Archive for May, 2013

China Beach: The Complete Series

China Beach: The Complete Series

| May 4, 2013

China Beach aired on ABC from 1988-1991, wowing critics and (its tragically few) dedicated viewers with a bold and emotional take on a war series. Set during the Vietnam War at the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R center on China Beach, the series recounts the day-to-day exploits of the US Army doctors, nurses, Red Cross […]

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Desperate Acts of Magic

Desperate Acts of Magic

| May 3, 2013

When Jason Kant (Joe Tyler Gold) loses his job as a software designer, he sees it as a sign that it’s time for him to pursue his true passion: magic.  With the help of his best friend and established magician Steve Kramer (Jonathan Levit), Jason decides to enter a big magic competition in San Diego.  […]

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Strictly Ballroom on Blu-ray

Strictly Ballroom on Blu-ray

| May 3, 2013

Strictly Ballroom (1992), the first entry in Baz Luhrmann’s “Red Curtain Trilogy” (followed by Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001)), is by far the most charming of the series but also, tragically, the most overlooked. As an Australian import about organized, competitive ballroom dancing (preceding by a decade the trend in television that […]

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Broken City

Broken City

| May 1, 2013

Broken City opens on New York City detective Billy Taggert (Mark Wahlberg) on trial for the murder of a young man whilst on duty. He claims self-defense, of course, but the public’s convinced that events transpired otherwise. Ultimately, though, Billy’s acquitted due to a lack of evidence. We learn precious little about Billy during this […]

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Deadball

Deadball

| May 1, 2013

Deadball is- well, maybe that’s the best place to start. Deadball simply is. Even days after watching the movie, the fact that Deadball exists is nothing short of amazing. Not because the movie itself is shocking, but because I’m still trying to figure out… why? I mean, I know a blame lot of swill I […]

Behind The Orange Curtain

Behind The Orange Curtain

| May 1, 2013

Prescription drug dependency is an epidemic that is taking over the United States. The abuse of prescription medications has already claimed more lives than car accidents in America annually. 40 years ago, prescription drugs were not nearly as common as they are now, and dependency on them was something millions thought impossible. But a new […]

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Tribeca Film Festival Exclusive: Scott Coffey talks Adult World

Tribeca Film Festival Exclusive: Scott Coffey talks Adult World

| May 1, 2013

“Fame is this generation’s black plague,” is one of Scott Coffey’s favorite lines from his second feature as a director, Adult World. “I thought it was kind of great line and a great truth,” says Coffey. “We all kind of want it and like it, but to seek fame only is shallow.” Uttered by John […]

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K-11

K-11

| May 1, 2013

When Raymond Saxx (Goran Visnjic) turns up in some kind of ward for the criminally insane, accused of killing his wife’s lover, I imagine he feels a bit like Alice; tumbling down the rabbit hole.  He’s disoriented, drunk and/or high, with moments of lucidity but it takes him about half the film to really find […]

Tribeca Film Festival 2013:  Jenée LaMarque and Zoe Kazan discuss The Pretty One

Tribeca Film Festival 2013: Jenée LaMarque and Zoe Kazan discuss The Pretty One

| May 1, 2013

There are two things that screenwriter and director Jenée LaMarque confirms with her first full-length feature film The Pretty One—A)That complex females characters can be brought to life and celebrated on screen in a refreshing, honest, interesting and humorous way; And B) that Jake Johnson has crazy chemistry with actresses named Zoe/Zooey. It took LaMarque, […]

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Wuss

Wuss

| May 1, 2013

Wuss (2011), written and directed by Clay Liford, stars Nate Rubin (Mitch) as a young english teacher in a public school wrought with, as the character Maddie Worth (Alicia Anthony) would put it, “miscreants.” It is a tale that easily resonates with almost anyone, for it touches on many a broad topic from mere high […]