Archive for April, 2009

The Pope’s Toilet, (El Bano del Papa)

The Pope’s Toilet, (El Bano del Papa)

| April 23, 2009

For films originating from smaller filmmaking ‘markets’, the influence of a broader marketability can be strong, if not necessary. Film’s like Cesar Charlone & Enrique Fernandez’s The Pope’s Toilet, that, one assumes, require production funding from an array of foreign sources just to be made, are then subject to an accordingly foreign audience. That is […]

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SIN CITY

SIN CITY

| April 22, 2009

Call it contemporary film noir with an edge, Sin City is one helluva ride. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller give us a trio of stories tied together by the very dark nature of the city itself, Basin City, and the fact that almost all of these characters have known or met each other at one […]

JCVD

JCVD

| April 22, 2009

Let me start off my admitting that I have never been a big fan of Jean Claude van Damme’s. However, being human, and liking a good train wreck or car crash as much as the next homo-sapien, when I read about JCVD and saw the trailer I knew I had to see the film. So […]

Tribeca 2009: Lighter, But Stronger Than Ever

Tribeca 2009: Lighter, But Stronger Than Ever

| April 21, 2009

If you’re walking through downtown New York City this week, you may be doing some double-takes, thinking that you’re seeing “stars” in your eyes. And, yes, you would be correct. This is the time of year when folks from the film world descend on the cobblestone streets of Tribeca, like Martians hopping out of a […]

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Trouble the Water – HBO

Trouble the Water – HBO

| April 21, 2009

A film due for an HBO premiere on April 23, after having shown well at film festivals during the last few months and even earning an Oscar nod in the documentary category is Trouble the Water. This is an up close and personal view of Hurricane Katrina. And while Trouble the Water isn’t the riveting […]

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Plague Town

Plague Town

| April 19, 2009

Ever since Pan’s Labyrinth set the bar for “fairy tales for grown-ups,” it seems as though every other film with supernatural elements has latched onto the same hook. Most of these films bear little to no resemblance to that film or its peculiar powers– even those whose pedigrees seem closely related. I’m looking at you, […]

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Heathen

Heathen

| April 19, 2009

As filmmaking technology has become cheaper and more accessible, more and more people are able to realize their filmmaking dreams. Of course, it’s still not easy to make a film, and it’s especially not easy to make a film while most of your cast and crew are working day jobs. Heathen, the debut feature film […]

Notorious Collector’s Cut

Notorious Collector’s Cut

| April 19, 2009

“Just like Jamie Foxx was Ray, Jamal is Biggie!” One DVD that should fly off the shelves is Notorious, starring rapper Jamal Woolard as Chris “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. Woolard’s is just one performance at which I was totally surprised. Having seen Derek Luke in many films, I wouldn’t have believed that he could deliver such […]

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Monsters Vs. Aliens

Monsters Vs. Aliens

| April 14, 2009

Monsters Vs. Aliens, the latest effort from Dreamworks Animation, was recently released nationwide and I had just left a theater full of kids in awe of indulgent 3D images when I could only shrug my shoulders about this movie. Dreamworks has always, and for my money, will always, be a distant second to Disney/Pixar in […]

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Dark Matter

Dark Matter

| April 14, 2009

Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng’s Dark Matter is the story of Liu Xing (Liu Ye), a quiet, thoughtful, and brilliant Chinese student who has a rather bumpy transition into American culture at Valley State University. But a wealthy university patron Joanna Silver (Meryl Streep) comes to his aid when she takes a liking to the young […]

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