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The Master

The Master

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

You know those old 70s king fu movies where everything’s badly dubbed in English and melodramatic and they have a bunch of exaggerated sound effects for every kick, chop, and swing?  Those are fun, right?  Hilarious, but with some halfway decent fight choreography?  And the parodies practically write themselves.  The Master feels like a parody […]

Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

Three Holes and a Smoking Gun

Three Holes and a Smoking Gun

| February 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thrillers are always the hardest stories to write.  In movies, thrillers can – and should – wipe away suspension of disbelief almost entirely.  Character actions and behaviors are paramount, and if they deviate into the absurd even in the slightest, the consequences for the movie are dire.  Yes, there are exceptions: many of Hitchcock’s thrillers […]

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2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today marks the release of two new Blu-rays from Olive Films, each featuring a classic of 1960’s counterculture cinema in its own right: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels (1966) and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out (1968). Both Blu-rays, though completely bereft of special features, put the previous DVD releases of these films to shame, making their upgrade […]

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Kiss Me, Stupid

Kiss Me, Stupid

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I went into this fully expecting to hate it.  I’ve seen the movie before, as it came in a Billy Wilder box set I bought years ago.  I remember really despising the movie my first time through; hating the cartoonishly jealous husband character (Ray Walston; The Apartment) as well as the over-sexed Dean Martin parody […]

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How To Murder Your Wife

How To Murder Your Wife

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Stanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) is a comic strip writer with a popular strip about a secret agent named Bash Brannigan, which is syndicated all over the country.  He’s rich and happy and on top of the world.  That is until one night when he accidentally marries the Italian beauty pageant contestant who pops out of […]

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Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was told not to bother with Dumb and Dumber To (2014). “It’s not as good as the first,” people kept telling me. Now, I didn’t doubt them, because most sequels aren’t as good as the first installment. That’s just the usual way of things, plus it’s not like the Farrelly brothers have been at […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that good movies do not come out in February.  That being said, Fifty Shades of Grey is awful. I’ve felt a growing responsibility to see this film over the past couple of weeks.  Seeing many articles about people boycotting the film because it glamorizes domestic violence […]

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House of Last Things

House of Last Things

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the horror genre’s longest-standing stories is the “haunted house,” of which there have been hundreds if not thousands throughout film history. Like other genre standbys like vampires and zombies, it is exceptionally difficult to come up with an interesting take on the haunted house story. Recently, a number of super low-budget independent horror […]

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Addicted

Addicted

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

While the film adaptation of Zane’s best-selling erotic novel Addicted has probably been in the works for a while, it’s probably a safe bet that the announcement of the big-studio adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey helped get Addicted on the fast track to production. The movie certainly beat any other films trying to capitalize […]