Video and DVD

Alpha Alert

Alpha Alert

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Upon returning from active duty in the middle east, three soldiers who have all experienced severe psychological trauma find themselves trapped in an elevator in Washington D.C. during a terrorist attack.  Determined to get to her missing daughter, Captain White (Jennifer Morrison; House) has to overcome her own personal demons as well as the unstable […]

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Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Oscar nominated French animated film, Ernest and Celestine, gets major points for sweetness. This delicate, uniquely drawn work is endearing, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Functioning as a rather tired paean for tolerance, the story feels thinly sketched and unsubstantial, with critical components of the film’s world possessing an arbitrary quality. Additionally, the English […]

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Almost Human

Almost Human

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Mark (Josh Ethier) mysteriously disappears in a howling white light, it takes his girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh) almost two years to move on, but the harrowing night still haunts Mark’s best friend Seth (Graham Skipper), who is plagued by dreams and visions of Mark’s violent return.  Sure enough, Mark does return, seemingly possessed by […]

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

It would appear that since World War II, the rise of production and consumerism in America created a supply and demand paradigm which gave way to degenerative capitalistic tendencies.  In short: capitalism gone awry.  The need to make a quick buck cultivated a shortsightedness of catastrophic proportions.  In fact, the catastrophe has manifested itself in […]

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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Co-writer, co-producer, and star Steve Coogan brings his beloved character back for another chapter in the ongoing saga of media personality Alan Partridge in Alan Partridge (the US title, as opposed to the original UK title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa—though it could’ve been called Alan Partridge: Siege Face).  A satire on fame, selling out, corporate […]

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The Birdcage on Blu-ray

The Birdcage on Blu-ray

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Going in to The Graduate-director Mike Nichols’ 1996 film, The Birdcage, you might expect that it’ll present you with some kind of broadly offensive, garish homosexual stereotype as star Robin Williams prances around as he does in the trailer comically shouting “Fosse, Fosse… Madonna, Madonna.” And then there’s Nathan Lane in the trailras a squealing, […]

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Visitors

Visitors

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Godfrey Reggio has made a career out of creating non-verbal films.  This is not the same as silent films, which craft a story through pantomime and text boxes.  Reggio instead edits together these feature length visual poems to try to convey a narrative to his audience.  In my opinion, whatever narrative he’s trying to create […]

Korengal

Korengal

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 1879, with War and Peace and Anna Karenina behind him, author Leo Tolstoy began suffering a spiritual and existential crisis. Like so many before and after him, he began questioning the meaning of his life and the seemingly contradictory components of existence in general. Chronicling this struggle in his book A Confession, Tolstoy wrote, […]

Robotics;Notes Pt. 2 Review

Robotics;Notes Pt. 2 Review

| June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

For its few faults, Robotics;Notes Pt. 2 presents the one thing that I care most about in anime, besides the awesome animation, character development. The second half of the latest Science Adventure series is absolutely worth anyone’s time, due to the fantastic characters contained within. After the major cliffhanger from the previous volume, where the […]

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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest action-comedy from Chinese writer/director Stephen Chow is a loose reworking of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The film tells the tale of an unshaven Buddhist monk named Xuanzhang struggling to master his humane style of demon slaying whereby he attempts to reform the monsters with nursery rhymes. In the process, […]

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