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The Match Factory Girl
With not even 70 minutes total running time and, seemingly, not more than two dozen total lines of dialogue, The Match Factory Girl spins a compelling narrative, a devastating cultural portrait, and an object lesson in the less-is-more school of storytelling.
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Film Review  April 2, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Kati Outinen, Elina Salo, Esko Nikkari and Ves Vierikko. Minimalism reaches new heights in Finnish director Kaurismaki's 1990 film The Match Factory Girl..."

Factory Girl
Sienna Miller nails Edie Sedgwick's gamine naivete in this biopic, but the film feels far too pat for its own good.
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Film Review  February 23, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Shawn Hatosy, Mena Suvari, Jimmy Fallon, Illeana Douglas, Armin Amiri, Beth Grant, Edward Herrman and Hayden Christensen. Who is this generation's It Girl? And does it deserve one? There's an argument to be made for Paris Hilton, whose absurdist antics in the public eye reach up, into, and ultimately beyond the crass cookie jar of pop culture detritus, a persona that pays cheap, brassy coinage to Factory Girl subject Edie Sedgwick while at the same time making Warhol's poor little rich girl seem downright classy by comparison..."

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for his so-called children’s story, and the result is more psychedelic than sugary.
Film Review  May 17, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear and Aubrey Woods. One way to judge the success of James and the Giant Peach might be to note that the re-release of Roald Dahl's other notable novel-cum-movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has been pushed up from mid-summer to mid-May..."

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Burton and Depp's screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book is truer to the source material and generally splendid, artful, and often sinister, yet it doesn't completely displace the earlier screen version.
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Film Review  July 15, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Annasophia Robb, Philip Wiegratz, Jordon Fry, Julia Winter, Missi Pyle, James Fox and Christopher Lee. When Charlie Bucket (Highmore) wins one of five golden tickets and thereby an invitation to visit the chocolate factory of reclusive candy-man Willy Wonka (Depp), he takes along Grandpa Joe (Kelly) and embarks on a delightfully perverse jaunt through not only the factory but also the bizarre mind of Wonka himself..."

The Auteur Factory
Papagajka is the strange product of Béla Tarr's Sarajevo film school
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Dan Gentile
"...Auteur is obviously a loaded term, but it's unavoidable when referring to Papagajka. Premiering at SXSW, the movie is the result of writer/director Emma Rozanski's studies at the experimental Sarajevo Film Factory, a school founded by Hungarian black-and-white hero Béla Tarr when he retired from filmmaking in 2011 after the release of The Turin Horse...."

Assaulting the Stand-Ups at Austin's Heckle Factory
The New Movement: Our favorite content(ious) providers
DAILY Arts  April 10, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The Heckle Factory show at Austin's New Movement Theatre encourages the audience to snark out loud, to give those stage-seasoned laff-mongers what for, right there in the middle of a set. They've done it a few times before, and they're doing it again this Friday night at 10:30pm..."

The Hightower Report: Outlawing Exposés of Factory Farm Horrors
"Ag gag" bill would classify exposing factory farm abuses as terrorism
News Column  February 8, 2013, by Jim Hightower
"...The problem is that the meat, eggs, and dairy that are marketed to us as "wholesome" foodstuffs by such giants as Tyson, Smithfield, and Borden are actually produced in mammoth, mega-messy, monstrous factory farms. Known by the baleful industrial acronym CAFO, these Confined Animal Feeding Operations amount to animal concentration camps...."

Excuse Factory
Accusations fly between SXSW and Factory People over afterparty shutdowns
DAILY News  March 21, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...What a week it's been for FactoryPeople, the upscale south-side retailer: First, owners Le and Thomas Popov are profiled as "grupsters," or hipster parents. (Talk about your oxymorons.) Then someone pretends their changing room is the old Cinema West theatre, from back before South Congress was "SoCo." Now, after one of their South by Southwest afterparties was broken up by the fire department, the Popovs penned a missive for Austinist, claiming SXSW HQ may have had a hand in the shutdown: "SXSW has sustained a reputation for being imperial and difficult to deal with for years..."

Like a Poisonous Chemical Factory Downtown
Postmarks  May 6, 2005
"...Dear Editor, If there were a chemical factory downtown spewing out hellish filth, poisoning bars and restaurants, slowly killing everyone inside, would you say, "We can't say anything about that. It will take money away from the community..."

