Archive for August, 2013

What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

| August 18, 2013

I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I can’t think of another movie that so expertly discusses divorce from the child’s perspective.  In this case, the child is Maisie (Onata Aprile in her debut performance), who finds herself torn in all directions while her parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) battle for custody […]

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Killing Season

Killing Season

| August 18, 2013

It’s been twenty years since the Bosnian War.  Benjamin (Robert De Niro), who served as a colonel for the American army has been living a quiet life in a cabin in the wilderness, cut off from what family he has left; content to take pictures of his surroundings.  One fateful day, Benjamin meets Emil (John […]

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Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition

Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition

| August 17, 2013

Although there have already been seemingly countless releases of Dragon Ball Z on DVD, the Rock the Dragon Edition set stands out from the others in that it’s quite specifically geared to appeal to your nostalgic recollections of watching DBZ on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. That’s right! FUNimation Entertainment has at last released the entire 1996 […]

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The Battery

The Battery

| August 16, 2013

Apocalypse fatigue is a real problem for fans of independent horror cinema. Post-apocalypse (or “PA,” henceforth) films are an attractive proposition for low-budget filmmakers: get a small cast out in the middle of nowhere for a small shoot, and it’s not too tough (in the States, anyway) to fake the end of the world. Scout […]

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Super Storm

Super Storm

| August 15, 2013

Also known as Mega Cyclone, Super Storm first came out in 2011, but is now being released on Blu-ray for the first time.  Although, if you broke down (like so many of us) and purchased the DVD two years ago, giving up hope that the Syfy original would ever make its Blu-ray debut, don’t worry; I […]

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The Damned (1947)

The Damned (1947)

| August 14, 2013

April 19, 1945. The Allied Forces sweep across Europe, liberating cities occupied by the Third Reich as they push the enemy back toward Berlin. In Oslo, Norway, a hastily-assembled Nazi think tank boards a U-boat bound for South America, where they will plot the systematic brainwashing of the entire world according to Nazi ideology that […]

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Petunia

Petunia

| August 14, 2013

Petunia is a dark comedy about an off-beat family of New Yorkers who must come to terms with their dysfunctional behavior and misgivings about life, relationships and love. The Petunia family is made up of Charlie (Tobias Segal), Adrian and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and their meddling psychoanalyst parents (Christine Lahti and David Rasche). Michael and […]

This is Martin Bonner

This is Martin Bonner

| August 13, 2013

Spend a week in the life of Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn), an elderly man who has recently relocated to Reno, Nevada to try to figure his life out.  Working with a company that helps prison inmates transition back into the real world, Martin’s hobbies include antiquing, museums, and air guitar.  Through his job, he meets […]

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Errors of the Human Body

Errors of the Human Body

| August 13, 2013

My adoration of the David Cronenberg’s oeuvre compels me to watch just about any film that’s compared to his work. Hence, I jumped at the opportunity to watch Eron Sheean’s Errors of the Human Body (2012), which is described in the DVD synopsis as “a slick, tense sci-fi thriller in the vein of early Cronenberg.” […]

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Aftershock

Aftershock

| August 13, 2013

A group of people come together while on vacation in Chilé.  Gringo (Eli Roth, serving as actor, producer, and co-director on the film) is visiting friends in Chilé when the three of them meet three girls and they all start going to parties and having fun.  Suddenly, the area they’re in is hit with a […]