Archive for January, 2008

The Attic

The Attic

| January 29, 2008

I’ll confess to having mixed emotions when I slapped “The Attic” into my DVD player. The fact that it had someone from “Pet Sematary” attached to it was definitely a point in its favor, but the last time I saw something from Slamdance On The Road, The Other Side, it frankly was not that great. […]

IndiePix and the Human Rights Collection

IndiePix and the Human Rights Collection

| January 29, 2008

IndiePix, if you haven’t heard of it, is an Internet-based video distribution company that specializes in independent film from past to present, featuring filmmakers like the neo-realist Robert Bresson (Pickpocket, Au Hasard Balthasar) alongside first-time filmmakers–their only prerequisite is quality. I spoke with Bob Alexander, president of the now three-year-old company, and he told me, […]

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The Living and the Dead

The Living and the Dead

| January 29, 2008

At the conclusion of Simon Rumley’s The Living and the Dead, I felt as unnerved and disturbed as I did exhilarated. I admit that the title threw me off a bit–I was expecting a more classic thriller/horror and couldn’t have been more delighted with this substance-driven, and truly psychologically twisted creation that writer/director Simon Rumley […]

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Rambo

Rambo

| January 29, 2008

Stallone is back, bitches! After successfully resurrecting the Italian Stallion in last year’s Rocky Balboa, he has now done the impossible–he has somehow, at the ripe age of 62, found a way to bring John Rambo into the 21st century. Stallone has stated in interviews that he wanted to do another Rambo because he wasn’t […]

Caravan/Prague

Caravan/Prague

| January 26, 2008

Zack Winestine filmed Caravan/Prague from his bicycle. Joining a group of like-minded activists, he rides from Hanover to Prague to protest the IMF/World Bank summit in 2000. Following the protests in Seattle the year before, the government and police are under great pressure to maintain control, and keep bad press (and activists) away. The film […]

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Untraceable

Untraceable

| January 26, 2008

Just what we need, a film like Untraceable to make us paranoid about the internet. Like many other psychological thrillers, it gets in your head to the point where you realize it really could happen, and that’s when it starts to get scary. The story centers around members of the F.B.I. whose job is to […]

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The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – A Veggie Tales Movie

The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – A Veggie Tales Movie

| January 26, 2008

So it was a few months ago when we sat down to watch Bee Movie with the little one and before the flick there were previews for several movies, including The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – A Veggie Tales Movie. Leaning over to the 2 1/2 year old, I asked, “So do you want […]

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Quaid, Parker, and Church: Smart as They Come

Quaid, Parker, and Church: Smart as They Come

| January 24, 2008

Sitting in a corner in one of the many spots selected for interviews at Sundance, Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church are like a trio of infectious school kids. Trying to decide who should sit where during our interview, Sarah seems to take charge, until Quaid laughingly suggests to Ms Parker, “You […]

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Mischa Coping with Life on the Celebrity Fast Track

Mischa Coping with Life on the Celebrity Fast Track

| January 24, 2008

Wearing a gorgeous Jenni Kayne outfit, Mischa Barton is relaxed as we chat in a Park City hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The alluring blonde starlet is at Sundance talking up her new film, Assassination of a High School President, and deflecting media questions about her recent DUI incident that had the young […]

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Cyberchase on PBS

Cyberchase on PBS

| January 23, 2008

PBS’s education cartoon, Cyberchase, is so clever in the way it presents its lessons, kids don’t even seem to realize they’re learning, thinking they’re just watching a fun cartoon. Hearing about the show, I wanted my daughter to see it, as it helps with problem solving and math, two areas she struggles with because of […]

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