Archive for February, 2015

Maison Close

Maison Close

| February 10, 2015

Watching Maison Close, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my favorite movies, Brotherhood of the Wolf.  In that French film, an important plot point involves the heroes – taking a break from karate chopping and drop-kicking eighteenth century peasants – visiting a brothel.  The lead courtesan is an Italian played by Monica […]

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The 2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films

The 2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films

| February 7, 2015

Thankfully, the last couple of years, they’ve started showing the Oscar Nominated short films in select theaters so the general public can see them and care about which one wins along with all the other awards.  Except for documentary.  I don’t even know what’s nominated for best documentary… Anyway, I just got home from seeing […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

| February 6, 2015

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that good movies do not come out in February.  That being said, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opens on February 13 is awesome.  I know; I’m surprised too.  I managed to catch a free early screening of the movie last night at the Alamo Drafthouse here […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 1

The Rose of Versailles: Part 1

| February 3, 2015

Marie Antoinette, who served as the Queen of France from 1774-1792, was beheaded in 1793. This we know definitively. But with that in mind, what satisfaction can we as media viewers possibly gain from watching a fictionalized account of her life apart from gaining a passing (and potentially falsified) knowledge of history– events which could […]

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Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

| February 3, 2015

VHS has been making a comeback over the last few years, and with it has come a renewed interest in the “shot on video” (or SOV) direct-to-video horror films of the 80s and 90s. Small DVD imprints like Slasher Video and Massacre Video have made their names by re-releasing SOV movies like Boardinghouse and Black […]

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Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes

| February 3, 2015

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good, horrifying peek behind the curtain at the movie business in cinema. Maybe David Lynch’s last couple of features–Inland Empire and Mulholland Drive, both of which featured stories of deeply unpleasant things going on under the Hollywood sign–have intimidated a lot of horror filmmakers into looking […]

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The Overnighters

The Overnighters

| February 3, 2015

What worth is the “American Dream” if one’s own livelihood is destroyed at its pursuit? This is the lingering question that lies at the heart of Jesse Moss’ incredible film The Overnighters, a powerful documentary unlike any other and a spectacle of non-fiction filmmaking. Set in Williston, North Dakota, The Overnighters follows Jay Reinke, a […]

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Sex (Ed) The Movie

Sex (Ed) The Movie

| February 2, 2015

I pretty much got exactly what I was hoping for out of this documentary.  Years ago, I wrote a short article about the dawn of sex education in American in the 1920s.  It was a fascinating topic, rooted largely in the moral and religious climate of the time.  Reading about propaganda and teaching strategies to […]

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Whiplash

Whiplash

| February 2, 2015

The world of jazz drumming at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory music school brings us one of the most intense films in the hunt for an Academy Award this year, words that no one intended to ever read.  Brought to you by Damien Chazelle, Whiplash is an inspiring, thrilling, and captivating film that will leave hearts […]