Author Archive: Adam Mohrbacher

Adam Mohrbacher is a freelance film critic who has been published online with filmophilia.com, examiner.com and of course Film Monthly. He loves the work of Ryan Gosling, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Oscar nominated French animated film, Ernest and Celestine, gets major points for sweetness. This delicate, uniquely drawn work is endearing, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Functioning as a rather tired paean for tolerance, the story feels thinly sketched and unsubstantial, with critical components of the film’s world possessing an arbitrary quality. Additionally, the English […]

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LFC Lingerie Fighting Championships

LFC Lingerie Fighting Championships

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to the Internet Movie Database, LFC Lingerie Fighting Championships cost roughly $50K to produce; a paltry sum in the video and film world. Yet, when viewing the final product it is difficult to discern the motivations behind the project or not conclude that it was money poorly spent. The film (if you can call […]

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Strange Frame

Strange Frame

| March 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

Explosions of color, trippy character animation and melodramatic vocals collide in a story about love and music in the distant future. Strange Frame, by directors GB Hajim and Shelly Dotty, may make some feel like they are on the bad-side of an acid trip, with its hallucinogenic, cut-out animation style. However, the film possesses such an […]

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Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen

Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen

| March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The new book: Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen takes the prize for one of the geekiest books ever written, and this is very good thing, if you’re a Les Mis fan that is. Bursting at the seams with related memorabilia and dozens of intriguing photographs, this book serves as the perfect summation of the […]

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The Flat

The Flat

| March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The title of the this 2011 Israeli documentary refers to the Tel Aviv apartment of recently deceased, 98 year old Gerda, the grandmother of The Flat’s director, Arnon Goldfinger. The premise of the film is immediately intriguing, titillating even: One day, while clearing out the remnants of the flat, Goldfinger stumbles across evidence of his […]

Edie and Thea

Edie and Thea

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s a tale highly topical to our present day, wildly polarized political landscape. However the themes of love and adversity found in the documentary Edie and Thea are powerfully universal and sadly have been found in every prior epoch. Edie and Thea concerns the long, vibrant relationship that existed between Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. The […]

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Arbitrage

Arbitrage

| December 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

At one point in Nicholas Jarecki’s film Arbitrage, Richard Gere’s hedge fund big wig, Robert Miller, is asked if he honestly thinks money is going to solve the problems he has created for himself, to which he responds “What else is there?” The line is spoken with a beautiful air of genuine, nuanced incredulity, and […]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Edition

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Edition

| November 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nia Vardalos’ semi-autobiographical comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, took over the planet all the way back in 2002, grossing well over $350 million dollars worldwide and earning Vardalos an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. However, run-away commercial success, at least here, is not really indicative of the film’s artistic value. My Big Fat Greek […]

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Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection

Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection

| November 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Any actor with as expansive a range and as accomplished a filmography as Javier Bardem deserves a three film collection of some of his most memorable cinematic creations, and that is just what Lionsgate delivers in their new release profiling the great Spanish actor. This new collection includes three good albeit heavy films featuring Bardem, […]

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Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ella Enchanted seems to want to exist in the same world of The Princess Bride, Shrek, and Monty Python. Sadly, this Anne Hathaway vehicle from 2004, (which premieres on Blu Ray on October 16th), plays like an watered-down version of those films, and is missing their subversive edge. Oh Hathaway has pluck, and there is some chemistry between her […]

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