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Here is a film that challenges the viewer to question gay and straight culture while enveloping the feelings of first love as told by a young boy in the Philippines. Auraeus Solito directed this 2005 light-hearted drama which quickly became a contender in film festivals worldwide, becoming the official Philippine entry for Best Foreign Film in the 79th Academy Awards. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll question your own childhood and wonder about what defines gender: Society or You.

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The Raid: Redemption (directed by Gareth Evans, 2011) is a testosterone-filled movie about a rookie police officer whose squad infiltrates a thirty-story building where the target is a terrorist of a crime lord. The 101-minute film is loaded with brilliant martial arts choreography that will surely give South East Asia notice among the better part of the Asian-martial art spectrum. Despite the epic fight scenes and sharp placement of the camera, the plot leaves something to be desired. Have no fear however, if you aren’t worried about how congruent the plot is, the martial arts and concept of brotherhood shown works hand in hand to create an environment that will satisfy even the most staunch critic. Remember that the star of the film is the jaw-dropping action, never mind an intricate plot. I want to be entertained with fists, not words!

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The 2006 Thai horror film Dorm (original title Dek Hor) is a movie that is out of this world. Unfortunately it isn’t a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-type of movie with space but the kind with another world for the dear departed. Not feeling the horror genre? Dorm has more than that, with a coming-of-age, feel good movie with dramatic horror intricately woven to create a story about a boy who finds the true meaning of caring for a friend instead of thinking of only himself. Ghost stories? Boarding-school education? Getting caught with naughty magazines? What’s a new kid supposed to do to fit in?

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A film scene analysis by Say0chan

Greetings all, just thought I’d drop by a give a gem if you wish to read through. This is but a short analysis on a particular scene that I liked in the Italian movie Nuovomondo (released as The Golden Door in 2006 to North America).

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Greeting readers! I figured a good 3-part post would do the trick so please, be on the lookout!

Book/Film analysis post by Say0chan

My face when realizing the comparison

Haruki Murakami came to do a reading at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this past April. I read a few stories my professors had assigned and listened as the author read The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes. However, so much was going through my head that I couldn’t sit still because I was hungry. More importantly I thought that Murakami likes to write about or use food in his stories. A lot. With that in mind, I must reminisce to a previous film that was released the same year as Murakami’s Sharpie Cakes, known as 家族ゲーム or The Family GameIn this post I will compare The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes with the 1983 Japanese film The Family Game.

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Primer post by highrent2000

Disclaimer: the following trailers contain graphic violence.

Have you ever seen a movie with amazing gunfights against impossible odds featuring a steely but troubled protagonist? Then chances are you have just watched a Gun Opera. The term “Gun Opera” is often used to define a sub-genre where the movie is built around creative and stylish violence. Such films as “The Killer”, “A Fist Full of Dollars”, and “The Matrix” are examples of films in this sub-genre where bullets are often as common as rain.

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