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Review: I Am Not Madame Bovary (我不是潘金莲 , 2016)

Before I Am Not Madame Bovary (directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Feng Xiaogang), I had never watched a film with Fan Bingbing. To me, she was just an actress with a pretty face who everyone was talking about and wanted... Continue Reading →

Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Scarlett Johansson and Takeshi Kitano in one film? Count me in. I am talking about the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell (dir. Rupert Sanders), based on the manga of the same name written by Masamune Shirow. Ghost in... Continue Reading →

Review: The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城, 2016)

The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城, 2016) directed by Midi Z presents Lianqing (Wu Ke-Xi) who starts her journey from Burma to Thailand. In Thailand she hopes to obtain a work that would allow her to support her family back home.... Continue Reading →

Review: Apprentice (2016)

Death penalty is legal in Singapore and more than 80% of its population is in favour of this sanction. Therefore, making a movie that opens up the debate on death penalty in a country where most of its population is... Continue Reading →

Review: Arrival (2016)

Aliens… do they exist? That is hard to say, but they certainly exist in our minds. Since forever, films have shown  and dreamt about science-fiction narrative related to extra-terrestrial life, for example A Trip to the Moon (1902, dir. Georges... Continue Reading →

Review: Moonlight (2016)

What a powerful story! I am not saying this only because the main protagonist is a strong one, but also because of the amazing empathy created by the narration, cinematography, and sound. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins) is a story about... Continue Reading →

Review/Report: Mikio Naruse – Unknown Master of Japanese Cinema

From 12 through 29 January 2017 the EYE Film Institute introduces Mikio Naruse to The Netherlands by showing 14 of his films. This Japanese filmmaker is an “unknown master of Japanese Cinema,” as EYE denominates him. After watching two of... Continue Reading →

Review: Passengers (2016)

When you have two of the most popular young actors of this time in one film, you expect that it will be great. Unfortunately, for Passengers this didn’t work out well. The film could be seen as a mix between... Continue Reading →

Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Tom Ford surprised us with his debut film A Single Man in 2009, in which a professor deals with the death of his partner. This was an eloquent, detailed, and marvelous composition. In Nocturnal Animals, Ford astonishes us once again... Continue Reading →

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