Touring the Technology Factory
Human Code's Award Winning Multi-Media Mission
Screens Story  December 8, 1995
"...Now, Human Code also does other stuff. For instance, a segment called the CD Factory, which prepares businesses to create their own interactive CD-ROM titles to be used as interactive publicity or in-house training tools, just spun off into a separate business..."

A Capital Idea
How Josh Baer helps people 'quit their jobs' to join the bustling hive at Capital Factory
Screens Story  October 4, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...It's on that floor you'll find Capital Factory, Austin's Easy-Bake Oven for tech start-ups – small companies founded on little more than an idea and sound wi-fi. More than 150 such companies office within the 25,000-square-foot co-working space, and some 400 workers plug in..."

Urban Tejano
Tortilla Factory pulls down a Grammy nomination as Best Tejano Band as the almost four-decade-old local institution gets ready to reinvent the genre
Music Story  December 24, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...Tortilla Factory birthed a new kind of Latin soul from 1973 into the 1980s, somewhere between Doug Sahm's Westside San Antonio gang and Santana. Funkier than but closely related to the 1960s Latino hybrid of Chicano soul (see "A Browner Shade of Black," Dec..."

Extract
Mike Judge, the writer/director of Office Space, mines the workplace for more satiric comedy.
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Film Review  September 4, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The comedy this time is on a broader scale, spread out among more characters and targeted more toward human follies than cultural institutions. Bateman plays Joel, Judge’s everyman, who is the owner of a factory that produces food flavorings of his own invention..."

On Ondine on Film
The pope and the artist, the hotel and the factory
Screens Story  October 17, 2003, by Louis Black
"...There was only one print available. Ondine, one of the most legendary members of the Factory and a star of the film, had it..."

On Ondine on Film: Editor's Cut
This is an extended version of the story that ran in the print edition.
Screens Story  October 17, 2003, by Louis Black
"...There was only one print available. Ondine, one of the most legendary members of the Factory and a star of the film, had it..."

Ju Dou
Delirious melodrama, Chinese style. What a mix. I'm not sure what the Chinese reference points for this movie are. But in America they'd be Douglas Sirk and The Postman Always...
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Film Review  May 10, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Why? For the wife abuse and the adultery? For the unflattering portrait of rural life and the downcast ending? Set in China of the 1920s (a safe, pre-revolutionary time) the movie tells the story of a woman named Ju Dou (Gong Li). She is the third wife of Jinshan (Li Wei), an old unpleasant owner of a dye factory..."

Bubble
Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble is likely to be remembered as the adequate but unspectacular first volley in Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s modern experiment in vertical film integration.
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Film Review  January 27, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Bubble is the first film to be made and released through this arrangement. The film is a modest story about three workers in a doll factory in a small town in Ohio, near the West Virginia border..."

All-Star Alumni
Ten notable start-ups born out of Capital Factory's Demo Day
Screens Story  October 4, 2013, by Doug Freeman
"...Capital Factory's Accelerator program launched in 2009 with a mission to help incubate local start-ups by providing funding, resources, and perhaps most importantly, access to experienced mentors from across Austin's technological and entrepreneurial community. The inaugural class contained five companies that debuted that fall with presentations at Capital Factory's Demo Day...."

Straight Out of Brooklyn
Austin Film Society highlights three films distributed by Factory 25
DAILY Screens  January 8, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The Brooklyn, NY-based company Factory 25 describes itself as a distributor of "indie niche projects." Further aiming to travel any road but the middle, the distributor states that both high- and low-concept films and music have a home at the label. A new Austin Film Society series spotlights three of the company's films...."

Manufactured Landscapes
With the eye of an artist, photographer Edward Burtynsky views the effects of China's industrial incursions into its natural landscape.
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Film Review  September 7, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Directed by: Jennifer Baichwal. At some point during Manufactured Landscapes' eight-minute opening tracking shot of a hangar-sized factory in China, you may get the sensation you’re in uncharted waters..."

City Zero
This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight Zone. Alexei (Filatov) is a...
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Film Review  December 6, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This prize-winning Russian film is an absurdist comedy about a rock'n'roll scandal, mistaken identity and life lived in the shadows of Stalinism and the Twilight Zone. Alexei (Filatov) is a Moscow engineer who arrives at a small town factory for a scheduled appointment only to find no one expecting him..."

