Author Archive: Mariusz Zubrowski

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

It took two viewings for me to appreciate We Need to Talk About Kevin, the neo-surrealist drama helmed by Lynne Ramsay. Based on a book of the same name, the film, scribed by the director alongside Rory Kinnear, explores the theme of “nature versus nurture” through the eyes of Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton), a disenchanted […]

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Chronicle

Chronicle

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Chronicle, Josh Trank’s (who’s previously worked on TV’s The Kill Point) theatrical debut, we learn that, much like how it is with young love, when high school students are confronted with superpowers, things can quickly escalate from skipping stones and playing aeronautical football to committing crimes of passion and bouts of melodrama. Yet, despite […]

The Ides of March

The Ides of March

| October 7, 2011

There’s one thing that I have tried to avoid more than death and taxes: Politics. As a young adult slowly becoming accustomed to bureaucracy, the countless sex and corruption scandals involving politicians that I’ve heard growing up has made me jaded and cynical of the system as a whole. Thankfully, there are films like The […]

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Drive

Drive

| September 17, 2011

Nicolas Winding Refn, a filmmaker from Copenhagen, Denmark, first attracted attention with the Pusher franchise. Since then, he’s been building on a cult following, progressively releasing larger motion pictures, like Bronson, which stars industry favorite, Tom Hardy. This week, Refn unveils Drive, a masterful thriller sure to introduce the director to the widest audience he’s […]

Contagion

Contagion

| September 9, 2011

Who remembers the 2009 H1N1 pandemic? It’s safe to say that most North Americans remember those couple of weeks, when the only thing on the news were follow-up reports on what scientists had discovered about the flu strain. I recall schools and workplaces being packed with usually resilient New Yorkers. Each and every one wore […]

Final Destination 5

Final Destination 5

| August 12, 2011

Never has a movie reminded me of both my immaturity and mortality as effortlessly as Steven Quale’s Final Destination 5, yet another addition in the horror franchise. How, you may ask? For one, the nuanced death sequences were more than enough to show me that wherever I go, there’s a thousand ways to die. And […]

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Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens

| August 5, 2011

I love genre-mashing. I adore it especially if it’s something being meshed with a Western. Now imagine my glee when Cowboys & Aliens was announced. Then it came out that Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, and Paul Dano were all slated to star, under the helm of Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, […]

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

| August 5, 2011

As James Marsh’s underappreciated documentary, Project Nim, has shown, chimps are much like Americans: They’re as cute as babies but grow up to be large, intimidating creatures. But unlike us lazy statesmen, who’d much rather conquer a bag of potato chips and the living room couch, our hairier ancestors are more concerned with becoming the […]

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30 Minutes or Less

30 Minutes or Less

| July 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

In 2003, Brian Douglas Wells, a high school dropout, pizza deliveryman, and “valued employee” of the Mama Mia Pizzeria, was double-crossed by Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Kenneth Barnes, his co-conspirators in a botched robbery plot. On the afternoon of August 28th, at the end of a dirt road, the crooks fastened a time bomb to Wells’ […]

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

| July 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Anyone who has gone to high school in the U.S. remembers those lectures about the American Dream, but never has someone mentioned Captain America, a man who epitomizes it. Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941, Captain America became the comic-book world’s most nationalistic superhero. And though the serial was meant as a […]

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