Archive for May, 2013

Sadako 3D

Sadako 3D

| May 29, 2013

So what do we call this thing? Is it the second sequel to Ringu? The third? Something else entirely? I’m not exactly sure about that. After all, there was the pseudo-sequel Rasen, released concurrent with Ringu in 1998. Only, Rasen bombed (and rightly so, perhaps) and so the next sequel was simply titled Ringu 2 […]

Struck by Lightning

Struck by Lightning

| May 28, 2013

Carson Phillips is dead.  While walking to his car after school, the high school senior, who served on the student council, edited the school newspaper, and served as president of the Clover High Writers’ Club, was struck by lightning.  The film tells the story of Carson’s (Chris Colfer; Glee) final weeks before his death, which […]

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Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

| May 28, 2013

From Irvine Welsh, the novelist behind Trainspotting comes another mind-bending drug drama in Ecstasy.  This film is centered on Lloyd Buist (Adam Sinclair), a drug smuggler working for an Irish mobster, Solo (Carlo Rota; Fox’s 24).  Lloyd and his friend Woodsy (Billy Boyd; The Lord of the Rings), and his girlfriend Heather (Kristen Kreuk; Smallville) […]

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Frances Ha

Frances Ha

| May 28, 2013

Frances Ha is the new film from director Noah Baumbach. The indie auteur once again casts his favorite Greta Gerwig as the frankly uncouth Frances. A subtle comedy, the plot centers around a directionless young woman and the intense admiration for her best friend and roommate Sophie. Broke, unemployed, and awkward, the main character searches for terra […]

Silver Case

Silver Case

| May 21, 2013

Two wannabe crime bosses working in the film industry are having a silent war.  Very silent.  It’s not even clear if one of them is aware of it, but fortunately it’s not incredibly relevant to the film.  On one side there’s the Senator (Eric Roberts), and on the other there’s the Master (Brad Light) and […]

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One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five

| May 21, 2013

Setting the perfect balance of comedy, action and plot development in the last batch of its episodes, One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five manages to be one of the strongest sets of this season, keeping fans enticed and clamoring for more. After the events of the last boxed set, Nico Nico Robin has been taken […]

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Come Undone

Come Undone

| May 21, 2013

First love is a well-worn topic in the movies. Your average gay film is filled with stilted dialogue, gorgeous but otherwise talentless actors, and an all-too tidy conclusion where either one of the lovers dies or the two live happily ever after. It was with some reservations that I approached Come Undone. The box art […]

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Tomorrow You’re Gone

Tomorrow You’re Gone

| May 17, 2013

In the days leading up to Charlie’s (Stephen Dorff) release from prison, he receives an encouraging letter from an old friend known as Buddha (Willem Dafoe).  The letter contains a hidden message to kill a man named Ornay (Robert LaSardo) and so when Charlie gets out, he works to fulfill the Buddha’s request.  Along the […]

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Liz & Dick

Liz & Dick

| May 14, 2013

I voluntarily watched Liz & Dick a couple of months ago because I’m a fan of Paul Scheer’s podcast, How Did This Get Made? and I always try to watch the various terrible movies they’re going to discuss before listening to the episode.  While Liz & Dick is among the better movies the podcast has […]

Sekirei & Sekirei: Pure Engagement

Sekirei & Sekirei: Pure Engagement

| May 10, 2013

Sekirei is precisely the sort of series I categorically avoid: a fan service-heavy, harem fighter in which battles between large-breasted women almost inevitably result in their nudity. Although I’m an admitted detractor of both harem and mature-rated fighter animes, I find myself surprisingly offering a relatively unreserved recommendation of Sekirei here. While I certainly never […]

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