Les Misérables
This extravagant adaptation of the monster-hit musical is a little pitchy, but it's still a potent piece of cinema.
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Film Review  December 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Built like an ox, his bloodshot eyes narrowing to blasted-out pupils, Jackman is commanding as the former convict Jean Valjean, who hides his past as Prisoner 24601 under an alias to become a factory owner devoted to God and the well-keep of his workers. Soon, the closing-in of his onetime jailer, Inspector Javert (Crowe), forces a spiritual crisis and yet another flight from the law..."

Potiche
Catherine Deneuve stars in this French comedy set in 1977 about a trophy wife.
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Film Review  April 22, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Deneuve has the leading role as Suzanne Pujol, the trophy wife of the title (which is how the word “potiche” is translated). She is married to a rich, sexist adulterer (Luchini), who owns the umbrella factory that was founded by Suzanne’s father and was part of the dowry she brought to the marriage..."

Kinky Boots
One man's ailing boot factory and a transvestite's need for extra-large thigh-highs become a perfect match in this British comedy about tolerance.
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Film Review  May 19, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...It's nothing of the sort at all, but if you've seen The Full Monty (or Waking Ned Devine or Calendar Girls or Billy Elliot) then this film's surprises will be few and far between, although no less pleasant for it. It's difficult to make a film so ingratiating and unashamedly bountiful in its clichés without also making it a snooze for those of us who know what's coming – pretty much anyone with a knack for Obvious Plotting 101 – but Jarrold, a staple of British television, manages it with no small aid from his fine cast (including Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost as a factory-floor cad)..."

24 Hour Party People
It doesn't matter if you think Joy Division is queer math, or if your knowledge of New Order is limited to various fringe elements that don't want the world to...
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Film Review  September 27, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...24 Hour Party People -- which cheekily touches on all the above to one degree or another -- is one of the most purely entertaining films about (for want of a better term) pop music in years. Mixing the hedonistic comic folly of Trainspotting with the sort of dry, wry British wit usually found stateside on various BBC America programs, 24 Hour Party People is the story of Tony Wilson, a young charisma-dripper and bon vivant who, in the late Seventies, founded Factory Records, and from there forever altered the musical landscape of Great Britain (and the world)..."

Mr. Accident
Maybe it's one of those things better left Down Under or maybe it's something that should have remained under even when it was exclusively Down Under, but this new movie...

Film Review  December 8, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Accident, a comedy about … hmmm … this one's tougher. Serious plays Roger Crumpkin, an accident-prone maintenance man at an egg factory, which is secretly infusing all its eggs with nicotine..."

Dancer in the Dark
Björk goes goes to the death chamber in musical interludes.
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Film Review  October 6, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...It's rough stuff, and Dancer in the Dark may be his roughest of all, a bitter confection chock-full of rusty barbs and a woeful, inexorable slide into doom and worse. Set in Washington state in the mid-1960s, the titular dancer is Selma, a musical-loving factory worker played by pixie-esque Icelandic chanteuse Björk..."

Marius and Jeannette
Marius and Jeannette are not your average movie twosome. They are 40ish lovers whose faces are appealing though not gorgeous, whose bodies have been touched by middle-age spread and the...
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Film Review  September 4, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...But it's not. We're in Marseilles and the characters meet when Jeannette (Ascaride) steals some paint cans from the soon-to-be dismantled cement factory that Marius (Meylan) patrols as a security guard..."

Bootmen
“They're not gay.” / “Pardon?” / “That's what you're thinkin', innit? They're poofs, nancy boys, gearboxes, bum-jumpers …” / “Who the hell are you talking about?” / “The blokes in...
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Film Review  December 15, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...But his old man, y'see don't understand. Wants the lad to stay on at the factory 'cause the money's steady, innit? Though little does 'e realize the mill's actually about to be shut down..."

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Where does the food go?
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Film Review  October 13, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Batali employs some creative spin to show how tasty trash fish can be made desirable to customers: Like a drug dealer, give them the first taste free. The Yoplait Yogurt factory in Murfreesboro, Tenn., captures its waste and converts it into electricity..."

