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White God

White God

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

An army of dogs terrorizes the streets of Budapest, shredding people’s belongings and tearing out throats. Functioning as an organized military unit, the dogs overcome any obstacle in their path, including the combined efforts of local law enforcement. They seek not food, nor freedom. Their motives are not blindly instinctual. They seemingly want one thing […]

Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

Alain Resnais’ Love Unto Death & Life is a Bed of Roses

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

With an incredible body of work and having a tremendous impact on French cinema as a whole, Alain Resnais has very few of his films released on Blu-Ray. While Criterion has the essentials, like Last Year at Marienbad and the recently released Hiroshima mon amour, very few films of his are available, until now. Leave […]

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The Lazarus Effect

The Lazarus Effect

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mainstream American studio horror is in a bit of a slump. Other than the divisive Insidious films, the only established modern franchise that’s still a going concern is the Paranormal Activity series (and that’s slated to end with its upcoming fifth installment). Meanwhile, the studios keep pumping out cheap “found footage” horrors in hopes of […]

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Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

The tagline for Goodbye to All That reads “A modern divorce story.” Whatever that means. In this case it means a story about the awkward and eclectic sexual encounters of a newly-divorced father who was oblivious to the demise of his own marriage. Written and directed by Angus MacLachlan, the writer of the 2005 Junebug, […]

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Dark by Noon

Dark by Noon

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s a type of movie that I have a particular affinity for, it’s time travel movies.  There’s something about that genre of sci-fi that is fascinating to me, and has been since I was a kid watching the Back to the Future trilogy.  I like thinking about what’s possible when a time machine is […]

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Fire Birds

Fire Birds

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The best of the best pilots in the world are called upon to take out America’s enemies.  No, we’re not talking about Top Gun, but rather the 1990 action movie Fire Birds.  The primary difference between the two?  In Top Gun they fly jets, and in Fire Birds they fly helicopters.  Granted, I haven’t seen […]

King of the Gypsies

King of the Gypsies

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Writing for Filmmonthly is always interesting.  I’ve seen so many movies that I otherwise may not have ever heard of.  Now, a lost 70s classic in the style of The Godfather comes across my doorstep and while it may not be the best film I’ve ever seen, I feel like I’m better off seeing this […]

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Ex Machina

Ex Machina

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some say film as an artform is dead. I’ve heard them say it. They say the movies have gone the way of the big budget reboot/remake/popcorn flicks that populate multiplex cinemas. This is nothing new. It’s a sentiment I surmise each new generation recycles (just as so many former kids grow up to complain about […]

Street Smart

Street Smart

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pursuing a career in Hollywood is like a yo-yo. There are lots of ups and downs. Sometimes the actor gets strung along. And, there are times when you are stuck on the bottom with no hope of springing back up. Morgan Freeman best personifies this analogy. Freeman toiled in relative Hollywood obscurity for 21 years […]

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Slow West

Slow West

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve always said that Western is not my favorite genre of film.  I think what put that idea in my head is how much I hate old John Wayne movies.  I think he was a terrible actor and not convincing as a hero type, and I associated that with the entire concept of Westerns to […]