Author Archive: Calhoun Kersten

Calhoun Kersten is a down-home North Carolina boy these days, mustache comb and all. Equal parts disarmingly charming and stunningly good looking, he enjoys horror films, nachos, and sharks. If you're interested in more of his depravity, please check out one of his many blogs.

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Hollywood to Dollywood

Hollywood to Dollywood

| October 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to find more fully-formed, all-around relatable and generally likeable characters than the stars of the recent documentary Hollywood to Dollywood. Maybe that’s because twin brothers Gary and Larry (I wish I was kidding) aren’t quite cut out for Hollywood. In a city that is characterized by its dreamers as much as its insincerity […]

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A Cat in Paris

A Cat in Paris

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Animation is in a sorry state when the most obvious charm of an animated film is that it is hand-drawn. However, A Cat in Paris rises above most recent animated films not just because it is hand-drawn, but the painstaking care and stylization of the film. A Cat in Paris has the warmth of a […]

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After Dusk They Come

After Dusk They Come

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

People always tell me that being a film reviewer must be a great job. It really is but, like every job, it has its up and downs. They ask me, “Well, what could be so hard about reviewing movies? I mean, you get to watch movies all the time!” Correction, folks. I have to watch […]

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Butter

Butter

| September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Every once in a while a movie so impossibly ludicrous comes along that my faith in the moviemaking industry is tested. Such is the case with the movie Butter which follows a young girl, appropriately named Destiny, as she squares off against a power-hungry hausfrau in a statewide butter-sculpting competition. How a plot like this […]

Portlandia Season Two

Portlandia Season Two

| September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Portlandia first made waves when it aired on IFC and hipsters realized they had a place to call home. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein lead their absurdist cast of guest stars in various skits and sketches that take place around the beautiful Northwestern city. VSC is bringing the acclaimed second season to blu-ray and DVD […]

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The Victim

The Victim

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Victim is the kind of movie that would be easy to dismiss. Clearly low-budget with little to no star power, it doesn’t exactly scream “must-see” from the looks of it. But much like the movie itself tells you, looks can be deceiving. What lies beneath the largely forgettable surface of The Victim’s press is […]

The Babymakers

The Babymakers

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Babymakers belongs to that rare breed of comedy where you’re not quite sure if it’s hysterical or sociopathic. Upon first glance, The Babymakers seems to be following in the footsteps of the ill-fated Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman vehicle, The Switch. Who knew that the horrors of childbearing were such a comedic gold mine? It seems […]

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Tom and Jerry Tricks & Treats

Tom and Jerry Tricks & Treats

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Warner Brothers has scoured its archives to bring audiences “22 chilling cartoons” just in time for the Halloween season. As a fan of old school animation, and an even bigger fan of Halloween, oh how I would love it if this were true. Unfortunately, it is nothing more but a clever ruse to get parents […]

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The Inbetweeners Movie

The Inbetweeners Movie

| September 4, 2012 | 1 Comments

The transition from the small screen to the silver screen is usually a rough one. Complaints of the film feeling like an elongated episode or not having enough material to warrant a film adaptation abound. Luckily, for writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, as well as director Ben Palmer, nobody can accuse The Inbetweeners Movie […]

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Mad Monster Party

Mad Monster Party

| September 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

What do you get when you invite Frankenstein’s Monster, the Invisible Man, Wolfman, and more to an island getaway? No, seriously. This isn’t the set-up for some corny joke. It’s actually the premise of Mad Monster Party. That might be the first issue with Mad Monster Party, which is making its premiere on blu-ray on […]

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