Archive for March, 2013

Shakugan no Shana: Season III

Shakugan no Shana: Season III

| March 29, 2013

Things are quite different for Shana and Yuji in this, the final series of Shakugan no Shana (but not in a bad way). No longer is the action set exclusively in Misaki City. And gone is the slice-of-life, high school material that supplemented the series’ broader, battle-based narrative in which Shana, Yuji, and their allies […]

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Dead In France

Dead In France

| March 29, 2013

Dead In France is a film by Kris McManus in collaboration with Jack Hillgate. Together they wrote the film and Kris McManus essentially comprised the main production crew on the set. As well as writing and directing this film McManus was also the Director of Photography and editor. To say the least, that is quite a lot […]

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N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo

N.A.S.A. – Spirit of Apollo

| March 26, 2013

When I volunteered to review this documentary, I assumed based on the title that it was about the origins of the NASA Space Program, which I thought would be interesting, although probably fairly standard.  Turns out this documentary is actually about a pair of musicians who call themselves N.A.S.A., which stands for “North America South […]

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Hollow Man Double Feature Blu-Ray

Hollow Man Double Feature Blu-Ray

| March 26, 2013

I remember the first time I saw Hollow Man, when it first came out in theaters in 2000.  I was about 16 and thought it was really intense, visually awesome, and quite sexy.  Apparently it didn’t bother me that most of the sexuality here has a creepy rape factor to it.  I’ve seen the film […]

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Easy Money (Snabba Cash)

Easy Money (Snabba Cash)

| March 26, 2013

Imagine if you will, a mixture of the grittiness found in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy, mixed with the themes of honor amongst thieves in Jules Dassin’s Rififi and you’ll get to the heart of Easy Money. Known as Snabba Cash, in its native Sweden and based off of a 2006 novel, written by Jens […]

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Reality

Reality

| March 25, 2013

Matteo Garrone’s Gamorra was an international success – despite the Oscar snub. The dense, stoically paced Italian crime drama was attractively elusive, giving viewers something to mull over on their way out of the theater. Reality, the director’s new film, explores a much different world than Italian mafioso, while keeping his phantom touch. Reality follows Luciano, a fishmonger running a pescetaria in the […]

Nanook of the North/The Wedding of Palo (and Other Films of Arctic Life)

Nanook of the North/The Wedding of Palo (and Other Films of Arctic Life)

| March 24, 2013

When Robert J. Flaherty made Nanook of the North, there was no such thing as the documentary. Released in 1922, the film presents elements of the Inuit culture prior to the white man’s intervention. Of course, that intervention had already taken place when Flaherty made the film. What strikes some viewers of Nanook as odd […]

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My Brother the Devil

My Brother the Devil

| March 22, 2013

My Brother The Devil is a story about the relationship between two brothers of Egyptian decent set on the tough and ethnically diverse streets of Hackney in London.  Rashid (James Floyd) is the older of the two (probably just out of high school) and runs with a gang dealing drugs and performing other lower level tasks.  […]

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This is 40

This is 40

| March 22, 2013

The fourth feature from Judd Apatow–his mid-life crisis feature (some might say “presumptuously”) titled This is 40–is a bold continuation of the Apatow brand, setting its course in a more mature direction.  Granted, Apatow did this with his third feature, 2009’s underappreciated Funny People, but despite the heaviness of that film’s themes and the complexities […]

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

| March 22, 2013

Olympus Has Fallen, Antoine Fuqua’s latest film can easily be summed up as Die Hard, set in the White House. While this may sound like a perfect reason to go see it, trading the amazing set piece of Nakatomi Plaza and replacing it with an iconic American staple, the film lacks all of the charm, […]

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