Archive for January, 2015

It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age

It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age

| January 26, 2015

Between 1932 and 1949, screenwriter Charles Brackett kept a diary of his everyday life working in Hollywood.  That diary has now been edited down to about 400 pages, chronically Brackett’s experiences during this tumultuous time in American and film history.  The book is largely focused on Brackett’s relationship with legendary writer/director Billy Wilder, who created […]

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

| January 26, 2015

Moms Mabley, billed as “The Funniest Woman in The World,” and one of the most successful African-American comedians of all time, brings her biting humor to the big screen in a starring role as “Amazing Grace.” Mabley is Grace Teasdale Grimes, a Baltimore, Maryland, widow who discovers that the local mayoral election is a front […]

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Open Windows

Open Windows

| January 26, 2015

I didn’t know what to expect from this one.  I’ve been intrigued by Sasha Grey’s (The Girlfriend Experience) mainstream career since she made that really interesting horror film a couple of years ago called Would You Rather? which I also reviewed for this site.  Elijah Wood tends to do the same thing dependably from project […]

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

| January 26, 2015

From its egg throwing, intro ode to Kinji Fukusaku, to the madcap finale, soaked in blood and bullets, Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jikoku de naze warui) is a brilliant ode to cinema itself and one of the best films that Sono has made thus far. In the film, we follow two […]

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Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

| January 24, 2015

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a visionary whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America. In a career spanning most of the 20th century, Martha Hill […]

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The Duke Of Burgundy

The Duke Of Burgundy

| January 24, 2015

The limits of desire and fulfillment are dissected quite captivatingly in Peter Strickland’s latest film The Duke Of Burgundy. The story takes place in an unknown town and in the rooms and gardens of a seemingly ancient estate. There, Cynthia, played by Sidse Babett Knudesen, an assumed although never confirmed entomologist engages in a sadomasochistic relationship with […]

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Abstraction

Abstraction

| January 24, 2015

I really only need one word to review this movie:  amateur.  But, since I’m required to write at least 400 words, I’ll go into a bit more detail. Everything about Abstraction feels like it was thrown together by a group of community college dropouts.  The acting, writing, directing, camera work, editing, characterization, structure, etc all […]

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Big Driver

Big Driver

| January 22, 2015

Big Driver I’m a huge fan of Maria Bello, who consistently turns out great, inventive performances with a lot of depth and emotional resonance.  Here, she plays Tess, a mystery novelist famous for a series of books about a group of elderly women who solve murders.  She has some fame, fortune, and generally lives a […]

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

| January 22, 2015

There are a few things that you can annually count on from the world of animation. Pixar will produce another Oscar-winner (or occasionally a Cars 2), and Dreamworks will put out Ice Age 73. However, every so often you get a work of animation that refutes the traditional paradigm. In 1993, it was The Nightmare […]

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Godzilla To Return To Movie Theaters

Godzilla To Return To Movie Theaters

| January 21, 2015

When you mention the name Godzilla, most people know something about the original movie and those that followed. There are however, many facts about the Godzilla cinematic experience that many people don’t know. The original Godzilla film, called Gojira, was made in 1954 and was directed by film legend Ishiro Honda, who was influenced by the […]

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