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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that […]


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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?



Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near Tokyo. Oshima, who in the last 15 years had suffered a series of strokes, was 80. (Image: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji in Nagisa Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses.) Some refer to the likes of Quentin Tarantino or Spike Lee or Martin Scorsese or Terrence Malick as “iconoclastic filmmakers.” Those people clearly haven't bothered learning the definition of the word. Having said that, “iconoclast” is the perfect label for […]


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Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'



'Innocence of Muslims' vs. the Oscars: Real Reason for Iran Boycott?

Innocence of Muslims vs. Oscar 2013: Iran's official reason for boycotting the Academy Awards Innocence of Muslims, the amateurish but relentlessly vicious anti-Muslim “film” whose Arabic-language version has been used as a pretext for deadly riots in several Muslim countries, is the official reason for the Iranian government's decision to boycott the 2013 Academy Awards. Yesterday, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini stated that Iran would not submit a film for consideration for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. “I am officially announcing that in reaction to the intolerable insult to the Great Prophet of Islam we will refrain from taking part in this year's Oscars,” Hosseini declared, “and we ask other Islamic nations to show their […]


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'Innocence of Muslims' vs. the Oscars: Real Reason for Iran Boycott?