Archive for October, 2012

Prometheus

Prometheus

| October 16, 2012

Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel tells the story of two archaeologists, Elizabeth Shaw and her husband Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green), who find an ancient pictograph in a cave of an alien lifeform pointing to the stars.  Interpreting the image as a an invitation from a powerful alien race, the archaeologists along with a […]

Mad Men – Season 5

Mad Men – Season 5

| October 16, 2012

I jumped at the opportunity to review the fifth season of Mad Men because I knew I would be forced to finally ask myself a crucial and life-altering question:  Why do I like Mad Men?  I’m sure there are many people out there who have specific reasons for tuning in to the AMC smash hit […]

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The Cup

The Cup

| October 16, 2012

Following in their father’s tragic footsteps, brothers Damien and Jason Oliver (Stephen Curry and Daniel MacPherson) are professional jockeys; racing horses for a living.  Their father died when they were only children, trampled by his competitors after the horse he was riding buckled and collapsed beneath him.  Now, adults Damien and Jason are set to […]

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

| October 16, 2012

If you’re reading this because you’re on the fence as to whether or not to go see Seven Psychopaths, then stop now and go see it.  I can’t recommend it enough.  There were four films that came out this year that I had been looking forward to for a long time:  Joss Whedon’s Cabin in […]

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Legendary Amazons

Legendary Amazons

| October 16, 2012

As the title aptly suggests, Legendary Amazons is a wonderful kung fu film that delivers a hell of a good time. The Jackie Chan produced film is a remake of the Shaw Brothers and director Chang Keng’s classic, The 14 Amazons, that is based off of the Chinese folk tale of the Yang Generals. The […]

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The Master

The Master

| October 16, 2012

It’s difficult to know where to begin in trying to break down or even describe The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest masterpiece.  If I must start at the beginning, it goes something like this: Joaquin Phoenix is Freddie Quell, a soldier just finishing a tour of duty in World War II.  It is presumed he […]

Hollywood to Dollywood

Hollywood to Dollywood

| October 16, 2012

It’s hard to find more fully-formed, all-around relatable and generally likeable characters than the stars of the recent documentary Hollywood to Dollywood. Maybe that’s because twin brothers Gary and Larry (I wish I was kidding) aren’t quite cut out for Hollywood. In a city that is characterized by its dreamers as much as its insincerity […]

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Movieside brings The Massacre to the Portage Theater, October 20-21

Movieside brings The Massacre to the Portage Theater, October 20-21

| October 15, 2012

It’s that time of year again, Chicago– time to spend a lot of time in dark rooms watching horror movies to prep for Halloween! And this year, the various theaters and film groups around Chicago certainly aren’t disappointing with a ton of great programming. One of the longest-running current traditions, however, has a new home: […]

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Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

| October 15, 2012

Ella Enchanted seems to want to exist in the same world of The Princess Bride, Shrek, and Monty Python. Sadly, this Anne Hathaway vehicle from 2004, (which premieres on Blu Ray on October 16th), plays like an watered-down version of those films, and is missing their subversive edge. Oh Hathaway has pluck, and there is some chemistry between her […]

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: Anniversary Edition

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: Anniversary Edition

| October 15, 2012

“Thriller” is certainly the classification most commonly associated with Robert Aldrich’s 1962 film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and it suffices. But to my mind, there is no more fitting a genre assignment for this picture than horror. This story of deranged, former child star, Baby Jane (Bette Davis), and the mental and physical […]

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