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Devil in My Ride

Devil in My Ride

| May 1, 2014 | 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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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Loitering with Intent

Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Loitering with Intent

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

They say you should write what you know. That is what writer-actors Michael Godere and Ivan Martin did with Loitering with Intent, which made its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. Having written a film with roles tailor-made for themselves, and their more famous real-life actor friends, Godere and Martin churn out a […]

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Shatner’s World

Shatner’s World

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

William Shatner walked onto a stage tonight to tell us stories from his life.  Thanks to Phatom Events, Shatner’s World was broadcast to movie theaters across the nation to allow its larger than life host to walk us through his childhood, his career as a stage actor working for the Stratford Shakespeare Company in Ontario, […]

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In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

I don’t pretend to know what type of project Joss Whedon is going to take on next.  Any writer who goes from a teenage drama about slaying vampires, to a western set in outer space, to a horror parody, to the highest grossing super hero movie ever, to a low budget Shakespeare adaptation clearly defies […]

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Shatner’s World

Shatner’s World

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canadian actor William Shatner, who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, brings his critically acclaimed one man show to cinemas across the country this Thursday.  A charismatic and energetic storyteller, Shatner promises to bring his long and varied career to life through anecdotes, humor, and heartfelt moments. I […]

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Draft Day

Draft Day

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first saw the trailer for the film Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, I was less than enthused.  Although I love the NFL and am a hardcore Chicago Bears fan, I have never watched, nor have I ever had any interest in, the NFL draft.  I wasn’t […]

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

For better or worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed the landscape of the superhero genre and has done things unlike any other film series in cinematic history. Where things began with the first Iron Man film in 2008, culminated into a epic comic book extravaganza in 2012′s The Avengers. Now, two years after The […]

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Alien Abduction

Alien Abduction

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a filmmaking technique, found footage is dead.  What once seemed like a comment a technologically obsessed, intellectually deficient generation has been transformed – aptly enough – into a shallow delivery system for cheap thrills for low-budget filmmakers.  Don’t have enough money for lights?  Low light cameras are a dime a dozen.  Production design?  Who […]

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Mitt – Greg Whiteley

Mitt – Greg Whiteley

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

As technology progresses political campaigns are increasingly filled with candid moments. Gaffes are known to hinder ambitious candidates (sometimes fatally) and forever haunt the victim. In Mitt Romney’s 2012 run, a covertly placed camera caught such a moment. Will a 90 minute documentary change voter perceptions about a politician who derided 47% of Americans as willfully […]

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