Archive for May, 2015

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

| May 14, 2015

After having a yearlong affair with Esther (Stephanie Cleau), Julien (Mathieu Amalric) finds himself in police custody being interrogated relentlessly.  Without knowing exactly what’s going on, the audience is forced to jump around in time, seeing Julien’s infidelity juxtaposed with his interrogation, constantly asking ourselves what’s going on.  This disorientation as a way to keep […]

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Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

| May 12, 2015

Alfred Hitchcock may not have found much to appreciate about his 1939 adventure drama, Jamaica Inn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t. For Hitchcock, as he told Francois Truffaut in the legendary Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews, the film was an absurd undertaking that even in 1967 he still described as being something he was “unhappy over.” And […]

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Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I by Shinobu Hashimoto

Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I by Shinobu Hashimoto

| May 12, 2015

If one mentions the films Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and Rashomon in a single utterance, the first person that a cinephile would think of is Director Akira Kurosawa. While they wouldn’t be wrong in thinking this, there’s another creative mind that had his hands in the creation of such classics in Japanese cinema. Screenwriter […]

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Tracers

Tracers

| May 12, 2015

Tracers (2015) is a film that promises a lot. To look at not just the trailer but the basic premise of the film, we’re promised a parkour heist film. Now, I’m a guy who both obsesses over heist films as an action subgenre and has spent many hours wrapped up in parkour videos on YouTube. […]

Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

Broadchurch: The Compete Second Season

| May 12, 2015

When I wrote in my review of Chris Chibnall’s ITV series Broadchurch’s first season that it left me wishing I had had more of this mystery to marathon right there and then, I don’t quite think I was hoping for the sort of experience that the series’ second season would provide. I don’t mean this […]

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The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

| May 12, 2015

Three televised retrospectives from the 1990’s comprise the bulk of the material in StarVista Entertainment/Time Life’s 6-DVD collector’s set: The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show. The Carol Burnett-hosted “Unforgettable Performances” (1991), the “All-Star Comedy Special” (1995) with Mary Tyler Moore, and the Smothers Brothers-hosted “50th Anniversary Special” offer viewers a celebratory Ed Sullivan nostalgia […]

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White Rabbit

White Rabbit

| May 8, 2015

Harlon (Nick Krause; Boyhood) has had a rough life.  At least, he thinks it’s been rough.  He has an over-domineering father (Sam Trammell; True Blood) who drinks too much and pushes Harlon and his brother to be the men he thinks they’re supposed to be.  He’s also flunking out of high school and is the […]

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RiffTrax Live: The Room

RiffTrax Live: The Room

| May 8, 2015

Bad movies are a necessary evil in the world. Bad movies cause us to have a deeper appreciation of good movies. Some movies try to be quality, but fail miserably and often times hilariously. For example, the movie Birdemic. The director set out to make a serious horror film in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

| May 1, 2015

Earth’s mightiest heroes are back for another round, trying once again to save the Earth from certain destruction.  This time, their adversary is not an alien force from a distant galaxy but instead a disturbingly terrestrial foe: an artificially intelligent robot named Ultron (James Spader; The Black List). After the events of The Avengers, our […]

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