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Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is a fascinating and entertaining, but ultimately flawed film that details one of the incidents in the life of William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster, Alpha Dog) that Burroughsphiles like myself find incredibly intriguing — the murder, by nineteen year-old Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, Chronicle), of his thirty-three year-old stalker David Kammerer (Michael […]

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Any person with a pulse couldn’t stand to sit through more than two hours of a sweeping, intense, overwhelming, gripping movie such as 12 Years a Slave and not walk out the theater, simply angry and speechless, but at the same time needing to express what you just felt even days after feeling it. Chiwetel […]

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Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The struggles between the physical and mental aspects of romantic desire are intensely deconstructed in director Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest film, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Loosely based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude, the story centers on a 15-year old girl named Adele (played by Adele Exarchopoulos) who is climbing into […]

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Columbia College Chicago alum and director known for the movie Soul Food, George Tillman was honored at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, just as his latest film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, was hitting local theaters. Another local Chicago “church girl made good” Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) plays a drug-addicted single mom prostitute in […]

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RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some movies are made with serious intentions. By that, I mean they were meant to be dramatic and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, a great number of these low budget flicks end up being unintentionally hilarious. And if anyone can take a train wreck and turn it into gold, it would be the creative genius’ behind RiffTrax. Michael […]

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Don Jon

Don Jon

| October 6, 2013 | 1 Comments

I’m a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Beyond his appearing in some of my favorite movies over the past several years (Brick, Looper) it’s a real joy to watch him interviewed because you know how sincerely he loves being an actor and entertaining people, and how aware he is of the life he’s been blessed […]

Devil in My Ride

Devil in My Ride

| October 1, 2013 | 1 Comments

While a popular route for first-time feature filmmakers, the horror comedy is an extremely difficult balancing act. Many filmmakers lean too far in one direction or the other– too much comedy and not enough scares and you risk looking goofy. Too much gore and not enough laughs can easily look mean-spirited. Many independent filmmakers try […]

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Men at Lunch

Men at Lunch

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eighty one years ago, the famous photo of “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” was taken.  Today, September 20, 2013, you can see the documentary Men At Lunch (2012) at the Quad Cinema in New York and gain a deeper understanding of that famous photo. In Men At Lunch, the filmmaker, Seán Ó Cualáin, brings the audience to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Iron […]

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Things Never Said

Things Never Said

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

So much can be said with silence. Too many words can say so little. And a few words carefully placed can say a lot. Things Never Said is a film about much more than poetry, but it has poetry at its base. The film almost feels like a poem itself.  For Kalindra Stepney, the main […]

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The World’s End

The World’s End

| August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Much has changed since the 2004 release of Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have garnished enough international fame to rub elbows with Hollywood productions, including Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tin-Tin. The duo also once again collaborated with director Edgar Wright for the laugh-riot Hot-Fuzz in 2007; they also worked with Superbad director […]

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