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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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2409 Reviews Listed

Charro! - Last Round-up for Elvis
Chateau de Ma Mere, Le - A last summer in Provence
Chemical Wedding - do what thou wilt
Child of Peach - A fruitful life
Chilling, The - Frozen Zombies
Chinese Ghost Story II, A - The story continues...
Chinese Ghost Story III, A - 100 years later
Chinese Ghost Story, A - Ghostly romance for a new generation
Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation, A - It's a Wonderful Afterlife
Chinese Odyssey, A - I will love you for ten-thousand years
Chinese Odyssey: Part Three, A - Monkeying around with time again
Chinese Tall Story, A - A sugar rush for the 8 year old Chinese film fanatic inside us all
Chocolate - candy is dandy, but kung fu can kill you
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The - Set sail for adventure
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe - Where Monsters Dwell
Church, The - unholy antics on hallowed ground
Cinderella - Belle of the Ball
City Hunter - Jackie loves the ladies
City of Lost Children, The - sweet dreams, mes enfants
City Under Siege - Freaks on the streets
CJ7 - Alien Toy Dog
Clan Feuds - Can't we all just get along?
Clan of Amazons - Women know your place
Clan of the Cave Bear, The - One Million Years Before Haircare Products
Clan of the White Lotus - Kick his balls if you can find 'em
Clans of Intrigue - Kung Fu Gender Bender
Class Action - Dad vs. Daughter
Cleopatra - Carry On Cleo
Code Name Jaguar - He'll pounce without warning
Code Name: Alpha - Put away that train set, you're a grown man
Cold Sweat - You can't escape your past
College Girl Murders - Killer on Campus
Color of Money, The - Newman's Own
Colour of Lies, The - Is it white?
Colt .38 Special Squad - Extreme methods get extreme results
Comanche Territory - Taming the wild frontier
Come Drink With Me - Where Wu Xia Began
Come Fly With Me - Mile High Club
Comet in Moominland - Apocalypse Wow
Complete History of My Sexual Failures, A - putting the fun in dysfunctional
Condemned, The - this is my f***ing reality!
Conquerors of Atlantis - Mythological madness
Conquest - T'was an age of magic, mystery and fog. Lots of fog.
Conspiracy Theory - It's not paranoia if they're actually watching you
Contempt - when love turns to loathing
Contest - Friendship through food
Cop au Vin - Revenge is a dish with a salty aftertaste
Cop in Blue Jeans - It takes a rogue to stop a ruffian
Corpse Mania - Love and death in Canto-giallo
Corsairs, The - Swash yer buckle

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