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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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2611 Reviews Listed

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Tra-la-laaaaaaaaa!!!!
Caravans - Feminism and fundamentalism don't mix
Card Captor Sakura 2: The Sealed Card - Tarot to Go!
Card Captor Sakura: The Movie - hysterical hallucinations in Hong Kong
Carrie - How was the prom Carrie? Carrie?! Carrie!!!
Carrie - Not the one with Sissy Spacek
Carrie - She's back and still pissed off about the prom
Casanova '70 - Misogyny, Italian Style
Casanova's Big Night - Hope springs eternal
Case of Hana & Alice, The - Together again for the first time
Case of the Bloody Iris, The - What are those strange drops of blood on Jennifer's body?
Case of the Scorpion's Tail, The - Beware its sting
Castle Freak - Get Your Freak On
Castle of the Creeping Flesh - Shakespeare clearly having an off day
Cat in Heat, The - Middle class people have no feelings
Cat in the Hat, The - Myers mauls children's classic
Cat Returns, The - Cat-astrophe!
Cat Run - High class low lives
Cat, The - Frightful feline from outer space!
Catch Me a Spy - Never trust a waiter with a chiseled chin
Catnapped! - Eight out of ten kidnappees prefer whiskers
Cave of the Silken Web - Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Women
Cellar Dweller - don't go in the basement
Centipede Horror - Creepy crawlies
Centre of the World, The - Lust in Vegas
Cercle Rouge, Le - Nobody gets out alive
Certain Magical Index: The Movie - The Miracle of Endymion, A - She's a living library
C'est la Tangente Que Je Prefere - Mathematics of the heart and loins
Challenge of the Lady Ninja - Sexploits of the Second World War
Challenge, The - Yojimbo lives!
Chambermaid Lynn, The - House-peeping
Chan Is Missing - Hidden in plain sight
Chanbara Beauty - Slay 'Em, Cowgirl!
Charade - Duplicity was never so much fun
Charge of the Light Brigade, The - Cannon to the left of them, Cannon to the right
Charlotte's Web - some pig
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 Evil Technique - That ol' black magic called lust
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

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