Archive for February, 2009

Gamorrah

Gamorrah

| February 10, 2009

Based on Roberto Saviano’s celebrated work of investigative writing on the Neapolitan mafia family, the Camorra, Gamorrah has received numerous awards and nominations at international film festivals, including a nomination at the Golden Globes and receiving the Grand Prix at Cannes. Despite the accolades, I found Gamorrah to be surprisingly lackluster. The film is composed […]

CHRIS ROCKS WITH COMIC HAIR DOC

CHRIS ROCKS WITH COMIC HAIR DOC

| February 8, 2009

Chris Rock is a funny guy. We know that, even when he stars in and produces a documentary on hair and its impact on Black culture. According to those that Rock interviews in this very entertaining documentary, every black woman in America, whether it’s celebrities, or regular working class gals, will tell you they spend […]

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New Boy

New Boy

| February 7, 2009

New Boy is a fantastic live action short recently nominated for a 2009 Oscar. The endearing film highlights the first day of school for a young African boy, after he arrives in Ireland. Kids can be brutal, but eventually the common thread is that they are, after all, kids. After being ridiculed by his new […]

He’s Just Not That Into You

He’s Just Not That Into You

| February 7, 2009

The rights to a well-known and droll self-help book about dating. Check. Equally popular and capable cast. Check. Well placed 80’s pop songs. Check. Release date on or close to February 14th. Check. Produced by Drew Barrymore and Flower Films, well known for a string of romantic comedy touchdowns. Check. Onslaught of promotional appearances and […]

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Reviews – 2009

Reviews – 2009

| February 7, 2009

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER Rated: 9 Sweet. Charming. Clever. Original. Wonderful! ADAM Rated: 8 1/2 ADAM is the story of a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome (a type of autism) and his relationship with a young woman who is a new resident in the New York City building where he lives. Both Hugh Dancy (EVENING […]

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What’s Hot at the Moves This Week 2/5/09

What’s Hot at the Moves This Week 2/5/09

| February 6, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire finally fell off the top five after having been there for the last few and having risen there very slowly. This is a movie that was released before Thanksgiving, after all. It speaks of the power of the film as well as the power of the Academy Awards and how nominations affect the […]

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New In Town

New In Town

| February 5, 2009

While watching New In Town I couldn’t help but wonder why Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. had never been in a movie together before. They seemed to be the perfect comic foils for each other, with each one getting a turn to play the straight man and the funny guy. Zellweger plays a high-powered […]

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Schoolboy Crush

Schoolboy Crush

| February 4, 2009

This Japanese queer film plays with the thrill of a smoldering scandal. Its sinister macabre music strikes a heavy chord at tense moments. Voice-over narration deepens the characters who are not allowed much freedom of expression in the strict setting of a private high school where a young teacher Mr. Aoi (Yoshikazu Kotani) is taunted […]

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Wild Country

Wild Country

| February 3, 2009

The import drive continues as Lions Gate brings us the fairly decent Wild Country, a movie that proves that the Sawney Bean story still has some legs. This time, we follow recent teen mom Kelly as she goes off on a camping trip in the woods with her friends. Now, perhaps you’re wondering what kind […]

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Coraline director – Henry Selick

Coraline director – Henry Selick

| February 3, 2009

Coraline director, Henry Selick, braves the Chicago winter to talk with us about making his dark and charming film. Henry Selick: What’s it like out there? I haven’t been out today. Neko Pilarcik: It’s cold, not as bad as it had been though. HS: I can’t believe how cold it is up here! I got […]

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