Archive for May, 2010

The Red Baron

The Red Baron

| May 31, 2010

The Red Baron, of course, follows the titular, legendary, German fighter pilot of World War I. The film is impressive to look at and offers some interesting historical information (only if you go in without previous knowledge of the Baron’s life), but suffers from a lack of engaging characters as well as a conflicting grand […]

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A Waste of Shame

A Waste of Shame

| May 31, 2010

Originally aired on BBC’s Channel 4, A Waste of Shame is the suppositional story behind the composition of William Shakespeare’s sonnets. It focuses on the Bard’s pseudo-romantic entanglements with the Dark Lady to whom 26 of his 154 sonnets (published in 1609) were addressed, and the Fair Youth to whom another 126 were addressed. While […]

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For My Father

For My Father

| May 31, 2010

For My Father – in Hebrew, Sof Shavua B’Tel Aviv (Weekend in Tel Aviv) – is director Dror Zahavi’s beautifully shot, immensely moving film that presents a tight, compelling snapshot of human connection plucked from an extraordinary situation of roiling mistrust, heartache, desperation and hate. We meet the protagonist, Tarek, on what he thinks is […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead

| May 31, 2010

This multi-star packed indie is worthy of viewing if you like quirky, intelligent films about vampires, the undead, and references to famous plays. Written and directed by Jordan Galland, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead was released in 2009 and is has just been released to DVD. The film’s title refers to a fictitious play-within-the-movie, which […]

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Psycho Ward

Psycho Ward

| May 30, 2010

Ah, abandoned prisons. Clandestine party spot, raging kegger central, horror movie setting since time immemorial and of course, killing spree central. And that’s the central theme behind today’s horror movie spectacular, Psycho Ward. Psycho Ward features a group of young people off to do a documentary about an abandoned prison, and some of the stuff […]

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13 Teen

13 Teen

| May 30, 2010

When a movie can start off with a line like “There’s a razor thin line between sanity and insanity, sometimes you don’t even know you’ve crossed it”, it’s a fair bet that something big is going to happen. And chances are, it’s not going to be pretty. But whether or not it’ll be entertaining remains […]

House of the Devil

House of the Devil

| May 30, 2010

Ti West, if you haven’t been keeping track of him lately, has had sort of a strange sort of infatuation with retro fare. After seeing “The Roost”, I had an idea how he was looking to handle his movies. Turns out House of the Devil was going to be another example of retro fare. House […]

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The Cry Of The Owl

The Cry Of The Owl

| May 28, 2010

The Cry Of The Owl is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel and contemplates what happens to a stalker when the object of his obsession returns the favor. Ms. Highsmith’s works have often been adapted into films quite successfully by directors such as Hitchcock with Strangers On A Train, or Anthony Mighella’s The Talented Mr. […]

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Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising

| May 27, 2010

Valhalla Rising is an unusual film, full of beautiful scenery and breathtaking cinematography, it also features the least amount of dialogue you’ll hear in a movie this year and perhaps the most gore. The film starts in the desolate, windblown wild of Scotland, circa 1000 AD, when it was just man and nature, and not […]

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Manhunt: The Complete Series

Manhunt: The Complete Series

| May 24, 2010

Manhunt is the epic story of a Royal Air Force pilot shot down during World War II over Nazi occupied France and forced to work for the French Resistance if he ever hopes to get home. Against the backdrop of 1942 France, Manhunt goes much further than its numerous predecessors’ romanticized adventures of the French […]

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