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Book: 白夜行 (Byakuyakō)

March 10, 2011

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白夜行 (Byakuyakō) Author: 東野圭吾 (Keigo Higashino) (1999) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Higashino is being labeled as the next Stieg Larsson and justifiably so. His mystery novels have consistently topped the charts of Japan, often ending up at the top of the most-sold and most-liked rankings. 白夜行 (Byakuyakō) was my first read of his novels and I […]

Film: Run Lola Run

February 17, 2011

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Run Lola Run Directed by Tom Tykwer (1998) jusco’s Rating: ★ Wow, no, sorry, Run Lola Run was not my cup of tea. Over-indulgent, trite, repetitive. Lola, a red-haired German chick, tries to save her boyfriend who lost 100,000 marks, within the time limit of 15 minutes. So she starts running, hence the title. Pretty […]

Film: Animal Kingdom

February 3, 2011

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Animal Kingdom Directed by David Michôd (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 David Michôd’s solid crime thriller from Australia lives up to all the hype and critical acclaim already lavished upon it. Not only does Animal Kingdom contain astounding performances, it is also perfectly paced with an engaging plot that isn’t overdone and stays true to the […]

Film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

December 22, 2010

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Directed by Guy Ritchie (1998) jusco’s Rating: ★★★ It’s like Snatch‘s twin brother (read my review here), which I guess is understandable considering it’s the same director. Guy Ritchie‘s first film is in typical fashion; bizarre, erratic, whimsical. Once again following several interlinking story arcs, it is a puzzling […]

Film: Snatch

December 22, 2010

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Snatch Directed by Guy Ritchie (2000) jusco’s Rating: ★★★ Snatch is an eccentric, original film that combines both gangster and comedic elements to create a relatively successful and refreshing film (‘original’ is subjective; it’s supposedly too similar to Guy Ritchie‘s previous film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but then again I haven’t seen that […]

Book: OUT

December 9, 2010

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OUT Author: 桐野夏生 (Natsuo Kirino) (1997) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ I don’t think I’ve read such an intense, gritty thriller before. Natsuo Kirino does not hesitate for one second to shock us; she refuses to go easy. Set in Tokyo and the surrounding cities, the plot follows four middle-aged women who work from midnight to 5 […]

Film: Eastern Promises

November 17, 2010

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Eastern PromisesDirected by David Cronenberg (2007)jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 Eastern Promises is a solid, electrifying thriller from David Cronenberg, also known for his critically acclaimed A History of Violence. What he has brought to the table is an intense, gritty look into the inhumane nature of people, in this case, the Russian Mafia in London. Revolving […]