Mia Madre
A filmmaker says goodbye to a mother
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Film Review  September 9, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...Mia Madre’s Margherita (Buy) makes socially responsible films; her latest is about factory workers on strike. She has little patience for her lead, a mercurial American actor named Barry (Turturro), forever flubbing his Italian-language lines, and the unruly production is getting away from her..."

The Huntsman: Winter's War
Modernized fairy tale is a wan follow-up
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Film Review  April 22, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...But there is the kind of familiarity that feels epic – worth revisiting because the material is so rich, and so ripe for riffing on. And then there is the kind of familiarity that just feels tired, and sad, and factory-engineered..."

Mustang
Five Turkish sisters fight the patriarchy in this widely hailed drama
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Film Review  January 15, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...As the family turns the house into a "wife factory," intent on marrying off the girls before some tryst renders them "spoiled" (there is more than one scene depicting a doctor doing a "virginity report"), the girls rebel in various ways. There is much joy to be found in this lashing out, sneaking off to a soccer game or meeting up with a boyfriend, but throughout these scenes, there is an undercurrent of dread, of the girls getting caught, of the punishment ever lurking in the wings..."

Trainwreck
Amy Schumer adds an X chromosome to Judd Apatow's usual raunchfest
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Film Review  July 17, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Now in its third season, the show has become a viral-video factory, crowding Facebook feeds with clips that aren’t just funny but brilliantly bracing in their puncturing of societal assumptions about attractiveness. In May, an entire episode was devoted to the question of whether Schumer was fuckable enough to be on TV, posed as a 22-minute-long parody of 12 Angry Men..."

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
In something of a prequel, this is Jack Ryan's origin story – before Tom Clancy got his hooks in him.
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Film Review  January 24, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...He fared better with the fun, faux-epic bombast of 2011’s Thor, which dovetailed in its own way with his previous work spoon-feeding Shakespeare to the masses. Shadow Recruit has no such ambitions: Branagh might as well have opened a can and dumped it on a plate, the ridges of a factory-line production still perfectly hatched on a gelatinous cylinder of crud...."

Safe Haven
Director Lasse Hallström can't find the pulse in this Nicholas Sparks sudser starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.
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Film Review  February 15, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...And that’s okay. Novelist Nicholas Sparks has built an empire chunking out exactly that kind of waterlogged romance, and Hollywood has been more than happy to send his bestsellers down the factory line toward multiplexes..."

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Director Sophie Fiennes gives us this elegant examination of the highly personal artwork of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer.
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Film Review  February 17, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...For the past 30 years, Kiefer has been primarily working to transform an abandoned, 86-acre silk factory into his own private exhibition space/performance piece. With its claustrophobic and moribund interiors contrasting with the natural, airy, sunlit world outside (where Kiefer and a small army of assistants stoke a medieval-looking forge to create much of what lies within), this studio complex just outside of Barjac, in the south of France, is at once ominous, threatening, and elegiac..."

Hop
Some films are saccharine, but Hop is pure sugar – processed sugar.
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Film Review  April 1, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This Easter-themed hybrid of live action and digital animation is a confectioner’s delight (most literally in the case of such companies as Hershey’s and Peeps) and should, perhaps, carry an advance warning to diabetics. Hop posits a world in which the Easter Bunny runs a vibrantly pastel, below-ground, Wonka-esque candy factory staffed by fluffy yellow chicks (the avian kind) on – where else? – Easter Island..."

Cool It
Based on the book by Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, this documentary approaches the problems caused by global warming without panic.
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Film Review  November 12, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...And, most importantly, he makes his case with heartfelt cogency. No screaming end-of-days Fox News-styled fear factory this: Lomborg's arguments are decidedly convincing and, in the end, remarkably doable..."

Last Train Home
This small masterpiece of documentary filmmaking offers an intimate look at the impact of China’s industrial growth.
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Film Review  October 29, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This is a story about the economic fallout of globalization. Look no further than those boxes of garments stamped “Made in China” that we see in the corners of Changhua and Suqin’s sewing factory..."

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself
Tyler Perry's Madea delivers a couple of young delinquents to their only living relative, a shady nightclub singer who must rise to the occasion.
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Film Review  September 18, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Blige, Kwesi Boakye, Frederick Siglar and Gladys Knight. One could, rather uncharitably, point out that Perry, a veritable one-man movie factory, has previously done bad, all by his bad self, in some of his previous critically reviled productions..."

