Archive for February, 2016

Extraction

Extraction

| February 28, 2016

When I got in my review copy of Extraction, I asked my dad if he wanted to watch it with me.  He told me that he had already tried to watch it once but turned it off after the opening scene, which is saying something because my dad will literally watch anything start to finish […]

Triple 9

Triple 9

| February 26, 2016

Like a double-edged blade, John Hillcoat’s latest film, Triple 9 manages to cut both ways. On one side, it’s a well crafted, action packed heist film. On the other side, it contains too many convoluted plot lines and crossing paths that seem to converge into a head on collision of mediocrity in its final 20 […]

My Science Project

My Science Project

| February 19, 2016

Nostalgia is a hell of a thing, and a number of home video imprints have been recently reissuing some very unexpected titles on Blu-ray to capitalize on it. This is, for the most part, an almost unmitigated good: the more obscure, oddball films that are available in physical formats, the better. Predictably, not every one […]

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Shok

Shok

| February 19, 2016

Few films have been made about the ethnic cleansing of Albanian people in Kosovo that took place in the late 90’s, and now fifteen years since those atrocities and eight years since the independence of Kosovo, the small country has garnered its first Oscar nomination with the short film “Shok.” On February 17th 1016, just weeks […]

Girls: Season Four

Girls: Season Four

| February 16, 2016

HBO’s Girls is one of those shows (and it’s probably the MOST one of those shows) that divides people, which means ALL of those people are watching it and talking about it. Minor controversy has arisen over its seasons about everything from its racially in-diverse cast to its zeitgeist ponderousness, to straight up accusations of […]

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I Knew Her Well

I Knew Her Well

| February 11, 2016

It is not uncommon for even the biggest foreign films of the past to get lost in the shuffle. Nor for American films, either. The original cut of Orson Welles’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ has sadly been forever lost. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the world is unaware of Italian director Antonio […]

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Second Coming

Second Coming

| February 11, 2016

Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, has released Second Coming, the feature film debut of British playwright Debra Tucker Green, starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall as a modern-day London couple who find themselves in the middle of a miracle, on DVD, VOD and digital purchase and rental on February 9th.  […]

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The Undesirable

The Undesirable

| February 10, 2016

A number of important films have been lost to time and the elements, due to improper storage techniques or being lost along the way. The silent era is especially rife with stories of “what if”, such as the 1927 horror-classic-in-the making London After Midnight starring Lon Chaney. The last known existing print of Midnight was […]

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Freeheld

Freeheld

| February 8, 2016

I really feel like the Supreme Court declaring that gay marriage is legal in all states recently may have taken the wind out of this film’s sails.  It’s a good story, well acted, well directed, emotionally strong, but it’s a victim of its own release date.  This story needed to either come out before the […]

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

| February 3, 2016

I was really excited to get a copy of this one to review as it was one of my favorite movies from last year.  Everyone remembers Steve Jobs as the genius who revolutionized digital content by putting an mp3 player in everyone’s pocket, but I for one didn’t know anything about his personal life, having […]