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Tag: mystery & suspense

Closed Circuit (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Closed Circuit (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The premise for ‘Closed Circuit’ looked quite promising: a sophisticated political thriller steeped in conspiracy, mayhem and mystery. One was sure that director John Crowley’s (‘Boy A’) stiff-minded intriguing narrative would stand out above the rest of the derivative and crowded suspense capers that invade the big screen from time to time. Although it is […]

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Passion (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

September 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Passion (film review) by Frank Ochieng.

The problem with some legendary filmmakers is that when they let their guard down slightly and dip into uncharacteristic mediocrity the red flags start to wave. Could this be the case for an immensely revered movie mastermind such as Brian DePalma whose cinematic touch in the cinema scene from the 70s and 80s were among […]

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The Iceman (film review by Frank Ochieng).

May 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Iceman (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Director/co-writer Ariel Vromen’s ‘The Iceman’ will leave audiences cold with its chilling account of a monstrous family man whose balancing act of a level-minded head of household provider and psychotic slayer-at-large will have one scratching their befuddled noggin. Vromen’s stirring portrait of a societal menace in contract killer Richard Kuklinski (highlighted by an astounding and […]

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The Numbers Station (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Numbers Station (Frank’s Take) (film review).

The figures simply do not add up in director Kasper Barfoed’s sleepy-eyed spy thriller T’he Numbers Station’. Uneventful and sluggish, ‘The Numbers Station’ is a grainy actioner that is embedded in blandness and mechanical follow-the-dots intrigue…not an ideal portrait for the supposedly riveting spycraft genre. The premise is rather original but Barfoed’s draggy narrative feels […]

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In the House (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
In the House (Frank’s Take) (film review).

French filmmaker Francois Ozon has always dipped his toes into the provocative pools of persuasion regarding various titillating subject matters. While exploring a variety of genres that ranged from employment-related satire (‘Potiche’) to psychosexual thrillers (‘Water Drops On Burning Rocks’), Ozon has maintained a targeted concentration on the sensationalistic elements of his edgy cinematic stories. […]

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The Lords Of Salem (Frank’s Take) (film review).

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The Lords Of Salem (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Heavy metal-hedonist-turned-horrormeister Rob Zombie’s bombastic B-movie schlock ‘The Lords Of Salem’ is not what one would call a crowning achievement in the flaccid filmography of the macabre moviemaker. In the twisted tradition of Zombie’s deranged ditties such as ‘House Of 1,000 Corpses’, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ and of couple of throwaway thrills in his ‘Halloween’ installments, […]

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Disconnect (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Disconnect (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Director Henry Alex Rubin’s (‘Murderball’) provocative and powerful cybercrime saga ‘Disconnect’ actually makes a solid connection in the cautionary fable of unpredictability regarding the computerized age of technology information. Gripping, informative, unsettling and rousing, ‘Disconnect’ is a dripping drama that weaves a cynical web regarding the way we live our lives so dependently online to […]

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Antiviral (Frank’s Take) film review.

April 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Antiviral (Frank’s Take) film review.

The creepy creativity does not fall far from the twisted tree in the filmmaking realm of writer-director Brandon Cronenberg. Brandon, son of Canadian auteur David Cronenberg (‘Videodrome’, ‘The Fly’), illustrates the fright-oriented frivolity of the ‘family business’ in the gloom-and-doom medical thriller ‘Antiviral’. The younger Cronenberg does not disappoint as the trademark trappings of his […]

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The Company You Keep (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Company You Keep (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Hollywood icon and filmmaking legend Robert Redford gets right down to the real nitty-gritty as a roaring liberal lion on the run in the stilted political thriller ‘The Company You Keep’. Based on the 2003 Neil Gordon novel of the same name, Redford’s big screen adaptation wants to shrewdly delve into the radicalism involving aging […]

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Evil Dead (Frank’s Take) film review.

April 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Evil Dead (Frank’s Take) film review.

One thing is for certain: ‘Evil Dead’ — both the 1981 Sam Raimi-directed original and the Fede Alvarez-directed 2013 reboot — will definitely please those warped fright fanatics looking for that exuberant guilty pleasure gore to appease their bloodthirsty palates. With the raucous reputation for nightmarish nuances that were a proud and perverse staple that […]

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