Film

The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My Mother

| March 7, 2017

The striking visuals and alienating atmosphere of The Eyes of My Mother is something that I will take with me until I die. It will be a lingering haunt that will creep up when I least expect it. It will ruin intimate moments with loved ones, family gatherings at birthday parties… possibly the birth of my […]

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Devil in the Dark

Devil in the Dark

| March 6, 2017

Since the advent of cheap camera drone technology over the last few years, more and more films have succumbed to the temptation of far too many gratuitous drone shots. There’s no question that good drone footage can enhance a film’s production value, but it’s easy for a filmmaker excited for this new toy to overuse […]

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The C Word

The C Word

| March 6, 2017

In a time where one in every two people in the United States will become diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, a documentary like The C Word is both a helpful and informative journey to show how to actively prevent cancer, as well as how this epidemic came to be (and yes, that statistic is correct […]

Don’t Kill It

Don’t Kill It

| March 3, 2017

Since the inception of the motion picture, the horror genre has been a major player in the industry. George Melies introduced his horror short House of the Devil in 1896. Over the last 111 years, every possible idea for horror seems to have been exhausted. The trick is how to breathe life into stories and […]

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Get Out

Get Out

| February 27, 2017

Jordan Peele’s Get Out tackles the myth of a post-racial America head-on. Unlike so many horror movies, Peele chooses to have his social commentary sit out in the open, where his audience has no choice but to interact with it. And unlike so many recent horror movies, Get Out offers very little in the way […]

Psychomania

Psychomania

| February 22, 2017

Biker gang movies of the 60s and 70s tended to depict groups of motorcycle enthusiasts as violent hedonists whose hard-livin’ ways were frequently at odds with The Establishment. There were some notable variations on the basic formula set forth in Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels in 1966: The Pink Angels (1972) followed a group of […]

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol (Betty, L’Enfer and The Swindle)

3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol (Betty, L’Enfer and The Swindle)

| February 21, 2017

While I love many film distributors that release wonderful editions in the home video market, Cohen Media Group has a real place in my heart. While their editions of releases do not contain as many materials as a Criterion Collection release, they still manage put together wonderful film collections from brilliant filmmakers from around the […]

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Blush

Blush

| February 8, 2017

From all appearances, Blush would seem to be a coming of age lesbian drama about two Jewish high school girls, Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) and Dana (Jade Sakori), exploring their sexuality along with drugs, alcohol, and the Tel Aviv night life.  Actually, I found all of this to be secondary to the main story line […]

Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark

| February 7, 2017

Adapted from the DC Comics’ series of the same name, Justice League Dark (2017) marks the 27th installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and is but the second of these to find itself released with an R rating. So don’t let the fact that it’s animated fool you, this one is not for […]

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Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts

| February 7, 2017

Politics is again driving culture in a way unseen in a decade. If not longer. The US has once more elected a perceived outsider to the Presidency. How did he do it? By appealing to the hearts and minds with the promise of change. In 2008, Barack Obama explicitly promised “change.” Now Donald Trump achieved […]

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