Archive for August, 2011

Frat House Massacre

Frat House Massacre

| August 23, 2011

Brothers Bobby (Rane Jameson) and Sean (Chris Prangley) have a falling out when Bobby decides to go out and party, rather than prepare for college. That night Bobby is in tragic car accident with a drunk driver, leaving him in a coma for several months. Sean has to return to college without his kid brother, […]

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

| August 23, 2011

I am a huge fan of the POTA films. Have been ever since I saw the original 1969 Planet of the Apes at the Central Drive-in when I was all of seven years old. Every since then, they’ve become a touchstone of my movie watching experience throughout the rest of my life. I’d always enjoyed […]

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Wayne Newton and I talk about Hoodwinked Too, Vegas Vacation, and the Mob Bosses

Wayne Newton and I talk about Hoodwinked Too, Vegas Vacation, and the Mob Bosses

| August 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, as I was constantly refreshing my email, I came across a subject line that caught my eye: Hoodwinked Too: Hood versus Evil – Wayne Newton interview. While I quickly verified that it was “the” Wayne Newton, I sent off my address for the DVD of Hoodwinked Too. In the film, Wayne […]

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Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy Season 1 Volume 1 DVD Set

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy Season 1 Volume 1 DVD Set

| August 23, 2011

On The History Channel’s Only in America, comedian Larry the Cable Guy explores various American activities, events, and innovations. Many of the segments are based around activities you’d expect Larry, as a Southern “blue-collar comic,” to explore: a demolition derby, a rodeo, or mule breeding, but there’s also a pleasant amount of purely American, yet […]

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Closed for the Season

Closed for the Season

| August 23, 2011

Too many low-budget films– and especially low-budget horror films– take familiar shapes, with stock characters, standard-issue plot twists, and off-the-shelf monsters. After watching even a few of these, any bit of originality and passion really stands out, and Closed for the Season certainly has both. Shot largely in an actual abandoned amusement park, Closed for […]

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House of Fallen

House of Fallen

| August 22, 2011

The horror anthology seems to be making something of a comeback in low-budget horror films, and one curious example of this style is writer/director Robert Stephens’s House of Fallen. House of Fallen follows three storylines that share characters and a common mythology, each story with a somewhat different tone. This is fairly common in anthology […]

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The Beaver

The Beaver

| August 22, 2011

The Beaver, written by Kyle Killen, was ranked at the top of the Hollywood Black List in 2008 as the best unproduced script in Hollywood. Upon watching the film, you can easily see why. Filled with raw emotion, smart dialogue, and unique situations, The Beaver brings you to tears and laughter as it unfolds. Walter […]

Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere

| August 22, 2011

Having been tragically absent from the director’s chair of a feature film since 1989, Monte Hellman returned in full form in 2010 with Road to Nowhere. As an existential mystery that also explores the nature of the filmmaking process, Road to Nowhere is an absolutely massive picture– quite possibly his most ambitious date. To this […]

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Prime Suspect: Series 1

Prime Suspect: Series 1

| August 21, 2011

Acorn Media’s release of Prime Suspect: Series 1 is an amazing work of British television and a benchmark in the police procedural genre. The great Helen Mirren stars as Detective Jane Tennison, a hard boiled female detective who has been passed over and undermined at every turn of her career. When another detective that’s on […]

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Cold Weather

Cold Weather

| August 21, 2011

Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather is a gem of an indie film and a great start for a first time filmmaker. The film centers on Doug (Chris Lankenau), who moves back to Portland and moves in with his sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn) after dropping out of college for forensic science. He gets a job at […]

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