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Goemul (The Host) [2006]

The best thing about Korean cinema in general, and Bong Joon-ho’s Goemul (The Host) [2006], is the blatant genre-bending and general disregard for cinematic rules that we, as…

Son of a Gun [2014]

The feature-length debut film by director Julius Avery (who won a Cannes Jury Prize for his short, Jerrycan, in 2008), Son of a Gun, is an Australian crime…

Du Zhan (Drug War) [2012]

Du Zhan (Drug War), by frequent collaborators Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai (in this case Johnnie To directed and co-produced, while Wai Ka Fai wrote the script and…

All is Lost [2014]

Like Gravity [2013] but a whole lot better, All is Lost tells the same story amidst a more believable, and more accessible backdrop, the ocean. This actually makes…

Haegyeolsa (Troubleshooter) [2010]

Haegyeolsa (Troubleshooter), directed by first timer Hyeok-jae Kwon, tells the story of ex-detective, widower and Private-Eye, Kang Tae-Sik (Sol Kyung-Gu), who since leaving the force, mostly works catching…

Gravity [2013]

Gravity is about an American cosmonaut, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) that becomes stranded because of some crazy space debris and has do all sorts of ridiculous and far-fetched…

Smuggler [2011]

Based on a one-shot Manga by Shohei Manabe, Smuggler (Sumaguraa in Katakana) is a surprisingly violent film in the vein of Takashi Miike’s Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)…

Triad [2012]

For about half of the film, director Daniel Chan’s Triad is a fascinating and gripping HK film full of intrigue, violence and a compelling look into the sleazy…

Riddick [2013]

Maybe not that good a sign but I saw this film about three weeks ago and am struggling to remember what happened. It’s the sort of plot that…

Bullet to the Head [2013]

Starring an undeniably aging yet somehow still super cool, hard and totally believable Sylvester Stallone, and the increasingly-cool role selecting Sung Kang, Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head…