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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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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The Woman

The Woman

| January 24, 2012

The 2011 film, The Woman (written and directed by Lucky McKee and now available on DVD and BluRay) bares a title that is little more than an unassuming facade -one that is entirely unrevealing of the perverse and occasionally bloodthirsty content that lies within. So, what is the film about? Well, essentially the film’s focus […]

Best Films of 2011

Best Films of 2011

| January 15, 2012

1. The Tree of Life Terrence Malick’s metaphysical and seemingly autobiographical cosmology, which juxtaposes the origins of the universe with the physical and emotional development of a young boy growing up in a small Texas community, stands as the greatest cinematic achievement of the year –towering over all other films with its thematic complexity and […]

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