Film

Mojave

Mojave

| April 4, 2016

When film director Tom (Garrett Hedlund; Tron Legacy) needs a break from the stress of being on set, he heads out into the Mojave Desert to camp, hike, hunt, and relax.  Everything goes well until a mysterious stranger, Jack (Oscar Isaac; Star Wars: The Force Awakens), shows up and presents a real threat to Tom, […]

Born to be Blue

Born to be Blue

| March 31, 2016

I was cheering for jazz man and singer Chet Baker, as portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the new film Born to be Blue. Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous […]

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The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

| March 29, 2016

After watching The Hateful Eight twice now, once in the 70mm roadshow and another on home video, I feel confident enough to say that it’s not only my least favorite Quentin Tarantino film, but also one of the major cinematic disappointments of 2015. Set a few years after the American Civil War, the film follows […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

| March 28, 2016

When time allows, I do enjoy reading, and because I’m a slow reader, I have to be choosey with what I spend my time on.  I first heard about the Hunger Games trilogy through my position as a college instructor when several of my students wanted to use it as the source material for one […]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

| March 28, 2016

I basically haven’t been looking forward to this movie since it was announced.  In the wake of Zack Snyder’s (300, Watchmen) boring and deeply problematic Man of Steel, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to build their budding cinematic universe on Snyder’s vision and announced that he would not only be directing Batman v Superman, […]

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Kill Me Again

Kill Me Again

| March 24, 2016

Film noir, as a movie genre, is an acquired taste. Noir is not the most easily accessible movie genre, with its dark undertones and snappy dialogue. Even during the noir heyday of the 1940’s and 1950’s, successes were hit and miss. Yet directors for decades have been inspired to attempt to conquer the noir. The […]

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My Summer Story

My Summer Story

| March 22, 2016

Over twenty years after its initial release, watching Bob Clark’s My Summer Story—the 1994 sequel to his beloved classic A Christmas Story—is like a nostalgia trip within a nostalgia trip. It’s familiar enough to piggyback off the charms of its predecessor, but at the same time, its recreation of the world is like experiencing the […]

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Breaker! Breaker!

Breaker! Breaker!

| March 22, 2016

You don’t hear much about the 1977 Chuck Norris vehicle, Breaker! Breaker!, do you? In fact, prior to it being riffed by the guys over at Rifftrax, it’d never even entered my consciousness, which is weird because Chuck Norris is a legend. Chuck Norris’ Canon films are beloved by fans of 1980’s action films, and […]

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The Trip

The Trip

| March 22, 2016

Easy Rider (1969) would easily top most people’s lists of the most significant films about the countercultural drug scene of the 1960’s. Less talked about than Easy Rider, though, but no doubt every bit as important the film’s precursors: Roger Corman’s biker drama, The Wild Angels (1966), and the focus of this review, The Trip […]

Clean Slate

Clean Slate

| March 21, 2016

In 1994, Dana Carvey was at the peak of his popularity.  Coming off of Saturday Night Live and the two Wayne’s World movies, the genius impressionist could really do anything he wanted.  What he did was make Clean Slate, which I had never heard of until a few days ago.  I assume this is because […]

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