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Andrew Pragasam

Status: Reviewer
Profile: I am a struggling indie filmmaker, actor and novelist with three short films to my credit and a feature film in development (hopefully!). You can read more of my reviews at Film Exposed.com and Cinedelica.com, where I’m a regular contributor.

I consider myself very lucky to have grown up travelling the globe, which meant childhood viewings of Hollywood greats (Ford, Hitchcock, Hawks), Arthouse auteurs (Truffaut, Yimou, Bresson), mainstream fare (Spielberg, Disney, Star Wars), and cult treasures from around the world. Kung fu, Euro horror, Japanese monster movies, Russian fairytales, French cop movies, Turkish swashbucklers, Italian superheroes, spy flicks and sex comedies – you name it, I saw it! Later on, books like Mondo Macabro and Immoral Tales by Pete Tombs, and Helen McCarthy’s books on anime were a big influence during my film school years.

My heart is big enough to embrace rom-coms, sleaze fests, musicals and arty nonsense in equal measure, although I’m especially fond of Japanese animation and Chinese fantasy. Cinema needs to escape the tired epithets of contemporary film criticism (i.e. downbeat equals high art; the only good movies are from the Seventies; gangster flicks are great but fantasy is rubbish), and websites like this are one answer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to steer you towards some neglected gems, and stir up some debate along the way.
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2343 Reviews Listed

Birth - a free-form cosmic freakout
Bite the Bullet - Rough Riders
Black Belly of the Tarantula, The - Caught in the web
Black Cat - I've come to bring you bad luck
Black Cat, The - Fulci's Feline Fright-fest
Black Cobra - Cleaning up the human garbage
Black Comedy - Farty Faust farce
Black Heaven - Online obsession
Black Kiss - Kiss the girls and make them die
Black Lagoon - pesky pirates
Black Lightning - The Soviet Supercar
Black Lizard, The - Speaks with forked tongue
Black Magic - Bring on the breast milk!
Black Magic Part 2: Revenge of the Zombies - Lo Lieh is a black magic pimp daddy!
Black Pirate, The - Science is the work of the Devil, me hearties
Black Rain - Japan's latest export
Black Sunday - Watch Out For That Blimp!
Black Tight Killers - Go-Go Ninja Girls
Black Tulip, The - Double Delon
Black Veil for Lisa, A - Take my wife, please take my wife
Black Water - never smile at a crocodile
Blade of Fury - No room for the righteous
Blade Spares None, The - Nora Batty
Blancanieves - Snow White and the Seven Midget Matadors
Bleach - dance with the reaper
Bless the Child - She's not the messiah, she's a very naughty girl
Blind Woman's Curse - beware the black cat
Blindman - When Ringo Met Gringo
Bling Ring, The - Let's go shopping
Blood at Sundown - Is that you, Sartana?
Blood Beast Terror, The - We need the biggest swatter you can find
Blood Relatives - Why cousins shouldn't marry
Blood: The Last Vampire - Terror of the Teropterids
Bloodline - Anaemic murder mystery
Bloodlust! - The deadliest game of all
Bloodsucker Leads the Dance, The - Upstairs, Downstairs with more boobs and blood
Bloody Parrot - Polly want a dagger?
Bloody Pom Poms - Kill All Cheerleaders!
Blue Bird, The - what is happiness?
Blue is the Warmest Colour - This thing called Love
Blue Jeans - You Cheeky Girl
Bluebeard - Even murderous misogynists have a sensitive side
Boardinghouse - Video Nasty
Bobo, The - Feeling Blue?
Boccaccio '70 - Swinging Decameron
Boeing Boeing - A different kind of layover
Bolt - Superdog with super-delusions
Bone Dry - payback's a bitch
Bonheur, Le - Happiness is a state of mind
Book Thief, The - Words Are Life

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