Archive for January, 2014

Hail Mary

Hail Mary

| January 12, 2014

Earlier this week, the Cohen Film Collection simultaneously debuted two of French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard’s films on Blu-ray as part of their Classics of French Cinema line of home video releases: Hail Mary (Je vous salue, Marie, 1985) and For Ever Mozart (1996). Although beautiful and complex, the highly academic For Ever Mozart […]

Riddick

Riddick

| January 12, 2014

Spurred in no small part by the enormous support of his fans on Facebook, Vin Diesel reprised his role as Richard B. Riddick—the role that marked his debut as a leading man—in 2013’s Riddick. The character first appeared in 2000’s Pitch Black and his adventures continued in 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. Both films garnered […]

Runner Runner

Runner Runner

| January 11, 2014

By all rights, Runner Runner (2013) should have been my jam. After all, it’s a film about gambling… at least on its surface. And whether we’re talking The Cincinnati Kid (1965), California Split (1974) or Maverick (1994), gambling films are something I obsess over. In the desperation of the gambler, the intrinsic suspense of the […]

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Carrie (2013)

Carrie (2013)

| January 11, 2014

Kimberly Peirce’s filmic adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel, Carrie, had a lot to live up to. After all, not only is the novel immensely popular, but Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation is held by many including myself to be a classic of horror cinema. And in some respects, Peirce’s adaptation indeed succeeded admirably. […]

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For Ever Mozart

For Ever Mozart

| January 11, 2014

This week, the Cohen Film Collection debuted two films by venerated French director Jean-Luc Godard on Blu-ray, Hail Mary (1985) and For Ever Mozart (1996). Although a review of Hail Mary is indeed forthcoming, but this review will focus on the dense and beautiful For Ever Mozart. In For Ever Mozart (1996), Godard turns his […]

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Duck Dynasty: Season 4

Duck Dynasty: Season 4

| January 7, 2014

If you’re hoping I’m going to weigh in on the whole Pat Robertson scandal, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.  I honestly don’t have a strong opinion about it.  I was offended by his comments, but that’s the price we pay for living in a country where freedom of expression is enjoyed without limits or […]

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Don Jon

Don Jon

| January 6, 2014

With Don Jon (2013), Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his feature film debut as a writer/director. In it, Gordon-Levitt stars as Jon Martello, a porn-addicted Don Juan who vastly prefers pornography to sex with real live women. Even after he lands himself a genuine “10” in Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), who insists he give up pornography if […]

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

| January 6, 2014

It is not uncommon to read a review where the author declares whatever film they’re reviewing to be a bona fide masterpiece. But it should be uncommon. The problem is, it’s a designation all-too-often given to things that people simply like. Let us not confuse the things we enjoy with those things that actually advance […]

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The Who’s Who of Doctor Who

The Who’s Who of Doctor Who

| January 5, 2014

The Who’s Who of Doctor Who: A Whovian Guide to Friends, Foes, Villains, Monsters, and Companions To The Good Doctor by Cameron K. McEwan is a quick reference to the world of the Doctor, both the classic Who and new Who. It is an essential coffee table book for any Whoian, and I mean that […]

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12 Disasters

12 Disasters

| January 4, 2014

I was very confused when the John Cusack movie 2012 came out in 2010.  It seemed like in order to play to the real life mythology surrounding the Mayan apocalypse prophesized for 2012, the film would have been released as close to the alleged doomsday as possible.  Now I get it.  It’s been more than […]

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