Vamps

US release date: November 2

Some obvious things you’d never pay attention in standard horror movies setting, like vampires don’t need to brush their teeth or bathe when they wake up in the, er, evening. The undead don’t have body odor and, er, evening breath? Hmm. Makes sense. That, and many other ‘positive’ sides of being nice, sober (they don’t drink human blood anymore) creatures of the night, according to Amy Heckerling.

My Rating: 6/10

2013 Oscar Foreign Language Films: ‘Life Without Principle’

2012 Hong Kong Film Awards – Winners, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress.
2012 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards – Winners, Film of Merit, Best Actor, Best Screenplay.

A crash course into Hong Kong’s tumultuous financial world, where desperate sales-target hungry local bankers meet confused gullible housewives, both in attempt to make more money from one another. Some small time crooks, and some small time cops, try to make a living. And stock markets collapsing. These things do happen in real life. So it should be quite ‘educational’; and, maybe sometimes unintentionally, hilarious in another perspective. In the end of the day, those loan sharks, gangster bosses, junk cardboard sellers and small restaurants always make more ‘real’ cash, right?

My Rating: 6/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Cannibal Vegetarian – Croatia
Intouchables – France
Caesar Must Die – Italy
Bunohan – Malaysia
Kauwboy – Netherlands
A Trip – Slovenia

Also my reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Films here.

2013 Oscar Foreign Language Films: ‘A Trip’

2012 Cleveland International Film Festival – Winner Special Jury Award Central and Eastern European Film Competition.
2012 Nashville Film Festival – Winners, Best Actor in a New Director Feature, Best Actress in a New Director Feature, Best Feature, Special Jury Prize.
2011 Slovene Film Festival – Winners, Slovene Film Critics Association Award, Stop Magazine Award, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Screenplay.

Cars? Check. Unstable, confused, annoying, babbling, and vandalizing, characters? Check. Pop and ambient electro music soundtrack? Check. Free flowing beers and cigarettes? Check. Visual symbolism? Check. And they swore “Fuck” and “Shit” in English too. Yep, it’s a road movie. But is it a good one?
Well, other than seeing Gregor flew a kite, find out Gregor is a soldier, Andrej was bullied in high school, ogle the Balkan beauty Ziva (and that she can burp better than men), hear them whine about Slovenia’s ‘shitty’ economic prospect–and finally learning about those, obviously very important for them but maybe not that very interesting for us, personal secrets–there’s just nothing much else we can do. Ultimately, it’s still their trip. Not ours.

My Rating: 5/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Cannibal Vegetarian – Croatia
Intouchables – France
Caesar Must Die – Italy
Bunohan – Malaysia
Kauwboy – Netherlands

Also my reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Films here.

2013 Oscar Foreign Language Films: ‘Intouchables’

2012 César Awards, France – Winner Best Actor.
2012 David di Donatello Awards – Winner Best European Film.
2012 Sarajevo Film Festival – Winner Audience Award Best Feature Film.
2012 Wisconsin Film Festival – Winner Audience Award Best Narrative Feature.
2012 Étoile d’Or – Winner Best Male Newcomer.
2011 Tokyo International Film Festival – Winners, Best Actor, Tokyo Grand Prix.

Why choose Driss over other, seemingly more qualified, not to mention obviously more serious, applicants? To make a funny, and touching, interracial buddy movie? Because it’s not even that funny.
Oh. So the guy doesn’t need one more people treating him as invalid? Well. That makes sense. Touch the Maserati, and the private jet. This must be one of those very, very, loosely adapted inspired by a true story buddy movie.

My Rating: 5/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Cannibal Vegetarian – Croatia
Caesar Must Die – Italy
Bunohan – Malaysia
Kauwboy – Netherlands

Also my reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Films here.

2013 Oscar Foreign Language Films: ‘Cannibal Vegetarian’

2012 Pula Film Festival – Winners, Best Make-Up, Best Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Kodak Award.

Corrupt, chauvinistic, asshole junky gynecologists do exist. One of them lives in Zagreb, named Dr. Danko Babic. Break rules for money. Kill babies for money. Does money really tastes that great? No matter how much apples the good doctor eats, he just can’t get away from himself. And then, the hospital appoints him as the head physician. Bravo.

My Rating: 7/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Caesar Must Die – Italy
Bunohan – Malaysia
Kauwboy – Netherlands

Also my reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Films here.

2013 Oscar Foreign Language Films: ‘Caesar Must Die’

2012 Berlin International Film Festival – Winners, Golden Berlin Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
2012 David di Donatello Awards – Winners, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Producer, Best Sound.
2012 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Winner Silver Ribbon of the Year.

Those inmates are doing a truly good job as actors. Shakespeare would be proud of them. And to blow your bubbles, yes, they are real-real criminals.
Is this film insinuating that Italy never really changes? Do criminals and the long gone old Roman Empire have something in common? Or, do criminals and actors have some similarity? Or yeah, maybe you’re just overanalyzing it.

My Rating: 7/10

>>>Check out my other reviews on 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions:
Bunohan – Malaysia
Kauwboy – Netherlands

Also my reviews on 2012 Oscar Foreign Language Films here.