Film

Theory of Obscurity

Theory of Obscurity

| April 21, 2016

In the early 70s, an avant garde group of artists known as The Residents started making music and films anonymously.  They believed that with their identities secret, they would be free to produce art in its purest form, without the influences and pressures that come along with celebrity.  Over the decades, The Residents have amassed […]

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The Revenant

The Revenant

| April 20, 2016

Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for nine others, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s (who won the Oscar for best director) The Revenant proved to be one of cinema’s most highly praised, critical smashes of 2015. And it’s no wonder. The stunning, Academy Award-winning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki might draw your eye in and never let […]

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The Stuff

The Stuff

| April 19, 2016

The 1980’s were a transcendent decade for independent horror movies. Young directors with little to no experience could make cheap horror that would somehow, someway find an audience. The VCR was instrumental in helping said audience satiate their craving. If a horror movie made little to no money at the box office, it was bound […]

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

| April 19, 2016

After years of waiting for the Criterion Collection to release the Outlaw: Gangster VIP series on their label, here comes Arrow Video to the rescue.  A precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s seminal yakuza series, Battle with Honor or Humanity series, the Outlaw: Gangster VIP manages to be a major bridge between the Ninkyo-eiga (Chivalry Films) and […]

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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.  […]