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.

rss feed

Confirmation

Confirmation

| August 5, 2016

The HBO film Confirmation, which premiered on the network last April, benefits greatly from the time of its release. Depicting the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which became a media circus when sexual harassment charges were leveled at Thomas by law professor Anita Hill, Confirmation asks provocative questions about race, gender […]

×
Born to Be Blue

Born to Be Blue

| July 29, 2016

“Hello fear. Hello death. Fuck you.” These sparse lines, uttered in the opening sequences of the bio-pic Born to Be Blue, are a perfect summation of the film’s rascally, bruised antihero. Focusing on renegade trumpet player (and renegade horn dog) Chet Baker, Born to Be Blue is a penetrating, soulful, and, at times, unconventional musical […]

×
American Ultra

American Ultra

| November 30, 2015

The cover art of the American Ultra BluRay depicts stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart walking coolly away from an apocalyptic explosion. With the fiery inferno raging behind them, they strut with a sort of casual abandon. Eisenberg has a pair of aviator sunglasses on, despite it clearly being night.  Stewart carries a shotgun, but […]

×
The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

| September 13, 2015

Now available of DVD and BluRay, The Age of Adaline is a film that feels like it should mean more. Telling the story of a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who one day mysteriously stops aging, the film is the type of high concept epic that is rarely made, (unless you’re David Fincher and you […]

×
Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea

| January 22, 2015

There are a few things that you can annually count on from the world of animation. Pixar will produce another Oscar-winner (or occasionally a Cars 2), and Dreamworks will put out Ice Age 73. However, every so often you get a work of animation that refutes the traditional paradigm. In 1993, it was The Nightmare […]

×
Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine

| June 17, 2014

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 […]

×
LFC Lingerie Fighting Championships

LFC Lingerie Fighting Championships

| April 25, 2014

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 […]

×
Strange Frame

Strange Frame

| March 19, 2013

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 […]

×
Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen

Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen

| March 12, 2013

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 […]

×
The Flat

The Flat

| March 12, 2013

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 […]