Crossing Over
Various characters who are ensnared within the dogged machinery of the American immigration system become the subjects of this multistrand narrative.
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Film Review  March 27, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The individual stories seem tailored toward making points rather than creating realistic characters and situations. At the center of the drama is Ford’s Max Brogan, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who’s having trouble sleeping at night after busting a Mexican seamstress in a California factory, whose son will be cast to the streets after she is deported without him..."

New in Town
A strident Renée Zellweger stars in this forgettable fish-out-of-water comedy.
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Film Review  January 30, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...It's a fish-out-of-water comedy formerly known as Chilled in Miami – one of several interesting facts related in a recent New Yorker piece by Tad Friend about movie marketing. The article also poses the age-old question: How do you market a piece of crap? The answer, as ever, is to dress up said crap as something else – in this case, something funny, something sexy, something about the life lessons imparted on a stumbling exec in 4-inch heels (Zellweger) when she arrives in small-town Minnesota to shake up its underproducing factory..."

The Eye
In this Hong Kong horror remake, Jessica Alba stars as a blind violinist whose cure turns out to be worse than the disease.
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Film Review  February 8, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...Ghosts, like the poor, are always with us, as Sydney soon discovers via her new, blurry vision, but only one notable set-piece from the Pang Brothers' film succeeds as well here. Most unforgivably, this Eye culminates not with the mounting dread and spectacular tragedy of the original film's decidedly downbeat vision but with the trademark LASIK laziness of Hollywood's stylistically blank remake factory..."

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams
This first feature from Bosnian director/writer Jasmila Zbanic offers up a slice of life after hell in which a widowed mother and daughter still veer perilously between fear and hope.
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Film Review  May 18, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Boy meets girl, postapocalypse. Esma, meanwhile, splits her time between working nights in a mob-run discotheque and days in a cavernous shoe factory..."

Darwin's Nightmare
This delicately horrific yet artful documentary examines the destruction of Lake Victoria by the omnivorous Nile perch, and the dire consequences this causes the Tanzanian people.
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Film Review  January 20, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Darwin’s Nightmare explores the myriad interstitial connections, the causes and the effects, and the end result of globalism on the people it was presumed to help. The prognosis is beyond ghastly, moving via Sauper’s exhausting interviews with the local populace, workers, factory management, prostitutes, the Western industrialists, and, most tellingly, the pilots of the massive Russian-made cargo planes that fly out tonnage after tonnage of Nile perch fillets every single day..."

Zhou Yu's Train
Chinese romance stars beautiful Gong Li as a modern woman with two male lovers.
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Film Review  October 1, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Zhou Yu's Train is one of the most romantic and modern movies to come out of present-day China. It tells the story of Zhou Yu (Li), a young woman who works as an artisan in a factory painting enamel vases..."

Freddy vs. Jason
Did anyone realize Camp Crystal Lake is right down the highway from Elm Street?
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Film Review  August 15, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...Director Yu (Bride of Chucky) saturates each frame with dramatic sprays of blood and gore; the squibs are as majestic as the fountains of Bellagio. That’s well and good, but Yu’s kinetic shooting style, honed in the Hong Kong action factory, is ill-suited to the slasher sequences..."

First Love, Last Rites
Long on mood and short on narrative, First Love, Last Rites does a good job of capturing the sense of young love's first flush and its inevitable erosion. A resolutely...
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Film Review  September 11, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...By day, Joey builds eel traps to help Sissel's father in a half-baked scheme of selling eel to sushi joints. Sissel, who seems to realize before Joey that their love will not last forever, takes a job at the local sugar factory -- mostly out of boredom..."

Larger Than Life
Better than expected. That may sound like a flaccid endorsement, but my expectations for this movie were so low as to be under sea level. Going in, Larger Than Life...
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Film Review  November 8, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...That may sound like a flaccid endorsement, but my expectations for this movie were so low as to be under sea level. Going in, Larger Than Life looked like just more generic “product” from the New Hollywood: High Concept in that smarmy way that links star and “outrageous” premise (“Bill Murray… with an elephant!”), slapped onto a formula (road movie) and driven by an artificial device (deadline for reaching set destination) -- another celluloid widget off the Dream Factory assembly line, devoid of thought or personality..."

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