Archive for August, 2011

Royal Wedding of a Lifetime

Royal Wedding of a Lifetime

| August 31, 2011

The Lifetime original Royal Wedding of a Lifetime is a six part documentary series chronicling the relationship and wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The series is constructed in a fashion that makes the information assessable to everyone, no matter your background knowledge of the couple, or royalty as a whole. If you […]

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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

| August 30, 2011

Despite its campy title and a few campy elements which, to be fair, are actually an ode to traditional martial arts films, I found Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame both engaging and captivating. What’s not to like about a story of a real life FEMALE ruler equipped with her own right […]

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Little Senegal

Little Senegal

| August 30, 2011

Little Senegal is a film about a reverse genealogy search that finds a man in Senegal longing for his family members who might have been sold into slavery, sent to America, and never to be heard from again. Alloune, played by Sotigui Kouyate, works as a slave museum tour guide at the site where ships […]

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Blood Simple on BluRay

Blood Simple on BluRay

| August 30, 2011

In 1984 no one had ever heard of Joel and Ethan Coen. No one had ever really heard of Francis McDormand. The brothers had written this great little film noir, a film that required only a few characters and locations, so the budget would be small. They attached two very well-respected character actors, Dan Hedaya […]

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One Piece: Collection No. 1

One Piece: Collection No. 1

| August 30, 2011

One Piece is one of the funniest and well executed shonen shows ever created. It’s got humor, action, suspense, and enough gags to make one feel like they’re on an adventure while watching the series. One Piece follows Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate who aspires to be the King of Pirates while looking for […]

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The Debt

The Debt

| August 30, 2011

Adapted from the 2007 Israeli film of the same Ha-Hov, The Debt is an espionage thriller that feels unconsciously based on the real-life Mossad espionage story about bringing Nazi war criminal, Karl Adolf, Eichmann to trial. Much like unequivocally evil “surgeon of Birkenau” in The Debt, many Third-Reich doctors performed “scientific” experiments on Jewish women […]

The Coffin

The Coffin

| August 30, 2011

It seems the Asian horror boom that followed in the wake of the massive success of Japan’s Ringu has continued unabated ever since, with occasional imports reminding us here in the States that there are still plenty of supernatural territory left to explore. The Coffin is a 2008 horror film from Thailand that is being […]

Asylum Seekers

Asylum Seekers

| August 29, 2011

Breaking Glass Pictures and Vicious Circle Films are creating quite an unusual catalog of independent genre cinema, ranging from super low-budget American films to interesting imports. Asylum Seekers may be the strangest film they’ve released this year, a bizarre absurdist dark comedy that defies easy categorization. Six highly dysfunctional characters enter an exclusive mental hospital […]

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Little Senegal

Little Senegal

| August 29, 2011

Little Senegal is a bold and stunning tale directed by Academy-Award nominee Rachid Bouchareb, about Alloune (Sotigui Kouyate), an elderly African museum tour guide, researching his genealogy in hopes to find his relatives that were taken from his village as slaves to the United States during the 1800’s. Although released in France in 2001, Little […]

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Wrecked

Wrecked

| August 27, 2011

Adrien Brody stars in this wilderness survival thriller about a man who finds himself trapped in the wreckage of a car at the bottom of a ravine in a dense mountain forest, surrounded by the corpses of the other passengers. He awakens after the accident with no memory of who he is or what events […]