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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

Executioner, The - Chuckle with Chiba
Exit Speed - Get off the bus
Exposed - It Girl
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The - Come to my arms!
Eye in the Labyrinth - Maze of the mind
Eyes Behind the Stars - Keep on probing
Eyes of Crystal - There's always room for giallo
Fairy Tale: A True Story - Do you believe in fairies?
Falcon and the Snowman, The - Spies Like Us
Famille Bélier, La - Hear my song
Family for Rent - Home on Loan
Family Friend, The - Neither a borrower nor a lender be
Family Jewels, The - A Six-pack of Jerry
Family Light Affair - Lost in Hong Kong
Fancy Pants - No popcorn during Bob's performance, peasants!
Fangs of the Cobra - Make Friends with a Snake
Fantaghiro: Cave of the Golden Rose - Fairytales get a feisty feminist makeover
Fantastic Adventures of Unico - spread a little happiness as you go by
Fantastic Four - 4 for Disaster
Fantastic Magic Baby, The - Havoc in Heaven
Fantomas - The original Phantom Menace
Fantomas Strikes Back - Fiend with a thousand faces
Fantomas vs. Scotland Yard - Green goon's highland fling
Farewell, My Lovely - Mitchum's Marlowe
Fascination - Bloodsuckers by any other name
Fast-Hand Is Still My Name - A Fistful of Pain
Fatal Contact - Broken Bones and Shattered Dreams
Fatal Vacation - Tourist Trap
Fault in Our Stars, The - Happily Never After
Fear City - Stripped to Kill
Fear No Evil - Don't look in the mirror!
Fearless Fuzz - Merli makes 'em laugh
Fearless: Director's Cut - Life of a Hero
Fellini Roma - Arrivederci la dolce vita
Female Convict Scorpion # 701: Beast Stable - Sasori returns, on the run and out for blood
Female Convict Scorpion # 701: Grudge Song - Meiko Kaji's last sting
Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 - Soulful Sasori packs a sting in her tail
Femme est une Femme, Une - Maybe Baby
Femme Infidèle, La - How Murder Saved a Loveless Marriage
Fermat's Room - Caught in a conundrum
Ferpect Crime, The - marriage is murder
Fight! Iczer-One - Kicking Cthulhu's intergalactic ass
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight - Baby on board
Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe - No Joe say it ain't so
Filles de Malemort, Les - On a dark and mysterious night
Final Justice - Shoot first, think later
Final Terror, The - Don't go in the woods!
Finger of Doom - Don't you point that thing at me
Fire City: End of Days - Misery loves company
Fire Force D.N.A. Sights 999.9 - The future is in the stars

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