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Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/ElBicho_CS

The Saddest Music in the World

Directed by Guy Maddin Written by Guy Maddin and Toles Based on an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro Towards the end of this film, Broadway producer Chester Kent is stabbed in the stomach by shards of broken glass. While watching this scene, I was consumed with envy because having my abdomen eviscerated with broken beer bottles would have been a ... Read More »

The Agronomist

Directed by Jonathan Demme The Agronomist is a biography about Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio broadcaster and journalist. He constantly railed against the injustice and oppression suffered by his fellows Haitians. It’s very intriguing to watch a man so strong and dedicated, fighting for what he knew was right, fighting for a people that were mistreated by their leaders, fighting ... Read More »

Pirates of Tortuga

Directed by Robert D. Webb Screenplay by Melvin Levy, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr. and Pat Silver Based on a story by Melvin Levy Pirates of Tortuga has been released on DVD in order to capitalize on the popularity of sea-faring adventures such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander . While the story does contain shipboard swashbuckling, it ... Read More »

For The Moment

Written and Directed by Aaron Kim Johnston I had never heard of For The Moment, a 1993 Canadian production starring Russell Crowe, which is being released in concurrence with Master and Commander . I will admit I was a tad nervous when I learned that I had to review this film. There are plenty of old films shelved in vaults ... Read More »

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

The DVD and Video for this film go on sale 4/20. This is my review of the film when it was theaters. Directed by Peter Weir Screenplay by Peter Weir & John Collee Based upon the novels of Patrick O’Brian I was always curious about this book series. When I worked at Barnes & Noble, O’Brian took up at least ... Read More »

Young Adam

Written and Directed by David Mackenzie Adapted from the novel by Alexander Trocchi Young Adam grabs your interest right away when the dead body of an attractive young woman, wearing only a petticoat, is found floating in a Scottish river. Joe, a young drifter, first spots her and is affected by the discovery. As the authorities investigate the case and ... Read More »

Twilight Samurai

Director Yoji Yamada Written by Yoshitaka Asama and Yoji Yamada Based on the novels Tasogare Seibei, Chikkou Shiatsu and Iwaibito Sukehachi by Shuhei Fujiwara Although the title Twilight Samurai brings to mind an action film, it is actually a wonderful tale about the love between a man and woman, between a man and his family and even the love of ... Read More »

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…And Spring

Written, Directed and Edited by KIM Ki-duk The film was Korea’s entry for the 2004 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The title reveals that the film is going to be about the cyclical nature of life and of man. The setting is a monastery that floats on a lake surrounded by mountains and the events take place over ... Read More »

The Gatekeeper

Written and Directed by John Carlos Frey Although presented as a fictional drama, The Gatekeeper serves as a factual expose about the plight of illegal immigrants who pass through Mexico into the United States. Their journey is an all-too-common tale fuelled by the hope and promise of a better future that the U.S. offers all the poor, huddled masses from ... Read More »

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Directed by Michel Gondry Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman Story by Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth Over the weekend I went on a 45-minute bike ride. It was the only extensive bit of exercise I had performed in months. During the last leg, I had to get up a small incline before I made it home. My thighs ... Read More »