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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Fidel

Fidel

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

It is a simple enough task to demonize Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. It takes a considerably more artful hand to paint him as a much more complex and nuanced human being. Such is the goal of Saul Landau’s documentary, Fidel. Through the use of archive footage, Landau attempts to uncover a side of the legend […]

Dance Moms: Season One

Dance Moms: Season One

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

It seems the dystopian future of The Hunger Games is almost a guarantee. Honestly, after watching only two episodes of Dance Moms, in which mothers, children, and coaches are pitted against one another for the enjoyment of the audience, violence for entertainment’s sake doesn’t seem too far off. But I’m getting ahead myself. The topic […]

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Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

| August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

A man trying to find peace and redemption in a violent and tumultuous time, such is the story of Solomon Kane. With the Devil on his trail, Kane tries to redeem himself as a warrior, a son, and a Puritan. With three redemptive narratives packed into a movie just short of two hours, Solomon Kane […]

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Kill List

Kill List

| August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Kill List is… what is Kill List? That’s actually not a bad question. Part hitman movie, part family drama and part horror, Kill List is the bastard lovechild of director Ben Wheatley. As the film follows Jay (Neil Maskell) and Gal (Michael Smiley) it becomes less and less clear where the film is headed, but […]

Breathless

Breathless

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Walking into Breathless, I had no idea what I was getting into. Never having fully understood the allure of Gina Gershon and being entirely unfamiliar with its other star, Kelli Giddish, I was admittedly hesitant to spend an hour and a half with them. However, Jesse Baget and Stefania Moscato’s script is filled with such […]

Foreign Letters

Foreign Letters

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Foreign Letters is Israeli-American director Ela Thier’s autobiographical love letter to adolescence and the power of friendship in a foreign land. While there are some issues with the execution, Foreign letters is unquestionably one of the most sincere filmic efforts in recent years. More than that, it is one of the most promising I’ve seen […]

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LOL

LOL

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to tell where a movie like LOL goes wrong. Adapted from a French film by the same name, the movie meanders aimlessly through the ridiculous problems of bourgie Lola (Miley Cyrus) and her “painfully hip” mom, Anne (Demi Moore), who just doesn’t get what it’s like to be a teen anymore. Director Lisa […]

ATM

ATM

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

I remember the first time I saw the trailer for ATM. The premise of three people trapped in an ATM while a deranged madman tortured them? Well, it seemed a little ludicrous. Then I saw that the writer of Buried was attached to the project. I’d seen bottle movies go wrong, like Devil but as […]

Scalene

Scalene

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Scalene is the latest directorial feat from Zack Parker. If the name sounds unfamiliar to you… well, you’re not alone. This is the first of Parker’s features that I’ve seen and I do this for a living. Sadly, for most, Scalene will be yet another Zack Parker film that will go unnoticed. Not because it […]

The Jodi Picoult Collection

The Jodi Picoult Collection

| July 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Being a film critic has its perks. I talk to some of my favorite actors and directors. I see movies for free. In short, I get to do what I love. Every so often, though, something comes along that makes me question why I do what I do. That distinct honor belongs to the Jodi […]

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