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Entries from August 2011

Blood In the Moonlight

August 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments

“The best thing about Red Dragon (Universal), the second adaptation of Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, is that it reminds you how scary and seminal the first adaptation — Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986) — was. This new movie, directed by Brett Ratner, recycles the same narrative, many of the same lines, and even some of the […]

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Tags: Based on novel · Dreams and visions · Father/son relationship · Forensic evidence · Interrogation · Master and pupil · Murder mystery · Psycho killer · Reconstructing Crime Scene · Shootout · Woman in jeopardy

Our Man In Jakarta

August 18th, 2011 · 4 Comments

“Some of the more didactic critics asked in their reviews, “What kind of film is this — is it a love story, is it a thriller, is it a political story?’ You could say that it unsuccessfully fails to fuse these elements, but to ask why deal with all those elements together, why not choose […]

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Tags: Based on novel · Dreams and visions · Drunk scene · Love Triangle · Prostitute · Reckless Driver

A Six Demon Bag

August 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“The studio wanted Raiders of the Lost Ark, clearly that’s what they wanted. They wanted a movie like that. ‘Can’t you just do that?’ They didn’t ever actually say that to me, but I know that’s what they wanted. ‘Xerox it.’ But I had other ideas and I thought it would have been interesting at […]

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Tags: Alternate universe · Beasts and monsters · Cult favorite · Famous line · Flashback · Interrogation · Martial arts · Supernatural · Sword fight · Woman in jeopardy