrissey, Bill Milner.
Director: John Crowley
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Big Beach Films

Sir Michael Caine gives one of the finest performances of his career as a retired magician who reluctantly enters a family-run old age home in John Crowleys IS ANYBODY THERE? Set in a seaside English town circa 1987, IS ANYBODY THERE? charts the unlikely friendship that develops between Caines proud, acerbic old performer and the death-obsessed young son (played by SON OF RAMBOWS Bill Milner) of the homes overwhelmed owners. Written by Peter Harness, who draws from his own experience growing up in a retirement home, IS ANYBODY THERE? brings a rich humor as well as a rigorous honesty to its portrait of different lives colliding under one roof. With a supporting cast that includes Anne-Marie Duff (THE MAGDALENE SISTERS), David Morrissey (THE DEAL), Rosemary Harris (SPIDER-MAN) and Leslie Phillips (VENUS), IS ANYBODY THERE? tells a charming story about growing up and growing old, and the unpredictable adventures that happen along the way.

Departures 2009
Release Date: 29 May 2009
Genre: Drama
Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue
Director: Yojiro Takita
Writer: Kundo Koyama
Studio: Regent Releasing

Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a cellist in an orchestra in Tokyo, loses his job because of dissolution of the orchestra. After quitting as a professional cellist, he decides to sell his cello which he had recently purchased for 18 million yen, then deciding to move back to Sakata, Yamagata, his old hometown along with his wife to find a new job.


19-28 IUNIE 2009


Proiecţia, în premieră absolută în România, a lung-metrajelor din seria Ochiul / Gin gway / The Eye, trilogia horror a fraţilor Oxide şi Danny Pang produsă în Hong Kong şi Tailanda, este unul dintre highlight-urile a celei de-a patra ediţii a Fest’Asia, singurul festival de film asiatic din Europa Centrală şi de Est, desfăşurat în perioada 19-28 iunie 2009 la Cinema Scala, în Bucureşti. Cele trei filme-cult (Gin Gway (2002), Gin Gway 2 (2004), Gin Gway 10, produs în 2005) au obţinut premii la festivaluri importante ale genului, precum Săptămâna Filmului Fantastic de la Malaga, Festivalurile de Film Fantastic de la Uppsala sau Koln, fiind prezentate în proiecţii speciale la Cannes, Rotterdam sau Toronto.

Sub sloganul A Totally Different Experience for The Eye,Fest’Asia revine în peisajul cultural bucureştean cu o ediţie care se anunţă mai vie ca niciodată:între 19 şi 28 iunie, la Cinema Scala, peste 40 de filme provenind atât din ţări asiatice cu tradiţie în cinematografie (Coreea de Sud, Japonia, China), cât şi din Malaezia, Tailanda sau chiar Coreea de Nord alcătuiesc un program care îi va răsfăţa pe iubitorii de film asiatic din România cu cele mai apreciate producţii recente de la est de Urali, producţii multipremiate la importantele festivaluri de la Cannes, Berlin, Veneţia, Rotterdam sau Toronto.

Aşa cum şi-a obişnuit deja spectatorii încă de la primele trei ediţii, Fest’Asia programează patru secţiuni show-case: Panorama (lung metraje recente), Trilogia (programând cele trei filme din seria Ochiul), Anim’Asia (filme asiatice de animaţie) şi Short’Asia (peste 20 de scurt metraje recente). Pe lângă filme, publicul festivalului va putea să se familiarizeze cu spiritul asiatic la barul cu produse specifice Asiei care va fi amenajat în holul Cinema Scala, decorat, şi el, într-o manieră tipic asiatică. Vlad Ilicevici, director executiv Fest’Asia şi unul dintre selecţionerii festivalului, alături de Laurenţiu Brătan şi Mihai Mitrică, spune că „filmul asiatic are un public foarte bine definit în Bucureşti şi în România. Pentru acest public, suficient de numeros şi foarte fidel, merită să existe Fest’Asia – un festival unic în Europa Centrală şi de Est – care să menţină o legătură necesară între cinematograful asiatic şi spectatorii săi din această parte a lumii.”

Fest’Asia este organizat de Asociaţia Culturală Estenest şi de Ogilvy Group. Dani Macarie, Group Creative Director Ogilvy, declară: „În 2004 am fost la Fest’Asia fără să ştiu că era Fest’Asia. Am văzut două filme şi tot n-am aflat care e numele festivalului. Anul acesta, le-am promis partenerilor noştri de la Estenest că Fest’Asia va deveni un nume”.

Abonamentele şi pass-urile pentru 10 proiecţii au fost puse deja în vânzare în reţeaua, la preţurile de 100, respectiv 50 RON fiecare, urmând ca biletele pentru o singură proiecţie să fie puse în vânzare o dată cu definitivarea şi anunţarea programului proiecţiilor.

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Surrogates [2009]

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Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.

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The Road [2009]

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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

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2012 [2009]

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Doubt [2008]

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In 1964 a Catholic elementary school has just admitted its first Black student, a 12-year-old boy transferred from public school. The principal, a rigid disciplinarian nun, and the liberal parish priest are both concerned for the boy's welfare in a predominantly Irish/Italian school. The nun becomes convinced that the priest has, or is planning to have, an improper relationship with the child and is determined to force him to leave the school. A third compassionate person is the boy's mother, who has another point of view. The fourth person is a young teacher who is concerned but confused by the conflict between the nun and the priest.

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Julie & Julia [2009]

Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) are featured in writer-director Nora Ephron's adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell's Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends...until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

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Adam [2009]

Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam's ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching into uncomfortable territory and the resulting shake-up can be liberating.

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