Archive for June, 2013

Museum Hours

Museum Hours

| June 29, 2013

It’s rather obvious to cinephiles, and even more-so to average movie goers  when a director who is not solely a filmmaker tries their hand to the trade. Under appreciated actors,  an array of ambient and/or obscure artists filling the soundtrack, and a story that seeks to defy everything one knows of convential film – all seem requisite for the work of […]

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The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection

The Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection

| June 29, 2013

Much like Kenneth Anger’s celebrated short “Fireworks,” Curtis Harrington’s “Fragment of Seeking” (1946), which prefigured “Fireworks” by a year, explores the struggle of a young, gay man with his sexual identity. Only Harrington does so with considerably more subtlety and ambiguity, resulting in a beautiful, languid piece about the pressures faced by those whose desires […]

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Lion Ark

Lion Ark

| June 28, 2013

Years ago, a group of workers from Animal Defenders International (ADI) went to work undercover in a bunch of south American circuses, where they witnessed countless acts of animal cruelty including starvation, beating, and overcrowded cages.  Through their investigation, ADI was able to get the Bolivian government to ban animal circuses all together, but only […]

Supporting Characters

Supporting Characters

| June 27, 2013

Best friends Nick (Alex Karpovsky) and Darryl (Tarik Lowe) are editing partners working to assemble a romantic comedy in a way that audiences may actually enjoy.  However, their work on the film is really just a backdrop for most of the action in Supporting Characters.  The film is mostly about relationships.  Nick is engaged to […]

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Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

| June 27, 2013

The third feature from acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who has been hailed by the New York Times as “wildly talented,” stars Melvil Poupaud (Broken English, A Christmas Tale) and Suzanne Clément (The Long Winter, I Killed My Mother) as Laurence and Frédérique, a couple whose commitment to each other is challenged when Laurence reveals […]

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As Luck Would Have It

As Luck Would Have It

| June 26, 2013

Dark comedies have long been a part of the cinematic cesspool. They are hard to accomplish successfully and appeal to a limited crowd. No other genre so boldly confronts the desensitization of society to the point where life-and-death situations occur while hilarity is simultaneously ensuing. The drastic differences between the humorous viewpoints and the not-so-humorous […]

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The Rambler

The Rambler

| June 25, 2013

Maybe this really isn’t the place to lament the steamrolling of digital video over film as the medium of choice for filmmakers, but it’s hard not to wonder how different Calvin Lee Reeder’s new film, The Rambler, would have been if it was shot on film rather than razor-sharp high-definition digital video. Reeder’s debut feature, […]

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Wilfred – Season 2

Wilfred – Season 2

| June 25, 2013

Season 2 of F/X’s fiercely original sitcom comes to DVD and Blu-ray in time for the Season 3 premiere.  Of course, I say “fiercely original” even though Wilfred is an adaptation of an Australian TV series.  I actually watched some of the original series out of curiosity and have to say that I think the […]

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A Little Closer

A Little Closer

| June 24, 2013

In this stunning debut feature, A Little Closer plays out in the vein of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Single mom Sheryl works as a house cleaner during the day to make ends (barely) meet and at night looks for love at a dead-end community dance hall. Her younger son Stephen, played by Eric Baskerville, flirts heavily […]

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21 & Over

21 & Over

| June 23, 2013

No one’s more surprised than me by the glowing review I’m about to give this movie. In many ways, 21 & Over is the latest in a long line of clichéd, unrealistic, annoying teen sex comedies, but with one very important difference:  It’s actually really well written at the character level.  The story is about […]