Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

Let me be blunt: Ong Bak 2 is an incoherent mess with a narrative that could be politely described as batshit confusing. Save for the title and the style of fighting, this film has nothing whatsoever to do with the first film (it takes places, weirdly, some 600 years before the first one). There were […]

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

The first reel of this film is shocking in its clinical accuracy – you see with silent determination two men execute what appears to be a perfect abduction. Textbook precision, from the plastic lined van to the ingenious unlocking of a door’s security chain (that one will haunt me for a while), you have at […]

Up In The Air

Take it from me, this Jason kid’s going places. Festival darling Reitman has crafted a mature, nuanced, funny film about frequent flyer points and corporate downsizing. Clooney is at the absolute top of his game here, with a mix of misplaced bravado and a quiet absurdity that he injects into every scene. The rest of […]

Wheat (Mai Tian)

Another dynastic Chinese historical epic gone awry – this one’s even worse than you might expect. Two “odd couple” warriors go AWOL in order to head home for the harvest. They find refuge in a town of the enemy that they have slaughtered, where the pretend to be not who they are. In this town […]

Valhalla Rising

A strange, somber “missionary tale” of sorts. A group of Vikings take a wrong turn and end up accidentally in the new world, where they’re met by unfriendly strangers. Set in the transitional times between pagan worship and burgeoning Christian movement, this is a dreamlike, misty affair. Mads Mikkelsen plays a savage, one eyed, taciturn […]