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Child 44

Child 44

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It seems that just about anything Tom Hardy pops up in these days works for me.  He can do no wrong.  Just in the last couple of years he’s made a wonderfully theatrical drama with Locke, and the awesome Mad Max: Fury Road.  It shouldn’t surprise me that his choice to do a political thriller […]

Phoenix

Phoenix

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The impermanence of identity becomes the primary focus of director Christian Petzold’s latest film Phoenix. The story takes place in Berlin in 1945 and follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish ex-nightclub singer who has survived being interned at a Nazi concentration camp. With her face disfigured from a bullet wound, Nelly undergoes reconstructive surgery, emerging […]

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

For years, two Native American tribes have lived peacefully after a war that nearly wiped them both out.  But now, the son of one of the cheifs wishes to reignite the conflict and wipe out his enemies by framing the son of their chief for desecrating a burial ground.  Armed with his deception, Wirepa (Te […]

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Barely Lethal

Barely Lethal

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Early into this movie I became convinced that it must have been written by Easy A screenwriter Bert V. Royal, who in an interview once said that he had other ideas for adaptations for classic pieces of literature set in modern day high schools.  I was so convinced that Barely Lethal was one of these […]

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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 […]