Monthly Archives: December 2010

Somewhere (2010, Dir. Sofia Coppola)

Review by Chris Rand Sofia Coppola’s films have always been more visual and audible delights than interesting stories or characters. Her strongest film by far, Lost in Translation, tells a simple story just vague enough in its conclusion to provide … Continue reading

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Symbol (2009, Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto)

Review by Chris Rand I am sure Mr. Preiss could do this review more justice, but having just watched it a second time I feel the need to swing the bat. Symbol is unlike any film I have ever come … Continue reading

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Taken (2008, Dir. Pierre Morel)

Review by Chris Rand From Bond to Bourne to Batman, American audiences have come to enjoy and expect their action to be ‘realistic’, which seems to mean shakily shot, quickly edited, and viscerally hard-hitting. Yet, a Frenchman made the most … Continue reading

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Hard Boiled (1992, Dir. John Woo)

Review by Chris Rand I first saw John Woo’s Hard Boiled in high school and was swept away by the to-the-max-ness of it, but I have been meaning to rewatch it now that I am older and (hopefully) wiser. Though, … Continue reading

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Faster (2010, Dir. George Tillman, Jr.)

Review by Chris Rand I have a confession to make: I am easily put under the spell of Dwayne Johnson’s charisma. In high school I saw The Rundown in theaters, Southland Tales remains one of the most affecting movies I … Continue reading

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True Lies (1994, Dir. James Cameron)

Review by Chris Rand True Lies is one of those films that both embodies and parodies a genre, in this case the 90’s America-Fuck-Yeah action film. James Cameron used Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action and comedy talents, accentuated by partner in anti-crime … Continue reading

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Hard Eight (1997 Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

Review by Chris Rand Hard Eight feels like a first feature: the characters are archetypal, the story rests on a single pivot point, and the camerawork consistently calls attention to itself. But, Philip Baker Hall’s portrayal of Sydney makes this … Continue reading

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