Author Archive: Adam Mohrbacher

Adam Mohrbacher is a freelance film critic and writer who currently lives in Denver, CO.

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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 […]

Edie and Thea

Edie and Thea

| January 10, 2013

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

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

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

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

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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Everybody’s Fine

Everybody’s Fine

| October 9, 2012

At the turn of the century Robert De Niro went to sleep in regards to his professional life. Throughout the 2000’s he would slumber, drifting in this zombified state through cartoon camp, (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle), listless drama, (Hide and Seek, Men of Honor), and abrasive self-parody, (Meet the Fockers, Analyze That). However, […]

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Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb

| July 10, 2012

Cherry Bomb is a film which strives to channel the same sort of throw-back, grind-house exploitation thoroughly reveled in by the likes of Tarantino, Rodriguez, Roth and every other dork who ever raided his or her local video store for forgotten “treasures” from the 1970’s. However, while these cinephiles were able to imbue their films […]

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The FilmCraft Series: Directing

The FilmCraft Series: Directing

| June 14, 2012

The newest addition to the FilmCraft series library focuses squarely on what is perhaps the most challenging of cinematic roles: the director. However, despite the complexity of its subject matter, the esteemed Mike Goodridge is able to provide an indelible portrait of the nature of the profession through a diverse array of interviews and profiles of […]

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The Presidents

The Presidents

| April 5, 2012

Did you know that President Jimmy Carter collects arrow-heads? Were you aware that President Clinton vainly tried to resolve the 1994 Major League Baseball strike? Can you believe that George Washington was his own bookkeeper, and that his ledgers still survive today? These are some of the facts that The Presidents (available now on BluRay […]

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