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“In Order of Disappearance” – A Norwegian gangster comedy

“In Order of Disappearance” or “Kraftidioten” is terrific entertainment.  A whole Kon-Tiki crew, two Danes and a Swede are on board in the Norwegian gangster comedy. “In Order of Disappearance” is a black comedy about cold revenge directed by Hans Petter Moland and script written by Kim Fupz Aakeson. Of course I had to see the Norwegian film “In Order […]

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A Courtesan with Flowered Skin

The screenig of A Courtesan with Flowered Skin on Friday, October 31, 2014 brought a Shakespearian tragedy feel to the audience with a Japanese flavor in the classical story of girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, boy commits a crime of passion for his love, boy dies and girl commits suicide.   The story is a dramatic love […]

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A review of “Kon-Tiki”

I was very excited when I learned they were going to view Kon-Tiki at the HIFF Spring Showcase. Not only because it was a Norwegian movie, and I rarely get to see those, but because I have always been interested in Thor Heyerdahl and his life. Kon-Tiki came to be while Thor lived among the Kwakiutl Indians of British Colombia. […]

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“Where Heaven Meets Hell” Movie Review

by Alyssa Amasol Hell is a daily reality for the miners at Kawah Ijen. Filled with the stench of rotten eggs and the sweat of struggling, underpaid workers, Kawah Ijen is packed with more than 500 men desperate for work in order to provide for their families. Through beautiful cinematography and intimate interviews, filmmaker Sasha Friedlander tells the stories of […]

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The Sapphires

During the opening ceremonies of Hawaiian International Film Festival (HIFF) at the Rum Fire Waikiki, the film “The Sapphires” was mentioned a lot. It was the opening movie for the film festival. The Australian film has been applauded by critics for it’s catchy tunes and that the girls in the film are actually doing the singing. At this, I am not […]

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A Royal Affair – A Danish Masterpiece

A Royal Affair   Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. 128 minutes.   Danish films could be said to be the best of Scandinavian films. ´A Royal Affair` confirms that the Danish movie industry knows what they’re doing. A love story combined with a game of politics is a good recipe for an exciting movie, and basing it on true events it […]

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NOVA-The Mystery of Easter Island


NOVA- The Mystery of Easter Island is an early screening at HIFF to promote its program that will be aired on PBS. The movie takes viewers on a journey to the Easter Island along with two archeologist who want to test a hypothesis about the giant statues know as Moai and how the people of the island got to transport […]

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Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas – Exercise for your brain!

Every once in a while, there are movies that don´t end with the credits. They follow you out of the cinema, and stick with you for a while. They don´t follow the same damn Hollywood trademark pattern that is so washed out, the colors have disappeared twice. Every once in a while there are movies that take you deep inside […]

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STARLET – finding friends in odd places

A 20-year old adult-movie actress who becomes friends with an old widow after buying a thermo from her secretly filled with money. Does that sound odd to you? It did to me! Nevertheless, it is the story line of the new American filmmaker Sean Baker’s film STARLET. The movie takes place in the adult-movie industry of San Fernando Valley which […]

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