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3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

3rd Annual Portland Film Festival

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Portland Film Festival announced the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival.  The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Joe’s Mission: Impossible Ranking

Joe’s Mission: Impossible Ranking

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

I thought that instead of just doing a review of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, I’d take the opportunity to offer my opinion for how the five movies in the franchise rate against each other.  I’ve been hearing a lot of people on the podcasts I listen to rank the espionage thrillers, and I wanted a […]

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I write this, Fantastic Four has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and honestly I don’t know why it’s being so universally panned.  It’s not perfect by any means, and I’ll get to my issues with it, but the predominant criticism I keep reading is that it’s boring.  I was never bored by it.  […]

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Pixels and Why Video Game Films Suck

Pixels and Why Video Game Films Suck

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015′s Pixels is one of the biggest flops to come out of this year’s summer blockbuster season. An Adam Sandler vehicle purporting to pay tribute to the golden age of video games while making it clear that the film’s creators find them to be outdated and lame, Pixels ironically pressed all of the wrong buttons. […]

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The Look Of Silence

The Look Of Silence

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is gold in blood. 0.2 milligrams coursing through capillaries and vascular muscle, the minerals meandering in the crevices separating organs and connective tissue. If the current market value puts 1oz of gold at $1,132.30, and we were to extract and melt down the gold from our bodies, we would get $0.01, an amount valuable […]

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Ant-Man

Ant-Man

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I did something new before going to see this latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: I actually went back and read old Ant-Man comic books.  Not that I’ve been opposed to doing this before other movies, but now I have a great means of doing so: I signed up for Marvel Unlimited, which provides […]

RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

| July 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Have you ever had a plate of food placed in front of you, which looked intriguing but lacked a little flavor? Movies have been known to do the very same thing. Take for example the SYFY made-for-TV Sharknado series. On the surface, these films look like they could be a complete nightmare. But when you […]

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Jackie and Ryan

Jackie and Ryan

| July 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jackie and Ryan is a love story, well maybe a love story. But it is definitely a story of two people who find each other at vulnerable times in their lives. Jackie, played by Katherine Heigl is a former singer at a crossroads in her marriage. She has taken her daughter and left her home […]

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Dope

Dope

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dope can be defined as an illegal recreational drug; a person who isn’t too smart or, in street vernacular, something that is way past cool. In director Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout Sundance Film Fest comedy, Dope, the word takes on an entire new meaning. The geeks run everything in this movie, while they are running from […]