Film

Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Oscar nominated French animated film, Ernest and Celestine, gets major points for sweetness. This delicate, uniquely drawn work is endearing, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Functioning as a rather tired paean for tolerance, the story feels thinly sketched and unsubstantial, with critical components of the film’s world possessing an arbitrary quality. Additionally, the English […]

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Almost Human

Almost Human

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Mark (Josh Ethier) mysteriously disappears in a howling white light, it takes his girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh) almost two years to move on, but the harrowing night still haunts Mark’s best friend Seth (Graham Skipper), who is plagued by dreams and visions of Mark’s violent return.  Sure enough, Mark does return, seemingly possessed by […]

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The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival is back to celebrate 12 years of consecutive work in the Windy City. To be held from June 13-19, hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by Art Mattan Productions, the festival will showcase 14 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think what I found so effective about How To Train Your Dragon was that in addition to being really fun, humorous, and a good adventure, it was thematically solid.  In the first installment of the franchise, the theme of symbiosis was incredibly powerful as we saw young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel; The is The End) […]

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

It would appear that since World War II, the rise of production and consumerism in America created a supply and demand paradigm which gave way to degenerative capitalistic tendencies.  In short: capitalism gone awry.  The need to make a quick buck cultivated a shortsightedness of catastrophic proportions.  In fact, the catastrophe has manifested itself in […]

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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Co-writer, co-producer, and star Steve Coogan brings his beloved character back for another chapter in the ongoing saga of media personality Alan Partridge in Alan Partridge (the US title, as opposed to the original UK title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa—though it could’ve been called Alan Partridge: Siege Face).  A satire on fame, selling out, corporate […]

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Noah and the Ark

Noah and the Ark

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

From what I remember learning in catechism class, the entire story of Noah’s Ark is chronicled in only four chapters of the Bible’s Book of Genesis, and its plot-line is simple: Noah, after receiving detailed instructions from Mister Almighty, builds an ark to act as a safe-house against the Great Flood for his family and […]

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The Birdcage on Blu-ray

The Birdcage on Blu-ray

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Going in to The Graduate-director Mike Nichols’ 1996 film, The Birdcage, you might expect that it’ll present you with some kind of broadly offensive, garish homosexual stereotype as star Robin Williams prances around as he does in the trailer comically shouting “Fosse, Fosse… Madonna, Madonna.” And then there’s Nathan Lane in the trailras a squealing, […]

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Visitors

Visitors

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Godfrey Reggio has made a career out of creating non-verbal films.  This is not the same as silent films, which craft a story through pantomime and text boxes.  Reggio instead edits together these feature length visual poems to try to convey a narrative to his audience.  In my opinion, whatever narrative he’s trying to create […]

Korengal

Korengal

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 1879, with War and Peace and Anna Karenina behind him, author Leo Tolstoy began suffering a spiritual and existential crisis. Like so many before and after him, he began questioning the meaning of his life and the seemingly contradictory components of existence in general. Chronicling this struggle in his book A Confession, Tolstoy wrote, […]