Archive for November, 2013

More Than Honey

More Than Honey

| November 12, 2013

Have you heard the buzz?  The weather gets warmer, the days get longer and then they come.  The bees seem to be all around you–or so it seems.   Over the years,  even I have noticed that there seems to be less and less bees.  Markus Imhoof’s documentary More Than Honey (2012) aims to find an answer […]

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Blood C: The Last Dark

Blood C: The Last Dark

| November 10, 2013

Blood-C was most certainly a highlight of the year and one of my favorite series to come out of Production I.G. in a long while. The story was handled in a subversive way, the action was top notch and it was certainly a healthy addition to the Blood: The Last Vampire mythology. Of course, the […]

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Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

| November 10, 2013

Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 cyberpunk classic, Akira, which he adapted from his manga of the same name, is perhaps the single most recognizable feature-length anime. For many in North America, Akira served as their introduction to anime and it is without a doubt the anime feature most viewed by American audiences. And rightly so, because Akira […]

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Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

| November 9, 2013

I tried not to get my hopes up too high going into the Thor sequel, but couldn’t help but think the trailers looked really really good.  I kept telling myself that the trailers for Iron Man 3 looked great too, and that was a jokey mess.  Fortunately, The Dark World did not disappoint in any way and made for a wonderful […]

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The Motel Life

The Motel Life

| November 8, 2013

“No matter what, I want you two to stay together.” It was a dying mother’s wish. The Flanagan brothers lost their mother to cancer when they were just teens, and were forced to grow up fast and live a life on the run. Not wanting to risk separation, they ran away to Reno and grew […]

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Dealin’ With Idiots

Dealin’ With Idiots

| November 8, 2013

Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) takes a stab at writing and directing with Dealin’ With Idiots.  Garlin plays Max, a comedian who describes himself as one of the top twenty best comedians working today.  However, we never see any of Max’s stand-up, as the film focuses more on Max going to his son’s little league […]

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Birth of the Dead

Birth of the Dead

| November 7, 2013

The pop culture obsession with zombies shows no signs of abating, with The Walking Dead currently shambling through its fourth season and somebody, somewhere still trying to get an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground, to say nothing of the never-ending stream of low-budget direct-to-disc films clogging up Redboxes and VOD […]

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Saving Santa

Saving Santa

| November 6, 2013

Christmas is a wonderful holiday, although many have forgotten that. It’s a time of the year when everyone should be happy and friendly with one another. Children should be writing their letters to Santa Claus, eagerly awaiting Christmas morning. If you’ve lost your Christmas magic, I highly recommend taking some time to see Saving Santa (2013). […]

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Boy

Boy

| November 6, 2013

Boy (2010), by director Taika Waititi, is set in New Zealand, which is evident from the music as the opening shots unfold.  There is a lighthearted undertone to it which is perfect for this beautifully awkward comedy. A quote from E.T. The Exterrestial opens the film: “You could be happy here.  We could grow up together.” […]

Grabbers

Grabbers

| November 6, 2013

It’s impossible for me to adequately describe the charm of Grabbers (2012) without likening it to Whisky Galore (1949), Local Hero (1983), The Matchmaker (1997), or Waking Ned Devine (1998), all of which succeed in large part due to the profound sense of community the filmmakers manage to impart. Like those films, Grabbers is set […]