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    The Muscles from Brussels

    Although he was born in Berchem-Sainte Agathe, Belgium, with the name of Jean-Claude Van Varenbeerg, Van Damme once called himself “Frank Cujo” when he first moved to Hollywood in 1981. When he couldn’t find work as an actor the former European Professional Karate Association’s middleweight champion decided to take English classes while working as a […] More

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    Festival Nouveau Cinema 2008: JCVD

    JCVD (dir. Mabrouk El Mechri) * * * 1/2 One of the year’s most bracing films, Mabrourk El Mechri dark comedy JCVD is likely to divide audiences and critics with its intensely post-modern approach and love-it-or-hate-it commentary on fame, self-worth and pectoral muscles. JCVD stands for the film’s star, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the film […] More

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    Naked Lunch Radio #65 – Bloody Radical part 5

    listen now Download the show in a new window Montreal’s esteemed Cinema Nouveau film festival rolls on, and we’ve got a steaming fresh batch of reviews from this year’s Temps Zéro (aka The Wild Bunch) section – essentially, the most off-the-wall material to see inclusion. That includes the very controversial (and very graphic) French thriller […] More

  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2008

    Firmly established yet never more revolutionary, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma continues the quality work it has pioneered since 1971. Here are our quick reviews of this year’s films! 881 (dir. Royston Tan) * * Sometimes delivering on the language held in press materials isn’t actually a good thing. Described as a juxtaposition of Moulin […] More