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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Hesher

Hesher

| April 28, 2011

With his shock of grease-ball hair and ostentatiously tattooed body the always malleable actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, deserves some serious props for creating a vivid character with a brutal resonance. Free from the stagnancy and stoicism that defined his Arthur in Chris Nolan’s monolithic Inception, Gordon-Levitt’s title role in Hesher allows the actor to go back […]

The Human Resources Manager

The Human Resources Manager

| March 1, 2011

Road movies are a tricky business. There are few things in life that are quite as invigorating as uprooting yourself from the common and banal circumstances of “everyday” life, making a trek out to unexplored territory, and, if you’re lucky, perhaps learning a thing or two about yourself in the process. Unfortunately, the process of […]

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Dear Mr. Gacy

Dear Mr. Gacy

| December 14, 2010

Almost 20 years have come and gone since John Wayne Gacy, one of the most infamous mass murderers to ever wreak havoc across the United States, was put to death for his grisly handwork. For the small portion of people who remain unfamiliar with Gacy’s story, the ghoulishly titled, “Killer Clown”, was convicted of a […]

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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

| November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

The new documentary film, I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, adopts its genius title from maybe the most powerful and subtextually disturbing scenes from The Godfather Part Two. In this scene Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, his eyes hollow and inhuman, stalks through a ballroom in Havana, Cuba. Coming across his ostracized older brother […]

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A Call Girl

A Call Girl

| August 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the opening of A Call Girl there is a scene which serves as an effective introduction to the titular character, while at the same time obliterating the comical stereotypes of prostitution found in Hollywood fluff fare such as Pretty Woman. Aleksandra, our young heroine, treads carefully through the plush exteriors of a downtown hotel. […]

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Sutures

Sutures

| July 16, 2010

Violence has been an integral quality of film since its inception. From the wild antics of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp to modern day meditations such as Irreversible, Fight Club, or Eastern Promises, violence has nearly always been present. Used sparsely and responsibly on-screen movie violence can carry enormous power. It has the ability to launch […]