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  1. Frank Leonidas
    02-09-2010 09:18 PM
    Frank Leonidas
    ...The whole business with Lau Ching-Wan's character seeing other people's "personalities" and how that is initially revealed in several succinct sequences isn't just wholly original, the potential of it is near-brilliant. I can't think of another single film that has ever used that exact device in this way. So how is that not original again?

    I felt the film definitely dropped the ball in several major ways. It could have explored the central idea a little more and the ending did feel completely rushed and uneven to me, but the complexity of the main character coupled with the sheer bravura of the concept alone make this a film worth noting. To brush it off as just another example of To's style over substance approach to film-making is simply not doing it justice...
  2. Frank Leonidas
    02-09-2010 09:18 PM
    Frank Leonidas
    To's The Mad Detective is indeed a unique film, Svet. Very unique. Not just the atmosphere but the concept too. To be honest with you, I thought the film had more in common stylistically with Chris Nolan's Memento and Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense than I did the collective works of David Lynch. Lynch's films are surreal and dreamlike -- their effects and hidden meanings sometimes taking days and weeks later to hit you. Nolan's films are usually settled by the end, which To tried to do with this film. Lynch's films are only depressing from an angle that you may be connecting with it from somewhere deep in your dark subconscious. I think you would agree that To is not that kind of filmmaker...
  3. Johnny Vinyl
    02-09-2010 12:13 PM
    Johnny Vinyl
    Hi Svet! Any timeline yet on when you may review the Rick Wakeman and Hamburger Hill BD's?
  4. pro-bassoonist
    02-08-2010 06:38 PM
    I enjoyed To's Mad Detective, but, again, because it had a unique aura - a dark and depressing atmosphere, one that you would likely encounter in the films of David Lynch - not because it had a truly original story. And I don't think I am alone in thinking so. See David Nusair's review.

  5. Frank Leonidas
    02-08-2010 02:30 PM
    Frank Leonidas
    You wrote in your review of the Johnny To film "Vengeance":

    "So, I wonder - when was the last time To made a film that had an original story?"

    The answer is: "The Mad Detective". One of the most ORIGINAL STORIES I have ever seen in a film. Period. This film is actually even TOO original for Hollywood to rip-off, though I'm sure that will not stop them eventually from trying.
  6. Shanester
    01-29-2010 04:50 PM
    Thanks for your reviews of Foreign films. I picked up lots of titles based on your recommendations.

    PS Weren't you suppose to have a review of Mesrine up on Tuesday??

  7. pro-bassoonist
    01-22-2010 09:49 PM
    Hello Scott,

    Yes, I enjoyed this independent film quite a bit. And you are correct - it should have been a W instead of a T.
  8. solott55
    01-22-2010 09:43 PM
    Good day,

    From your review of Pontypool: "Apparently, this is the first installment in a trilogy which, needless to say, I am not very much looking forward to."

    I assume this is a typo? It sounded like you really liked the movie (that I just pre-ordered)!
    01-14-2010 05:41 PM
    Phantom of the Paradise look great! Would love to see it!

    Great review!

  10. PrincipalArchivist
    01-14-2010 03:33 PM
    Your review, posted today, of the new Phantom of the Paradise BluRay, states incorrectly that "There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1."

    Check again? There's also a DTS French soundtrack.


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