Archive for August, 2013

Things Never Said

Things Never Said

| August 30, 2013

So much can be said with silence. Too many words can say so little. And a few words carefully placed can say a lot. Things Never Said is a film about much more than poetry, but it has poetry at its base. The film almost feels like a poem itself.  For Kalindra Stepney, the main […]

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Power Rangers Megaforce: Vol. 1

Power Rangers Megaforce: Vol. 1

| August 30, 2013

It’s certainly no secret: I love the Power Rangers, and honestly only a fraction of that affection is ironic. Sure, from an academic standpoint I’m fascinated by the production of Power Rangers, which forces writers to fashion new, average-American-friendly narratives out of footage from Japanese series. But then, I also love kung fu and giant, […]

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Staircase

Staircase

| August 29, 2013

When I learned that Rex Harrison and Richard Burton had co-starred as a gay couple in a Stanley Donen film (1969’s Staircase), no force on Earth could have kept me away from it. Many thanks be, say I, to the powers that dreamt up such an unlikely pair for the central couple of a queer […]

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

| August 28, 2013

One of the things Mira Nair has proven so very capable of in her films is an ability to portray tangible, multidimensional characters. She takes us through a great journey: getting to know a character’s situation, beginning to understand them, empathizing with their struggles, doubting their motives, questioning their loyalty to others or fearing what […]

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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

| August 27, 2013

The opening of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada (2006), setting up a quick paced world of fashion.  Instead of revolving around what pieces of clothing get chosen to be featured in a highly respected fashion magazine, this documentary is all about the Mecca of fashion: Bergdorf Goodman. Matthew Miele […]

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Epic

Epic

| August 26, 2013

Although certainly not without its shortcomings, Epic (2013) is an exciting and beautifully animated picture that provides an often rewarding bit of entertainment for viewers of all ages. The film tells the story of Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried), or M.K., who reluctantly moves in with her estranged father after her mother’s death. Unfortunately, things are worse than […]

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown

| August 26, 2013

From Tetsurō Araki, director of Death Note and Highschool of the Dead, comes Production I.G’s action-packed original anime, Guilty Crown (2011). On August 27, 2013, the series arrives on North American home video from Funimation Entertainment, with the series’ twenty-two episodes spread over two, separately released Blu-ray/DVD combo packs crammed with special features, including commentaries, […]

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Daily Lives of High School Boys

Daily Lives of High School Boys

| August 26, 2013

What would you expect a collaborative effort between anime studio Sunrise and Square Enix to look like? Presumably some sort of fantasy-mecha-RPG kind of show, right? Of course. What else? That’s why, when these two companies actually did come together to create the slice-of-life, comedy series, Daily Lives of High School Boys, they quickly dispelled […]

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

| August 25, 2013

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013) comes at you at about a million miles an hour. It opens and you think, “oh, there’s Tobey Maguire,” and before you know it, your eyes and ears are bombarded for nearly an hour with Luhrmann’s usual candy-colored, rapid-fire visuals and a mash-up soundtrack of equal parts 1920s jazz […]

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The World’s End

The World’s End

| August 24, 2013

Much has changed since the 2004 release of Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have garnished enough international fame to rub elbows with Hollywood productions, including Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tin-Tin. The duo also once again collaborated with director Edgar Wright for the laugh-riot Hot-Fuzz in 2007; they also worked with Superbad director […]

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