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Rare is it that a film from exotic Iceland makes it mainland here in the US. I've seen a few, best among them The Seagull's Laughter and especially Noi Albinoi (or Noi the Albino for you Yanks). Because those that I've seen are so good, I try to catch them when they do hit our shores. Of Horses and Men fits well into the group with the above two mentioned.
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Triumph over tragedy...it's one the most common themes in film, theater and literature. It makes for heart-wrenching, emotion inducing art. South Africa is a country that is the embodiment of this notion. From colonization by the English and the Dutch in the 1600s to the Apartheid Era of F.W. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela to present day, the South Africans have had more than their share of tragedy. And Dear Mandela picks up on this unfortunate part of the history of South Africa.
This story takes place in Durban, a coastal urban center in the KwaZulu-Natal province with a population of 3.5 million people and is the busiest port in all of Africa. Like in most cities, there are extremely wealthy people and extremely poor people. The focus of this film is on the shack dwellers in the outskirts of Durban. Despite promises from the ANC (the African National Congress, the party of Mandela) each election year that would give people who have no permanent homes, but shacks culled together out of whatever materials they can find, plenty of people still live in them.
It's been ten years since I first discovered the talents of director Stephen Chow. The slapstick kung fu masterpiece Kung Fu Hustle is so entertaining that I instantly became a fan of his style of directing. As the announcement was made, I waited with anticipation for the released of his new film, a re-interpretation of the novel Journey to the West, a Chinese literary classic written by Wu Cheng'en. Unfortunately the US release is usually a much longer wait than the local release and it took over a year to finally come to the United States. The wait is finally over. This past week I finally got to sit down and watch this movie thanks to the power of video on demand.
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We begin by a river, where a mysterious underwater creature is terrorizing the people of a small fishing village. After the death of a local man the town calls upon a Taoist priest to slay the creature. After presumably ending this demons reign of terror, the town rejoices, but the story is just beginning. Enter Xuan Zhang (Wen), a Buddhist demon hunter who warns that the creature is still out there.
Since Netflix shut down the RSS feed for new releases, it's not as easy to spot the newest additions. However, when you check it every day on Roku (like yours truly), it becomes fairly easy to spot the new movies when they pop up. Here are a list of the 12 newest movies to be added for your viewing pleasure!