Archive for September, 2013

The Frozen Ground

The Frozen Ground

| September 27, 2013

In The Frozen Ground, Nicolas Cage plays Alaska State Trooper Jack Halcombe, whose superiors put him on the trail of a killer targeting prostitutes in the Anchorage area. But Jack isn’t happy about this assignment, because, wouldn’t you know it, it’s his last two weeks on the force! What are the chances, right? So here […]

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Barabbas

Barabbas

| September 25, 2013

Billy Zane stars as Barabbas, the vicious criminal who in the Bible was released from prison right before Jesus Christ was taken to be crucified.  The crowd there was given a choice to either release Jesus or Barabbas, and despite his terrible reputation, the crowd choose Brabbas.  This mini-series strives to tell Brabbas’ story leading […]

Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

| September 24, 2013

For many including myself, Halloween is a holiday defined by movies. To us, October 1st isn’t merely one of twelve days a year we have to drop off a rent check. It marks the beginning of a 31-day horror movie free-for-all that culminates in All Hallow’s Eve! And in that annual 31-day stretch, I guarantee […]

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Redemption

Redemption

| September 24, 2013

When the name Jason Statham is heard, one can usually assume that a action packed film is not far behind.  With one of his newest films, however, this is not the case, unfortunately. Redemption (2013), although it has it’s moments of intense action, is more a character piece. This film is about Joey, played by Statham, an ex-special […]

Room 237

Room 237

| September 24, 2013

Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is an interesting journey into different interpretations of analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece, The Shining. At 102 minutes, the film takes five, distinct interpretations and runs back and forth from them, while only showing clips from Kubrick’s filmography, found footage and several reenactments that serve the various narratives that […]

A Letter to Three Wives

A Letter to Three Wives

| September 22, 2013

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1949 picture, A Letter to Three Wives, is the latest film released in the 20th Century Fox Studio Classics line of Blu-rays. There have been some thoroughly remarkable works released as part of Fox’s Studio Classics line, and so I was surprised to find A Letter to Three Wives coming off as […]

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The Haunting of Helena

The Haunting of Helena

| September 20, 2013

Every few years it seems someone takes a crack at the “classy ghost story” style of horror story, from the glacially-paced and quiet (Pascal Laugier’s Saint Ange in 2004) to the more visceral (Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage in 2007), all of which try to conjure up a similar atmosphere of dread. It’s a tricky […]

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The East

The East

| September 20, 2013

The East (2013) raises some serious issues. It asks questions about the very real problem of corporate corruption facing the world outside the film and it explores the difficulties facing individuals who would combat this corruption. In short, it asks questions for which there are ultimately no easy answers. To that end, when addressing complex issues […]

Men at Lunch

Men at Lunch

| September 20, 2013

Eighty one years ago, the famous photo of “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” was taken.  Today, September 20, 2013, you can see the documentary Men At Lunch (2012) at the Quad Cinema in New York and gain a deeper understanding of that famous photo. In Men At Lunch, the filmmaker, Seán Ó Cualáin, brings the audience to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Iron […]

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The League: The Complete Season Four

The League: The Complete Season Four

| September 19, 2013

I’d like to open here with an appeal to all those who have zero interest in sports on behalf of The League. When the series was first recommended to me, the person doing the recommending tried to sell me on it by describing the sitcom as being “about a bunch of guys in a fantasy […]

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