Archive for March, 2013

Cyberstalker

Cyberstalker

| March 19, 2013

Cyberstalker is about a young woman named Aiden (Mischa Barton), who has been the target of an obsessed man on the internet for over 13 years.  The man killed her parents and Aiden has been in hiding under a false name ever since, but a picture of one of her paintings has led him back […]

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Strange Frame

Strange Frame

| March 19, 2013

Explosions of color, trippy character animation and melodramatic vocals collide in a story about love and music in the distant future. Strange Frame, by directors GB Hajim and Shelly Dotty, may make some feel like they are on the bad-side of an acid trip, with its hallucinogenic, cut-out animation style. However, the film possesses such an […]

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Hemel (Heaven)

Hemel (Heaven)

| March 18, 2013

Sacha Polak’s debut feature film, Hemel (Heaven), is an intimate portrayal of transition into femininity and the childhood attachments that people shed as they turn into adults. Divided into eight individual chapters, this sexually charged character study follows Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra), as she goes from one sexual tryst after another. The various sexual relationships that […]

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Polish Bar

Polish Bar

| March 18, 2013

Polish Bar is a story of faith, loyalty and family. Vincent Piazza plays Reuben, a young, middle-class Jew who is fed up with the family jewelry business. He looks for respect by trying to prove himself as a Hip Hop DJ and working for Polish criminals at the local strip club. In a world of […]

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars

| March 17, 2013

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars is an anime hidden gem that most anime fans have never bothered with. Directed by Tatsuo Sato, of Martian Successor Nadesico fame and animated by Studio Madhouse, Shingu is a lighthearted sci-fi adventure story that manages to place its emphasis on strong characters and world building. Set in the […]

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Satellite of Love

Satellite of Love

| March 16, 2013

Three longtime friends: Sam (Nathan Phillips), Blake (Zachary Knighton; ABC’s Happy Endings), and Katherine (Shannon Lucio) all seem inseparable.  Sam and Katherine are in a relationship, but there’s an intimacy they share with Blake that makes him never seem like a third wheel.  All is well.  Fast forward 3 years and now Blake and Katherine […]

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Language of a Broken Heart

Language of a Broken Heart

| March 16, 2013

Most romantic comedies are not very good, but in them we can often find at least one redeeming quality. Sometimes it’s a short exchange or dialogue, or a single line, which resonates with us. Sometimes it’s the charm of a lead actor, or the chemistry between protagonists or an impassioned love scene. Language of a […]

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Natsume’s Book of Friends: Season 3

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Season 3

| March 15, 2013

Natsume is without a doubt the single most genuinely wholesome and altogether feel-good series I’ve ever encountered, truly as inviting and comforting a program as you could realistically hope for. And this despite focusing largely on one Japanese high schooler’s daily interactions with yokai (spirits, or monsters, of Japanese folklore). As related in my previous […]

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The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

| March 15, 2013

In 2010, I recall standing outside in the bitter cold of Park City, Utah, hoping to  catch of glimpse of a Sundance highlight, Blue Valentine. Star-studded with two pop icons – Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – the line was understandably lengthy, making the chance of getting rush tickets near impossible. We failed to be part of the lucky […]

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Mr. Selfridge

Mr. Selfridge

| March 13, 2013

Mr. Selfridge will premier on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC beginning Sunday, March 31st. It is an adaptation by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, Bridget Jones Diary, Little Dorrit, and on and on) and stars Ari Gold himself, Jeremy Piven. If you lived at Downtown Abbey, chances are you shopped at Selfridge’s. Harry Gordon Selfridge was a […]

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