Archive for August, 2010

Phasma Ex Machina

Phasma Ex Machina

| August 29, 2010

Phasma Ex Machina is the latest in a wave of post-Primer lo-fi sci-fi films that take the concept of men tampering in God’s domain out of the laboratories and lairs and into the garages and basements of the suburbs. Fortunately, it seems that Shane Carruth’s super low-budget masterpiece has inspired writer/director Matt Osterman in the […]

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Necromentia

Necromentia

| August 29, 2010

Due to its prominence on the cover of the DVD, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the easy marketing quote that no doubt will help sell Necromentia to certain horror fans: “Saw meets Hellraiser but better than both…” (so says Luke Thompson of L.A. Weekly). These are two things that are fundamentally similar enough that the […]

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The Lottery

The Lottery

| August 29, 2010

If you are looking for a documentary that will equally enrage and inspire you, I highly recommend The Lottery. This film describes the quandary that America’s educational system lives in. With startling statistics like that 58% of African-American fourth graders are functionally illiterate, we watch the city of Harlem’s school district try and overcome these […]

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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

| August 29, 2010

Not really sure why I picked this movie up. Probably the cool cover. Or maybe it was the only new horror tile released that week. What ever it was — Holy Calvin Klein!! I haven’t seen so may pretty faces on my screen since The Osmond Brothers made their umpteenth appearance on the Andy Williams […]

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Surprise, Surprise

Surprise, Surprise

| August 28, 2010

Adapted from Travis Michael Holder’s play of the same name, Surprise, Surprise does not stray very far from its theatrical roots in this film adaptation directed by Jerry Turner, but that’s a good thing. In maintaining a somewhat static shooting style, the emphasis remains on the characters and relationships, which is exactly where it should […]

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Batman The Brave And The Bold Season 1

Batman The Brave And The Bold Season 1

| August 28, 2010

Batman The Brave And The Bold Season 1 is an excellent addition to Warner’s growing library of animated films about The Dark Knight. This series is aimed at a slightly younger audience than previous animated series, including Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. Unlike those much darker versions, this series pairs Gotham’s greatest detective […]

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FOR MY WIFE

FOR MY WIFE

| August 27, 2010

Politics have a way of draining the soul out of “controversial” issues, especially for those who have no stake in those issues. The award-winning documentary “For My Wife,” takes us on a journey with Charlene Strong as she embraces the role of activist for Domestic Partnership rights, after the passing of her wife of nine […]

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A Call Girl

A Call Girl

| August 27, 2010

In the opening of A Call Girl there is a scene which serves as an effective introduction to the titular character, while at the same time obliterating the comical stereotypes of prostitution found in Hollywood fluff fare such as Pretty Woman. Aleksandra, our young heroine, treads carefully through the plush exteriors of a downtown hotel. […]

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The Last Song

The Last Song

| August 26, 2010

The Last Song is surprisingly good. Not that we didn’t think Nicholas Sparks had a good story in him, as we all know he does. And we certainly weren’t doubting Greg Kinnear’s acting talent. What, or who, we were doubting was Miley Cyrus. We know her for her campy Disney series, Hannah Montana, for being […]

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Burning Bright

Burning Bright

| August 25, 2010

This little flick was simply fun to watch. I’m a great big fan of the old 70s TV Movie of the Week, and Burning Bright reminded me a whole lot of those classic small screen gems. Girl in peril forced to make life altering decisions amidst horrific scenarios! Briana Evigan (last seen slicing through Sorority […]

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