Archive for June, 2015

Friday Foster

Friday Foster

| June 8, 2015

In 1975’s filmic adaptation of the comic strip Friday Foster, Pam Grier stars as the titular Friday, a model-turned-photographer who witnesses an attempted assassination while on assignment for her magazine. The target of this assassination: multi-millionaire Blake Tarr (played by Blacula’s version of Van Helsing, Thalmus Rasulala), who Friday describes as “The Black Howard Hughes.” […]

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The DUFF

The DUFF

| June 7, 2015

Let’s get this right out of the way: I am totally not the audience for whom The DUFF (2015) was created. When filmmakers create high school comedies about teenage female self-empowerment and sexuality, they certainly don’t have thirty-something, male, university ethics instructors in mind. At least, I can’t imagine they do. But I do indeed […]

Hammer

Hammer

| June 6, 2015

Some posters for 1972’s Hammer declare “Hammer is a black explosion!” as seen above. Another tagline teases us with the promise that we’ll get to see star Fred Williamson playing a character who “risks death to fight his way out of the mob!” Admittedly that first tagline is a tad overly ambiguous. It also may […]

Camp X-ray

Camp X-ray

| June 4, 2015

I tend to not like movies about the military, which isn’t to say I don’t like war movies.  War movies have a lot of action and conflict and things constantly going on, and that tends to make them pretty interesting to watch as well as visually engrossing.  Movies about the military however can be quite […]

Spy

Spy

| June 4, 2015

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is back with a new espionage comedy about an overweight support agent at the CIA (Melissa McCarthy; Bridesmaids, The Heat) forced into the field when the identities of all the top secret agents are compromised by a terrorist organization led by Rayna Boynaov (Rose Byrne; Bridesmaids).  What follows is a […]

Asmodexia

Asmodexia

| June 3, 2015

Sometimes I wonder why I volunteer to review so many horror movies.  I very rarely stumble upon a good one.  Every great horror movie I’ve ever seen is shown to me by a friend who vouches for it.  I do like the versatility of the horror genre.  There may not be many movies that are […]

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

| June 2, 2015

Humans understand time through narrative. Our ability to organize events into a logical cause/effect order allows us to view time as moving ever forward with purpose. Our penchant for narrativization doesn’t end there though. We look at the motionless image of a painting and we narrativize it. We find an old photograph of someone we’ve […]

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Spring

Spring

| June 1, 2015

I came to the attention of directors Benson and Moorhead from their first feature film, Resolution, through a friendly recommendation. “Yeah man, you’d dig it” was what my buddy just randomly spouted out, as I was discussing not having seen a worthwhile horror movie in the last few months. The film managed to both blur […]