Film

Wicked Blood

Wicked Blood

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is there an actor with a more world-weary face than Sean Bean?  Although he was once voted the United Kingdom’s second sexiest man (behind Orlando Bloom, of all people) he has the aged features of a man who has seen several lifetimes, no doubt as the result of being killed in nearly every film he’s […]

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The Visitor (1979)

The Visitor (1979)

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

To call The Visitor (1979) unique is both an enormous understatement and an outright lie. In it, director/co-writer Giulio Paradisi (who served as assistant director on Fellini’s 8 ½) cobbles together scraps of narratives from a half dozen other movies and tempers them with his own half-formed notions of proper cinematic storytelling. And in doing […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Liam Neeson is the working man’s action star.  When Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger kills a man, the weapon they use – gun, knife, steel pipe – is an extension of their bulging muscles.  Neeson’s body count is the result of craftsmanship and a strong work ethic.  Like a carpenter building his own house, only […]

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kamisama Kiss is an anime that is uplifting and joyful to watch. The characters make you smile and the conflicts, although surrounded by light-hearted banter manage to have major consequences within the world. A romantic comedy on the surface, Kamisama Kiss also has elementsof a coming of age story as well as a wonderful, slightly […]

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Pompeii: The Doomed City

Pompeii: The Doomed City

| March 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pompeii: The Doomed City is a three HISTORY episode collection looking at one of the worst natural disasters in Italian history; the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its subsequent destruction of Pompeii, the neighboring town of Herculaneum as well as the surrounding villas. There are three HISTORY documentaries, Digging for the Truth: Pompeii Secrets […]

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Oldboy

Oldboy

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am not against remakes.  Remakes of horror movies seem to be more successful since they’re less about story and more about style (The Hills Have Eyes, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), but other genres can work when the subtext is updated for a new generation (The Manchurian Candidate).  Remakes only become a problem when […]

Lesson Before Love

Lesson Before Love

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lesson Before Love is a new movie from Breaking Glass Films that explores love, as four aspiring African-American professionals meet under weird circumstances that might have signaled love between the four of them, but love only seemed to catch fire with two of them. But within all four lives, Derick, Alexis, Cullen and Janae all […]

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The 300 Spartans

The 300 Spartans

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

I freely admit that Zack Snyder/Frank Miller’s historically-inaccurate, LGBT-insensitive (yet supremely homoerotic), machismo bullshit, green screen nightmare 300 (2006) is entirely lost on me. Its characters are thin or, where fleshed out, are so rooted in stereotypes and broadly drawn that bonding with them as viewers ought to proves nearly impossible. It doesn’t help either […]

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Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anyone with even a slight interest in the eruption of blues, funk and rock that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s will enjoy the documentary film Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier. It’s a phenomenal piece of music history that tells a story many may not be familiar with. That’s the […]

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Twice Born

Twice Born

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Life. It is a journey filled with beauty and pain that is easy to romanticize through distant memories. Gemma, an Italian professor, returns to Sarajevo at the invitation of her old friend Gojco. It was the town where she met her child’s father, Diego, an American photographer. The journey turns out to be more than […]