Tuesday, November 30

Tag: Iran

Review: Just 6.5 (2019)
Focus: Asia, Movie Review

Review: Just 6.5 (2019)

Peyman Moaadi (A Separation, The Night Of) stars alongside Navid Muhammadzadeh (Life and a Day) in this Iranian crime story about drug trades and the harrowing law that follows in Just 6.5 by Saeed Roustayi. Starting out with a fast-paced, neatly choreographed alley chase and concluding with a bone-chilling, man-cry ordeal, Roustayi's clear-cut action thriller with open-ended morality doesn't want to give peace in the audiences' mind—with bitter, almost sympathetic feeling lingers after almost every important conclusion in this story. With slick set pieces that draw comparisons to Hollywood's finest ones blended in with close observations of Iranian law system, making a referential gesture to political crime movie like Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, this is the kind of crime movie that won'...
Under the Shadow (2016) – Review
Focus: Asia, Movie Review

Under the Shadow (2016) – Review

Review: "They travel on the wind, moving from place to place until they find someone to possess." Let's agree that the quote isn't specifically describing a nature of some entities. Make it as if the quote, being stripped off its intrinsic connection, is an allusion of 'horror' in general; it might appear in any form, any place and to any people, just like 'travelling on the wind.' Be it that way, Babak Anvari's British-Qatar-Jordan funded horror, Under the Shadow,  is understandably frightening even from the subtitle precedes the whole picture. (more…)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Focus: Asia, Movie Review

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

"Till the end of your life, I'll be watching you. Understand?" said the girl who walks home alone at night. Ana Lily Amirpour showed the world a bold exclamation mark---that Iranian cinema got a thoughtful vision not to be taken for granted. In her debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the director combines genre beauties of spaghetti western and elements of noir film into a highly-stylized vampire genre---the first one in Iran. (more…)

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