Category Archive: 2000s

Please Vote For Me (Day 49)

My Opinion: 6.6 || It’s short but dense with revealing perspectives about politics, children, and middle-class China. There’s no mistaking the relevance of watching third graders in a non-democratic country try to make sense… Continue reading

Wrong Rosary (Day 32)

My Opinion: 7.5 || Very nice, quiet movie — sweet but not sappy, quiet but not sleepy, gentle but not soft. At every point when it seems we might be heading into familiar dramatic… Continue reading

Mother (Day 30)

 My Opinion: 5.6 || Do the strengths outweigh the flaws? I can’t decide. It’s slow to develop, many of the characters lack real depth, and the director sometimes seems more intent on tormenting his… Continue reading

3 Idiots (Day 23)

 My Opinion: 6.5 || A lot of fun. The movie is all over the place and not uniformly successful, but the joy is genuine and you’re happy to forgive the moments that don’t work.… Continue reading

The Sicilian Girl (Day 22)

 My Opinion: 6.1 || A good story that’s solidly told. Nothing extraordinary from a filmmaking standpoint, but the movie is entertaining and effective. Although the director does nothing to defy filmmaking convention, he also… Continue reading

Munyurangabo (Day 20)

MY OPINION: 8.0 || Beautiful movie. Filmed without affectation, using hand-held cameras, natural scenery, and amateur (or amateur-seeming) actors to tell a delicate story about family, loyalty, and ethnic conflict. An impressively natural, realistic,… Continue reading

Ip Man (Day 19)

 MY OPINION: 6.3 || Great martial arts in the service of a solid, morally serious story. Donnie Yen is wonderful as Master Ip — not only in the terrific kung-fu action but also in… Continue reading

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (Day 14)

My Opinion: 3.6 || Really un-good. The martial arts are well choreographed, and Tony Jaa is a joy to watch when he’s in motion. And putting him in motion is pretty much the only… Continue reading

Nine Queens (Day 10)

My Opinion: 6.4 || An entertaining, intellectually engaging movie about con men who are as busy trying to swindle each other as their mark. All the pleasures of a good fast-talking, fast-moving crime movie… Continue reading

Water (Day 9)

My Opinion: 6.3 || A sensitive, lusciously photographed film that depicts heartbreaking scenes with very little emotional manipulation. Deepa Mehta, who clearly has a great eye for color and composition, manages to indict the… Continue reading

  • About Me


    I'm an author and consultant in Portland, Oregon. My novel 'Beheld' will be published this June.

  • The Mission

    To watch and write about one new foreign film a day for 100 days. It's a cinematic world tour -- with an emphasis on diversity of language, era, and style.

    In addition to the daily commentaries, I'll post weekly and monthly wrap-ups. And explore cool ways of graphing the films and my responses to them.

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