Archive for October, 2014

LFO

LFO

| October 31, 2014

After sinking myself into the first act of Antonio Tublén’s second feature film, LFO, I became extremely concerned. The film reminded me of Shane Carruth’s Primer, in that it wasn’t necessarily cinematic and very concerned about the pseudo-science behind the premise of the film. While I think the idea of Primer is a good one, […]

Hellsing Ultimate Vol.IX and X

Hellsing Ultimate Vol.IX and X

| October 30, 2014

As someone whose grown up watching violent anime, I’ve always managed to rally behind Kouta Hirano’s Hellsing. While the TV series falls of the rails, the Hellsing Ultimate series offered plenty of entertainment, whose first anime series were Fist of the North Star and Ninja Scroll. While its been a long time coming, Hellsing Ultimate […]

×
Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2

Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Borders 1 & 2

| October 28, 2014

From intense, cerebral films, to an accessible TV series, Ghost in the Shell has managed to stay pretty relevant and within the anime zeitgeist since 1995. Its latest incarnation, Ghost in the Shell: Arise is the another attempt from Production I.G. drawing from Masamune Shirow’s well, but happens to bring a different spin on things. […]

×
Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

| October 27, 2014

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream is a documentary about a homeowner who is just fed up with the system. The system to which I refer is the home loan modification system that only works, it seems, to put homeowners further in debt and eventually in a foreclosure state. Caught in the wake of […]

×
Life After Beth

Life After Beth

| October 27, 2014

Life After Beth tells the story of Zach Orfman (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend, Beth Slocum (Aubrey Plaza) dies unexpectedly after she is bitten by a snake on an afternoon hike. Only, just as unexpectedly as she died, she returns, much to the shock of Zach, Beth’s parents Maury (John C. Reilly) and Geenie (Molly Shannon) […]

×
Citizenfour

Citizenfour

| October 24, 2014

Citizenfour is the last and latest piece in filmmaker’s Laura Poitras ‘New American Century’ trilogy. The preceding films, My Country, My Country and The Oath, examined U.S. life and policy in the post-9/11 world. Citizenfour is no different. Like her focus on the Iraqi occupation and Guantanamo Bay, Poitras now takes aim at government surveillance […]

×
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

| October 24, 2014

Yet another documentary about the late Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, is a comprehensive look at the late mega-star, which will premiere on Cable station HBO on October 27. Directed by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and never-before-seen […]

×
Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

| October 21, 2014

Each time I start a new season of Mad Men I’m forced to reevaluate why I keep watching the show.  I’ve been a fan of it since the very beginning, but I quickly noticed that each season starts pretty weak and then builds to a terrific climax that pulls me into the next season.  I […]

×
Cannibal: A Love Story

Cannibal: A Love Story

| October 20, 2014

One may have certain expectations when going into a movie entitled Cannibal: A Love Story.  They may anticipate a psychological thriller about a psychopath finding his humanity through a need for basic human connection.  They might expect a tongue-in-cheek farce with a lot of subtextual winks to the audience and Deschanel levels of quirkiness.  I […]

×
Nothing Bad Can Happen

Nothing Bad Can Happen

| October 15, 2014

Drafthouse Films has built up quite a reputation for themselves in a relatively short time thanks to their excellent selection of restored classics (such as Abel Ferrarra’s Ms. 45), unearthed obscurities (Miami Connection), and new films ranging from surreal comedy to compelling documentaries. Building on the popularity of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas chain, Drafthouse Films […]

×