Articles by Marco Duran

The Critical Movie Critics

Marco wrote, directed and produced the feature film Within. He has lived in the Los Angeles area his whole life.Top 10 Favorite Movies: Fight Club, The Fountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Oldboy, Pulp Fiction, Children of Men, City of God, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Shawshank Redemption and Memento.Top 5 Favorite Directors: Spike Jonze, Darren Aronofsky, Alfonso Cuaron, Quentin Tarantino and Billy Wilder.Top 3 Favorite Film Composers: Clint Mansell, John Williams and Howard Shore.You can follow his 140 character movie reviews on TwitterOr friend him on FacebookOr watch some short films of his on YouTube


Movie Review: Dream Home (2010)

“In a crazy city, if one is to survive, he’s got to be more crazy.” So starts this story set in Hong Kong where the price of an apartment overlooking the sea is somewhere around $5 Million. This movie is supposedly based on a true story, and it is in some timely aspects, as the…

Movie Review: I Saw the Devil (2010)

I am developing a huge love of Korean cinema. Of course, when I say Korea, I mean South Korea (I doubt anything of value is coming out of North Korea). With me, it all started with the devastating film, Oldboy, which at the time, I counted as a one off and never really looked further…

Movie Review: Certifiably Jonathan (2007)

Comedy is subjective. Everyone has their own things that they find hilarious, whether it be a kick in the groin, a pie in the face or a well-placed pause. To add to that, comedy depends on your understanding; what you’ve experienced, the things you’ve seen, heard, and learned will determine whether or not you will…

Movie Review: The Fighter (2010)

Christian Bale has returned to acting! Thank God Almighty! After languishing in barely there roles — growling in the rebooted Batman films and picking a paycheck for “Terminator Salvation” — Mr. Bale reminded me why he used to be a name that made me want to see whatever movie he was in, regardless of what…

Movie Review: Freakonomics (2010)

There is a tactic that shock jocks, the writers of publications like the Enquirer and others in the media use to generate a buzz. They will say something outrageous, “Did you know that the left kidney of dolphins, when mixed with elephant tusk powder, will reverse the aging process? In fact that’s what Avon uses…

Movie Review: Never Let Me Go (2010)

Have you seen the 2005 Michael Bay film, The Island? That bloated and overbearing film was constantly in the back of my head as I was watching Never Let Me Go. The premise similarities are striking, as is the fact that the film, The Island, and the book, Never Let Me Go, came out around…

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