Archive for November, 2013

Homefront

Homefront

| November 27, 2013

“Whatever you’re thinking, re-think it,” is the kind of derivative action hero one-liner that Sylvester Stallone cranks out so easily and Jason Statham delivers so assuredly in several movies, not excluding Homefront. The latest Stallone-penned action-drama stars this generation’s heir to genre’s throne—Jason Statham, and includes an impressive supporting cast, as well as a solid […]

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

| November 25, 2013

Film noir is the kind of genre that grabs you by throat and doesn’t let go. It can be mean and fierce (Ace in the Hole). It can have startling commentary on gender politics and malignant desire (The Little Foxes). More recent films with significant traces of noir include Prisoners and Stoker. At its best, […]

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The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

| November 24, 2013

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gone with the Wind (1939) star Vivien Leigh’s birth, the Cohen Film Collection released this incredible collection of the star’s early, pre-Scarlett O’Hara work. The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection, which Cohen assembled in collaboration with the British Film Institute, features four pictures Leigh made in England in 1936 and 1937, […]

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One Piece: Strong World

One Piece: Strong World

| November 21, 2013

For years, films based off of long running shonen series always presented themselves as simple stories, with the only true highlight being the rich animation that would accompany this familiar territory. Eiichiro Oda wanted to make sure that this didn’t happen for the 10th One Piece film, where most of the other entries were just […]

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All is Bright

All is Bright

| November 19, 2013

It never occurred to me until I actually saw the two of them on the cover of a movie together. But when I did, I realized that Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd would make a perfect cinematic pairing. It seems so obvious to me now, of course, having witnessed the brilliant give-and-take of their performances […]

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Women Without Men

Women Without Men

| November 19, 2013

Telling the story of four very different women living in the tumult of 1953 Tehran, Women without Men, is a visually exquisite and poetic exploration of gender issues that are still prevalent today in Iran, as well as many parts of the world.  Adapted from Shahrnush Parsipur’s novel of the same title, and directed by […]

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Ill Manors

Ill Manors

| November 19, 2013

Ill Manors is a unique and explosive crime thriller that follows six people over the course of seven days as they fight to make a name for themselves on the unforgiving streets of London. The characters struggle to survive the circles of violence that engulf each of them: ex-dealer Kirby, who has just been released […]

Qwerty

Qwerty

| November 19, 2013

Qwerty follows the individual and collective adventures of a quirky Chicago couple, Zoe and Marty. Viewers are immediately entranced by the just-silly-enough vibe that is balanced out by some of the deeper hurts that come to the surface as the story unfolds. The oddball love story is endearing with an unusual sense of humor, but […]

Treme: The Complete Third Season

Treme: The Complete Third Season

| November 19, 2013

The third season of Treme ends with many questions that make for an interesting fourth and final season. I love this HBO series that is centered in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. All the main players during the third season seem to be right in reach of their dreams, turning new leaves and with eyes bright […]

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All the President’s Men: Special Edition

All the President’s Men: Special Edition

| November 18, 2013

Named on AFI’s list of the top 100 greatest movies of all time in 2007, All the President’s Men (1976) is indeed an extraordinary picture, one that surely deserves a place on any such list of cinema’s greatest works. In it, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington […]

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