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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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2283 Reviews Listed

Arrival of Wang, The - Is that a promise or a threat?!
Art of the Steal, The - A little larceny goes a long way
Artemisia - Batty about Anatomy
Arthur and the Great Adventure - More madness with the Minimoys
Arthur and the Minimoys - fantasy frolics in your own backyard
Artificial Paradises - Sex on the beach
Ashanti - Don't Throw Those Bloody Slaves At Me
Ashes of Time - It is the heart of man that is in turmoil
Asia-Pol - Jimmy Bond
Ass Backwards - Queens of the Road
Assassin, The - The Emperor must die
Assassination - She'll make you miss Nancy Reagan
Assassination of a High School President - Rule the school
Assault on a Queen - All at Sea
Assembly - forgotten heroes
Astarotte's Toy - Spits or swallows?
Asterix and the Vikings - Unleash your inner Gaul
Astro Boy - Rocket High, Through The Sky!
Atari: Game Over - E.T. Go Home!
Attack of the Super Monsters - Dino-Terror
Attack of the Werewolves - Let the fur fly
Attack on Titan: The Movie - Part 1 - Giant Slayers
Au Hasard Balthazar - Beast of Burden
Austenland - Desperately seeking Darcy
Automáta - No-one likes a smart robot
Autumn's Tale, An - Stay another season
Avatar - Into the Wild Blue Yonder
Avengers Assemble - Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Awaken the Dead - The Ungodly Hour
Axis of War: Night Raid - No guts, no glory
Azumi III: Lady Ninja Kasumi - Sexploits of a ninja vixen
B.T.K. - sadly it doesn't mean Bunnies, Tickles and Kisses
Babes in Toyland - Too twee or not too twee?
Babes in Toyland - Cincinnati forever!
Babylon A.D. - The future sucks
Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned - If you watch this movie you will be damned
Backwoods Bloodbath - Hack up your troubles
Badges of Fury - You have the right to remain laughing
Bagdad - Arabian Rights
Baghi, Mighty Monster of Nature - Feline frisky
Ball of Fire - Not-so-Snow White
Bambi - Prince of the Forest
Bamboo House of Dolls - Blood, Boobs, and World War Two
Bandidas - Sultry senoritas shoot it out
Bandslam - Rock and Roll High School
Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair - Fairest of all Russian fairytales
Bare Breasted Countess, The - Blood, bosoms and blow-jobs
Barely Lethal - Mission: High School
Barocco - Double Depardieu
Bastard Swordsman - Spins a web any size

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