Author Archive: Jessica Machen

Jessica is a writer and screenwriter living in the Chicagoland area. Having graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a Bachelor's in Film/Video Screenwriting, Jessica's goal is to have an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay by the 100th annual awards.

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The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman (2014)

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ladies, grab your girls and get to the theater to see The Other Woman.  This is a must see for all women as it demonstrates how we should treat each other.  Women need to be respectful of one another regardless if they’ve met or not.  In the case of this film, it’s shown both ways. […]

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Draft Day

Draft Day

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first saw the trailer for the film Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, I was less than enthused.  Although I love the NFL and am a hardcore Chicago Bears fan, I have never watched, nor have I ever had any interest in, the NFL draft.  I wasn’t […]

The Last Day on Mars (2013)

The Last Day on Mars (2013)

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

What starts out slow, quickly gains momentum in Ruairí Robinson’s film The Last Days on Mars.  A seven man crew is making their final preperations to return back to Earth after the first ever manned mission to Mars.  When two of the crew go out on their own for a private mission of their own, […]

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Bible Secrets Revealed

Bible Secrets Revealed

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Bible is by far the most popular book of all time.  There are several different versions of the Bible and Lionsgate brings you a History Channel six hour mini-series, Bible Secrets Revealed, to explore the mysteries behind the great book. Some of the questions the episodes address are: “Is the Bible history or myth?” […]

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Richard the Lionheart (2013)

Richard the Lionheart (2013)

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first heard about Richard the Lionheart, directed by Stefano Milla and written by Gero Giglio, I had high hopes that it would be a strong, well made film.  Unfortunately, what I wound up with was disappointment.  However, I do believe there are those that would find the film enjoyable, still. Several things threw me […]

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More Than Honey

More Than Honey

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you heard the buzz?  The weather gets warmer, the days get longer and then they come.  The bees seem to be all around you–or so it seems.   Over the years,  even I have noticed that there seems to be less and less bees.  Markus Imhoof’s documentary More Than Honey (2012) aims to find an answer […]

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Saving Santa

Saving Santa

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Christmas is a wonderful holiday, although many have forgotten that. It’s a time of the year when everyone should be happy and friendly with one another. Children should be writing their letters to Santa Claus, eagerly awaiting Christmas morning. If you’ve lost your Christmas magic, I highly recommend taking some time to see Saving Santa (2013). […]

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Boy

Boy

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Boy (2010), by director Taika Waititi, is set in New Zealand, which is evident from the music as the opening shots unfold.  There is a lighthearted undertone to it which is perfect for this beautifully awkward comedy. A quote from E.T. The Exterrestial opens the film: “You could be happy here.  We could grow up together.” […]

Redemption

Redemption

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

When the name Jason Statham is heard, one can usually assume that a action packed film is not far behind.  With one of his newest films, however, this is not the case, unfortunately. Redemption (2013), although it has it’s moments of intense action, is more a character piece. This film is about Joey, played by Statham, an ex-special […]

Men at Lunch

Men at Lunch

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eighty one years ago, the famous photo of “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” was taken.  Today, September 20, 2013, you can see the documentary Men At Lunch (2012) at the Quad Cinema in New York and gain a deeper understanding of that famous photo. In Men At Lunch, the filmmaker, Seán Ó Cualáin, brings the audience to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Iron […]

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