Archive for April, 2014

L’Immortelle

L’Immortelle

| April 11, 2014

Alain Robbe-Grillet may be best known to many cinephiles as the screenwriter of Alain Resnais’s classic Last Year at Marienbad, although this is at least partially due to the fact that Robbe-Grillet’s films as director have largely been unavailable outside of Europe aside from occasional repertory screenings. Kino Classics and Redemption Films recently licensed six […]

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A Touch of Sin

A Touch of Sin

| April 10, 2014

As a person that has grown up watching tons of Japanese cult cinema, pre-Hays code Hollywood films and a plethora of other cinema genres, cinematic violence is nothing new to me. Not that I’ve become desensitized, but I find that cinematic violence can be a liberating form of expression for a filmmaker. Jia Zhangke has […]

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Anger Management – Volume 3

Anger Management – Volume 3

| April 9, 2014

In the wake of Charlie Sheen’s nervous breakdown and being fired from his popular sitcom Two and a Half Men, FX decided to capitalize on this different type of fame by putting Sheen back on the air as an anger management counselor having a casual affair with fellow counselor Kate (Selma Blair; Cruel Intentions) and […]

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Nurse 3-D

Nurse 3-D

| April 9, 2014

From the very moment that the teaser posters were revealed for Douglas Aarniokoski’s Nurse 3-D, it should have been known that the film was to be something special. Due to its risque appeal and in your face attitude, the marketing campaign knew what they had in their hands and made it a point to begin […]

Draft Day

Draft Day

| April 9, 2014

When I first saw the trailer for the film Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, I was less than enthused.  Although I love the NFL and am a hardcore Chicago Bears fan, I have never watched, nor have I ever had any interest in, the NFL draft.  I wasn’t […]

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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Bastards

Bastards

| April 8, 2014

Claire Denis’ follow up to 2009’s White Material is a gritty film-noir about a Parisian sex ring entitled Bastards. The French title Les Saluds is certainly more poetic, but the film is anything but. As in her previous productions, Denis remains an unsympathetic provocateur. Bastards opens with Navy officer Metro leaving his ship to fix a family problem in Paris. Though […]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

| April 6, 2014

For better or worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the landscape of the superhero genre and has done things unlike any other film series in cinematic history. Where things began with the first Iron Man film in 2008, culminated into a epic comic book extravaganza in 2012’s The Avengers. Now, two years after The […]

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The Nut Job

The Nut Job

| April 5, 2014

I wasn’t actually aware that Universal Studios made animated films.  I had to google what else they’ve done, and nothing on the list stood out to me except for their early efforts with Land Before Time and An American Tail.  Those are quire reminiscent of my childhood, but Universal has spent the 25 years since […]

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Alien Abduction

Alien Abduction

| April 5, 2014

As a filmmaking technique, found footage is dead.  What once seemed like a comment a technologically obsessed, intellectually deficient generation has been transformed – aptly enough – into a shallow delivery system for cheap thrills for low-budget filmmakers.  Don’t have enough money for lights?  Low light cameras are a dime a dozen.  Production design?  Who […]

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