Archive for February, 2014

Lesson Before Love

Lesson Before Love

| February 26, 2014

Lesson Before Love is a new movie from Breaking Glass Films that explores love, as four aspiring African-American professionals meet under weird circumstances that might have signaled love between the four of them, but love only seemed to catch fire with two of them. But within all four lives, Derick, Alexis, Cullen and Janae all […]

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The 300 Spartans

The 300 Spartans

| February 25, 2014

I freely admit that Zack Snyder/Frank Miller’s historically-inaccurate, LGBT-insensitive (yet supremely homoerotic), machismo bullshit, green screen nightmare 300 (2006) is entirely lost on me. Its characters are thin or, where fleshed out, are so rooted in stereotypes and broadly drawn that bonding with them as viewers ought to proves nearly impossible. It doesn’t help either […]

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Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

| February 25, 2014

Anyone with even a slight interest in the eruption of blues, funk and rock that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s will enjoy the documentary film Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier. It’s a phenomenal piece of music history that tells a story many may not be familiar with. That’s the […]

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Twice Born

Twice Born

| February 25, 2014

Life. It is a journey filled with beauty and pain that is easy to romanticize through distant memories. Gemma, an Italian professor, returns to Sarajevo at the invitation of her old friend Gojco. It was the town where she met her child’s father, Diego, an American photographer. The journey turns out to be more than […]

You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son

| February 24, 2014

Paul (Niels Arestrup) and his longtime business partner Francois (Patrick Chesnais) have been running a successful French vineyard for years.  They take a lot of pride in their work and the future is looking bright until Francois is diagnosed with cancer and given 6 months to live.  Now, Paul is forced to take on a […]

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Pulling Strings

Pulling Strings

| February 24, 2014

Alejandro (Jaime Camil) is a mariachi performer and (since the death of his wife) has become a stay-at-home dad. His unconventional lifestyle and career poses problems when trying to obtain a visa for his daughter, Maria, who has recently been distracted and gotten into trouble at school. The two have a strong relationship; Maria can […]

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Scarecrow

Scarecrow

| February 24, 2014

There’s a fine line between science fiction and horror, and Scarecrow falls squarely in the horror column, which would be fine except this is a production of the Syfy channel. I don’t understand how Sci-fi and horror have become the same in some people’s eyes.  There are definitely a lot of crossovers between the genres […]

Hellbenders

Hellbenders

| February 21, 2014

Filmmaker J.T. Petty has made a name for himself among genre fans with his original independent films Soft for Digging, S&Man, and The Burrowers. While S&Man features some bleak humor in its faux documentary portrayal of the “fake snuff film” underground, Petty’s other films have been more notable for their quiet and careful pacing. So […]

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Mortal Enemies

Mortal Enemies

| February 18, 2014

Tradition meets cliché in this generic kung fu revenge flick.  When Ver (Verdy Bhawanta) witnesses his older brother’s murder, he’s sent to an orphanage, where he meets a young Sunny (Robin Shou; Mortal Kombat).  The two become like brothers themselves until Ver is adopted by a rich family.  Years later, after his adopted father’s death, […]

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Romeo and Juliet (2013)

Romeo and Juliet (2013)

| February 17, 2014

It’s all pouting lips and swelling orchestral strings in Carlo Carlei’s 2013 filmic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Boasting an adapted screenplay by Downton Abbey-creator Julian Fellowes and the likes of Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgård and Damian Lewis among the players, my expectations for this adaptation were high—perhaps too much so. […]

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