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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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2423 Reviews Listed

Bustin' Down the Door - Surf's Up
Butcher's Wife, The - Destiny turns on the neighbourhood
Butterfly and Sword - Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
Byleth - Il demone dell' Incesto - Keep it in the family
Caboblanco - Where legends grow very confusing
Cahill, United States Marshall - The Duke's guide to proper parenting
Calamity of Snakes - Slithering Serpents of Vengeance
Call for Love - Dial-a-date
Call Me Bwana - The Jungle Schnook
Cam2Cam - Chat room chiller
Camille 2000 - Sexadelic Century Romance
Camille Claudel - All-consuming passion
Camp Rock - Rock all summer
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam - It's on!
Canterville Ghost, The - Precocious Poppet meets Spineless Spook
Captain America: The First Avenger - Fighting the good fight
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - It's not paranoia if they're really watching you
Captain January - It's the lighthouse life for Shirley
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City - Darling it's better down where it's wetter
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 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
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!

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