Archive for April, 2012

Kill

Kill

| April 21, 2012

Troma has made a name for itself over the last three decades (and change!) by releasing their own low-budget, lowbrow films as well as giving up-and-coming filmmakers a shot at working for no money. However, they also regularly license outside productions for release, and lately Troma has been having something of a renaissance, releasing Astron-6’s […]

Rick Baker Interview

Rick Baker Interview

| April 21, 2012

They often say, “You should never meet your heroes. They’ll only disappoint you.” So it was with great fear that I walked into the elaborate hotel room where I was to speak with legendary make-up artist Rick Baker. I nervously twiddled my thumbs as I waited for the movie legend to finish conducting his interview […]

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Interview with ‘The Innkeepers’ Director, Ti West

Interview with ‘The Innkeepers’ Director, Ti West

| April 21, 2012

Every once in a while, a powerful and unforgettable horror film comes along. Director Ti West takes a moment to speak with Film Monthly writer, Calhoun Kersten to explain what went into this labor of love. C: Now, The House of the Devil was filmed, obviously, several years before The Innkeepers. What was it about […]

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Shooting Robert King

Shooting Robert King

| April 21, 2012

The perception many of us have about war photographers is that they are fearless, venturesome, sharp and resolute men and women driven by adrenaline and purpose. Shooting Robert King does nothing to promote that perception. Instead, the film strips all valor and idealism from the vocation as seen through the career of photojournalist Robert King. […]

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TRIBECA 2012: Death of a Superhero

TRIBECA 2012: Death of a Superhero

| April 21, 2012

Set between the physical world of a teenage cancer patient and the imaginary comic book world he brings to life in his sketches, Death of a Superhero is a visually and emotionally stimulating film charged not only by fantasy, but by the simple and universal desire to experience love before death. The risk that films about […]

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TRIBECA 2012: Jack and Diane

TRIBECA 2012: Jack and Diane

| April 21, 2012

Everyone likes some summer lovin’ in NYC, especially when two teenage girls and cannibalistic nightmares are involved. At the heart of Jack and Diane, we find a rather simple love story, about two teenagers stumbling while they navigate the new and overwhelming feelings that come with first love.  Beyond that, there is an element of […]

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TRIBECA 2012: Free Samples

TRIBECA 2012: Free Samples

| April 21, 2012

A super-concentrated example of the common desultory attitude residing in the hearts and minds of several many twentysomethings Free Samples tries to lend a voice to this generation’s brand of slackers, and it tries hard! A good cast does what it can, but with the labored humor and a plot to match, they cannot strengthen an otherwise brittle comedy. […]

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The Man Who Nobody Knew

The Man Who Nobody Knew

| April 21, 2012

This fascinating documentary chronicles the professional life of William Colby, an infamous CIA “spymaster” between World War II and the Ford administration.  Colby is best known for disclosing a number of CIA secrets to congress.  He’s also known for having a suspicious death – drowning after having a supposed heart attack while out in his […]

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The Broken Tower

The Broken Tower

| April 21, 2012

James Franco’s latest offering, The Broken Tower begins with a quote from its subject, Hart Crane: “The terms of expression employed are often selected less for their logical (literal) significance than for their associational meanings.” This idea of the associative purity of the written image could have provided fertile ground for a tortured, filmic portrait […]

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Birdsong

Birdsong

| April 20, 2012

In the ruinous trenches of northern France, Lieutenant Stephen Wraysford (Eddie Redmayne, My Week with Marilyn, Richard II) barely seems to register the death and destruction all around him. His eyes are fixed instead on his drawings and his deck of cards, and his mind is focused on the memory of his one love, Isabelle […]