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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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2583 Reviews Listed

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
Class Rank - Geeks shall inherit the Earth
Cleopatra - Carry On Cleo
Click: The Calendar Girl Killer - Strike a pose... then die!
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, The - A Hoss of a different colour
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
Cosmo Police Justy - Psych-out
Cotton Club, The - Guys and Dolls
Courage Mountain - Heidi - the War Years
Cousin Cousine - What will the aunts and uncles say?
Covert Action - No way C.I.A.
Cracking Up - Jerry at the end of his tether
Crawlspace - something lurks in the dark
Crazy Safari - Africa Screams
Crazy Shaolin Disciples - Monk he see, Monk he do
Creamy Mami - Confessions of a cosmic pop princess
Creature with the Blue Hand - A double dose of Klaus Kinski
Crime Busters - On the beat
Crime Story - Jackie gets serious
Crimebusters - A city too violent even for Henry Silva
Crimes of the Black Cat - Faster pussycat, kill, kill!
Criminal Woman: Killing Melody - Reiko vs Miki, Round Two

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