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Tracers

Tracers

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tracers (2015) is a film that promises a lot. To look at not just the trailer but the basic premise of the film, we’re promised a parkour heist film. Now, I’m a guy who both obsesses over heist films as an action subgenre and has spent many hours wrapped up in parkour videos on YouTube. […]

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Harlon (Nick Krause; Boyhood) has had a rough life.  At least, he thinks it’s been rough.  He has an over-domineering father (Sam Trammell; True Blood) who drinks too much and pushes Harlon and his brother to be the men he thinks they’re supposed to be.  He’s also flunking out of high school and is the […]

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RiffTrax Live: The Room

RiffTrax Live: The Room

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bad movies are a necessary evil in the world. Bad movies cause us to have a deeper appreciation of good movies. Some movies try to be quality, but fail miserably and often times hilariously. For example, the movie Birdemic. The director set out to make a serious horror film in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earth’s mightiest heroes are back for another round, trying once again to save the Earth from certain destruction.  This time, their adversary is not an alien force from a distant galaxy but instead a disturbingly terrestrial foe: an artificially intelligent robot named Ultron (James Spader; The Black List). After the events of The Avengers, our […]

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Hollywood Shuffle

Hollywood Shuffle

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A satire on the ups and downs of being a black actor in Hollywood, Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, […]

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Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Hicks had a remarkable gift of connection. Like J.D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, James Dean, and a handful of others, Hicks possessed the power to make an individual feel like they found a kindred spirit. Experiencing Hicks, one is compelled to believe that he’s speaking to you, for you, and with you, and that you […]

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Convoy

Convoy

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Were it not directed by Sam Peckinpah, I’d surely be forced to classify Convoy (1978) as a “guilty pleasure.” This film gets to me in a way no other Peckinpah picture does, simply put, because it’s fun. Straw Dogs (1971) isn’t fun. That’s all rape and murder from one end to the other, which is […]

Barquero

Barquero

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In this 1970 western, Lee Van Cleef stars as the titular barquero (or boatman) Travis, a stoic yet sleazy sort who leads a group of squatters in a cross-river standoff against a gang of murderous thugs bent on procuring Travis’ barge so they can flee from the law into Mexico. In an interesting twist on […]

Teachers

Teachers

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m really surprised I haven’t seen this movie before, or at least heard of it.  Given the cast (Nick Nolte, Judd Hirsch, Crispin Glover, Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio) it seems like this would have hit my radar at some point.  I’ll say up front that I really enjoyed it.  I’ve been watching a […]

Taken 3

Taken 3

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

I can’t say I fully understand the current cultural obsession with Liam Neeson’s action movie persona. Somehow, you put a gun in Liam Neeson’s hand and give his character some thin excuse to kill five or six dozen foreigners and people flock to the theaters. What I do understand is that the man, as an […]