Film

Flight 7500

Flight 7500

| April 19, 2016

When the number of previews before the movie starts rivals the number of minutes in the actual movie? You’ve got a problem. When your previews are actively more engaging and horrifying than the horror movie in question? That can’t be good. Unfortunately, these are just the issues that Flight 7500 encounters before taking off. The […]

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Green Room

Green Room

| April 19, 2016

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room manages to encapsulate the emotion and ferocity of hardcore punk music and imbue it into cinematic form; it’s loud, aggressive, exciting and then its over. At a mere 94 minutes, Saulnier’s thriller packs a powerful punch and is easily one of my favorite cinematic experiences of 2016. Pat (Anton Yelchin) is […]

Tribeca Film Festival 2016: The Phenom

Tribeca Film Festival 2016: The Phenom

| April 18, 2016

Take the psychological tension and pressure of Whiplash, the therapist-patient dynamic of Good Will Hunting and the real world, small town sensibility of Friday Night Lights and set them on a pitcher’s mound, and you have a pretty solid impression of The Phenom. Premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, this indie American sports drama […]

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The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

| April 15, 2016

Occasionally a film comes along that feels almost like a parody of itself or its genre, and it takes a little digging to figure out if that is indeed the case. Take The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, for example. It’s an adaptation of a popular French novel that has previously […]

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2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

2016 Tribeca Film Festival presents Mother (Ema)

| April 14, 2016

Mother (Ema) by Kadri Kõusaar is a darkly comic, crime mystery set in small-town Estonia, and it centers on Elsa, the full time caretaker of her comatose son, Lauri, and the locals, who are abuzz with rumors about who shot Lauri and why. But in this tight-knit town, where everyone seems to know everyone and everything […]

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Identicals

Identicals

| April 13, 2016

I think that people who write sci-fi are smarter than the rest of us in a few key ways.  They have a real capacity for keeping entire worlds in their head all at once, with an incredible attention to detail concerning how these fictional worlds work and how the characters therein interact with each other.  […]

Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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Bride of Re-Animator

Bride of Re-Animator

| April 12, 2016

It’s about damn time someone gave Bride of Re-Animator (1989) the Blu-ray release it deserves! And with this release produced by Arrow Video US, we find ourselves with an HD Limited Edition release which easily trumps that of the original Re-Animator (1985) on Blu-ray. And Arrow’s transfers of both the Unrated and R-Rated versions of […]

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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli

Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli

| April 8, 2016

Giallo, that peculiarly Italian strain of mystery and horror that flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity among cult films fans over the last decade. DVD helped bring many of the best of these films to audiences in the States who may have never had a chance to see […]

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Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

| April 7, 2016

In James Baldwin’s book The Devil Finds Work, the author states, “It is said that the camera cannot lie, but rarely do we allow it to do anything else, since the camera sees what you point it at: the camera sees what you want it to see. The language of the camera is the language […]

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