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The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Life Itself (2014) is a documentary about the late and great film critic Roger Ebert.  Rather than focusing on his life, as its title implies it will, the film focuses on his death.  It opens with footage of Ebert in the midst of his last battle in the war against cancer.  Steve James, the director of Life […]

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Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The neo-giallo has become a popular style among independent filmmakers over the last few years. The relative success rate for these films has been all over the place, which also reflects where the films are coming from: Italy, France, Spain, Australia, America, etc. Now we can add Argentina to the list of countries contributing films […]

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Night Moves

Night Moves

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The late director Robert Altman had a notorious aversion to story.  He believed story and plot were a distraction to the study of simple human behavior.  Kelly Reichardt approaches her films much the same way, focusing less on story – or even character – and more on how certain types of people behave in a […]

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The Double

The Double

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Richard Ayoade’s debut feature film Submarine may have only had a brief theatrical run in the States, but it made quite an impression on those who saw it. While many critics dismissed the film as being too similar to the work of Wes Anderson, Submarine in fact deftly implemented its Anderson influence with enough charm […]

Young and Beautiful

Young and Beautiful

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before turning 17, Isabelle (Marine Vacth) makes a decision to lose her virginity to the German boy she’s had a crush on all summer.  The experience is predictably disappointing and Isabelle goes on with her life until an older man offers to pay her for sex.  Isabelle immediately dismisses the idea, but can’t stop thinking […]

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Blood Glacier

Blood Glacier

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

IFC’s attempt to make a Syfy original movie goes better than expected with Blood Glacier.  The story is about a group of scientists stationed at a remote research compound when they discover a single-celled organism that infects more complicated hosts and combines their DNA with others to make super-violent hybrids.  The premise is a lot […]

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Moebius

Moebius

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most well-known South Korean directors in the world, thanks largely to his willingness to embrace controversy by depicting extremes of human behavior. Some of his past films have drawn attention for being difficult to watch for various reasons (including brutal depictions of violence and uncomfortable sexual themes), earning him […]

The Sacrament

The Sacrament

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ti West’s latest venture, The Sacrament tells the story of three young men; Sam (AJ Bowen), Jake (Joe Swanberg), and Patrick (Kentucker Audley), who travel to a secluded commune, in the hopes of documenting Patrick’s reunion with his estranged sister, Caroline (Amy Seimetz). However, as they discover by the end of their trip, everything is […]

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The Auction

The Auction

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Auction is yet another nice movie from Film Movement that shows the despair of a father who is trying to look out for his two daughters, even though he seems to have been long estranged from them. He and his wife have been divorced for decades and one daughter, on her rare visit to […]

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Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest Blu-ray releases from Flicker Alley easily rank among the best releases to hit the market from any distributor in 2014 to date. An incredible pair of collections, Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies and The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One celebrate two of cinema’s most iconic early funnymen with a combined 62 films ranging from silents […]

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