Archive for April, 2013

Sweet Blue Flowers

Sweet Blue Flowers

| April 2, 2013

Admittedly, Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana) is not the sort of show I‘d normally go out of my way to see. Adapted from the even still ongoing manga by Takako Shimura, this 2009 “Girls’ Love” anime is a slice-of-life story about a group of Japanese high school girls, some of whom, including our protagonist, Fumi, […]

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Day of the Falcon

Day of the Falcon

| April 2, 2013

Neighboring Arabian Sultans Emil (Antonio Banderas; Ruby Sparks) and Amar (Mark Strong; Zero Dark Thirty) have been fighting wars against each other for years.  Both men are proud and want to possess the land between their two small kingdoms (called “The Yellow Belt”).  The two men have been at peace for nearly 20 years, since […]

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

| April 2, 2013

To tell a simple story in the context of a complicated issue is not necessarily the same thing as telling a reductive story. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, while at times extremely idealistic, highlights the universal dreamer and wisher that shine most especially in teenagers and young adults, with its story of friendship and […]

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The Sweeney

The Sweeney

| April 2, 2013

Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish and exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. The Sweeney is directed by Nick Love and based on the popular 1970s U.K. television show of the same name. This movie from the beginning to the […]

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Earth’s Final Hours

Earth’s Final Hours

| April 2, 2013

One of my all-time favorite guilty pleasure movies is The Core with Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, and Stanley Tucci.  The story is about a manmade weapon that stalls the rotating core of the planet and causes the electromagnetic field to deteriorate.  As a result, the Earth is plagued by electrical storms and solar radiation.  I […]

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Tormented 3D

Tormented 3D

| April 2, 2013

Famous for 2002’s Ju-On: The Grudge, Takashi Himizu has now brought us Tormented 3D, which was literally called Rabbit Horror 3D in its native Japan. This 2011 film follows Kiriko (Hikari Mitsuhima), a mute girl who lives with her storybook artist father, Kohei (Teruyuki Kagawa) and her younger half-brother, Daigo (Takeru Shibuya). One day after […]

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Blancanieves

Blancanieves

| April 1, 2013

In his seminal book on bullfighting Death In The Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway saw the act not as some sort of senseless barbaric sport but as a true art form akin to ballet or painting, but one that is fleeting and described it as, “an impermanent art as singing and dance are, one of those that […]

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The 10 Commandments of Chloe

The 10 Commandments of Chloe

| April 1, 2013

Chloe is a struggling musician who has just moved to Nashville, Tennessee to roll the dice and try to make it as a professional singer/songwriter.  In the midst of trying to get any venue in Nashville to hear her out and give her a shot, she meets Brandon (Jason Bukey), another musician just trying to […]

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Film Noir FAQ

Film Noir FAQ

| April 1, 2013

Film Noir is a genre unlike any other in the history of cinema and has managed to fascinate people for over 70 years. With its dark alleyways and dames to die for, the genre only existed for about two decades, but managed to leave an indelible print on society and filmmakers around the world. In […]

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