Archive for January, 2017

Vice Principals: Season 1

Vice Principals: Season 1

| January 31, 2017

When I watched the first episode of Vice Principals, I considered just stopping and basing my rather scathing review on that alone.  Thankfully, I didn’t. The series is about two Vice Principals at a high school somewhere in a nameless southwestern town (my best guess).  Neal Gamby (Danny McBride; Eastbound & Down) is a hard-nosed, […]

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Masterminds

Masterminds

| January 31, 2017

Based (loosely, I imagine) on a true story about an armored car robbery in 1997, Masterminds tells the story of David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis; The Hangover), who decides to rob the armored car company he works with after the woman he has a crush on, Kelly (Kristen Wiig; The Martian), suggests it.  Kelly’s motives are […]

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Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

| January 29, 2017

While many cinephiles lament the state of home video here in the U.S., things still bode well for obtaining a wealth of content on both Blu-Ray and DVD. From art house, to cult films,classics and world cinema, a variety of distributors have managed to inject life into the dying physical medium. When Arrow Video had […]

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Bones: Season 11

Bones: Season 11

| January 25, 2017

I used to watch Bones in its first season.  Being a fan of David Boreanaz on Angel and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, I wanted to see what else he could do and his role here as Booth, a charming FBI agent was a nice contrast to the brooding, tormented vampire Angel, while not being as […]

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Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

| January 24, 2017

For some ungodly reason, I had never laid eyes upon Takashi Miike’s first films which make up the Black Society Trilogy until this past week. Sure, I’ve made it a point to see early films like Audition and Ichi the Killer and I’ve even kept up with his career to his much larger commercial films […]

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The Passing Season

The Passing Season

| January 23, 2017

The Passing Season is barely a feature-length film about a hockey player, Sam (Brian J. Smith; Sense 8), who gets suddenly cut from his team with no prospects of a trade or ever playing again.  So, he decides to leave Boston to move back to his home town and hang out with some friends while […]

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The Free World

The Free World

| January 17, 2017

How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. […]

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Long Way North

Long Way North

| January 16, 2017

Sasha’s grandfather was a Russian explorer looking for a new route to the North Pole when his ship went missing and he was presumed dead.  After losing her grandfather, Sasha slipped into the contented life that being the daughter of Russian aristocrats necessitates.  She attended balls, danced with princes, and tried to suppress anything bold […]

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Joe’s Best Films of 2016

Joe’s Best Films of 2016

| January 13, 2017

Until recently, I had considered doing something a little different with my list for this year.  For the past two years, I’ve tracked all new movies I’ve seen on twitter with a brief review, so I know every new movie I saw in 2016 and thought it might be interesting to do a list of […]

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My King

My King

| January 11, 2017

No story is potentially more predictable than the romantic drama. Well, scratch that, there are stories about dogs. In both cases, you usually know what to expect. Both narratives are almost always marked by pathos, and, more than likely, they both don’t end well. In the French film, My King (now on DVD), starring Emmanuelle […]