Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - the longest review I ever wrote!

This review is much too long - sorry for that *blush* I hope some of you bear with me anyway…
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (USA/UK, 2009)
Seen: Friday, 24th July 2009 (cinema)
Runtime: 153′
Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Bonnie Wright, Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, [...]

Brüno - the most vulgar comedy ever made or the most daring social experiment ever attempted?

Brüno (USA, 2009)
Seen: Saturday, 18th July 2009 (cinema)
Runtime: 81′
Director: Larry Charles
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten
Production House: Everyman Pictures, Four by Two, Media Rights Capital
Plot: Brüno is a gay Austrian fashion journalist… or was one until a very embarrassing accident after which the fashion world completely isolates him. It is then that he decides [...]

Polański’s début (Nóż w wodzie reviewed)

Nóż w wodzie (Poland, 1962)
Seen: Sunday, 12th July 2009 (cinema, Lato Filmów festival)
Runtime: 94′
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
Production House: Zespol Filmowy "Kamera"
Plot: (from imdb)
On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.
Scene From The Film

Impressions In Short
Amusing [...]

Big Japanese clans and all the weird stuff that goes on in them (Gishiki reviewed)

Gishiki (Japan, 1971)
Seen: Saturday, 11th July 2009 (cinema, Lato Filmów festival)
Runtime: 123′
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Cast: Kenzô Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Nobuko Otowa
Production House: Art Theatre Guild, Sozosha
Plot: The story of a powerful Japanese clan and of their gradual demise.
This must be one of the longest trailers ever ;)

Impressions In Short
Yet another weird Nagisa Oshima film with [...]

The story of a Bangladeshi woman in London (Brick Lane reviewed)

Brick Lane (UK/India, 2007)
Seen: Friday, 10th July 2009 (cinema, Lato Filmów festival)
Runtime: 102′
Director: Sarah Gavron
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson
Production House: Film4, Ingenious Film Partners, Ruby Films, Seven Seas Productions, UK Film Council
Plot: The story of a Bangladeshi woman, married to a Bangladeshi man in London and how she gradually starts taking control [...]

Sexual Fantasy versus Reality (Nihon shunka-kô reviewed)

Nihon shunka-kô (Japan, 1967)
Seen: Thursday, 9th July 2009 (cinema, Lato Filmów festival)
Runtime: 103′
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Production House: Sozosha
Plot: Four male university students have just finished with exams and they’re bored and horny. A teacher gets drunk and starts singing vulgar erotic songs to his students, which fuels the erotic imagination of the four students even [...]

Crazy cinematography (Kûchû teien reviewed)

Kûchû teien (Japan, 2005)
Seen: Wednesday, 8th July 2009 (cinema, Lato Filmów festival)
Runtime: 114′
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
Cast: Kyôko Koizumi, Anne Suzuki, Itsuji Itao, Masahiro Hirota, Eita, Sonim
Production House: Asahi National Broadcasting Company, Asmik Ace Entertainment, Culture Publishers (CP), Eisei Gekijo, Film Makers, Little More Co., Pony Canyon
Plot: The story of a family that claims to have [...]

The frustrations of homoerotic vampire movies that don’t get homoerotic enough ;) (The Brotherhood reviewed)

I’m really behind with my blog *sigh* - even my “film diary” is suffering :-/
The Brotherhood (USA, 2001)
Seen: Saturday, 4th July 2009
Runtime: 85′
Director: David DeCoteau
Cast: Sam Page, Josh Hammond, Bradley Stryker, Elizabeth Bruderman
Production House: Rapid Heart Pictures, Regent Entertainment
Plot: The “Doma (House of) Tau Omega” fraternity wants to recruit Chris really badly (he’s so [...]

Comments are now moderated…

Tuesday, 14 July 2009, 14:07 | Category : Crumbs, Uncategorized
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I’m having a lot of problems with spambots on this blog right now, so please don’t be surprised if your comments don’t appear straight away. This does not mean I don’t want comments - I love comments, so please keep them coming *grin* I’m just annoyed with the spam grrrr…

Lebanon’s political system and religious diversity

Sunday, 12 July 2009, 1:11 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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Below is a long, but interesting report on how strongly religion influences Lebanon’s politics.