Film

Barefoot

Barefoot

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

I actually did not hate this film…. I didn’t love it, but I did enjoy it at such a mundane level of awareness that I was able to watch the entire thing without my innards revolting. The film’s message is a bit obtuse, though I’ve seen worse messages produced more insultingly. Most of the time […]

The Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chicago-based Olive Films has released a film that is considered one of the landmarks of American cinema, The Pawnbroker, on Blu-ray™ and DVD. The film is newly remastered and is available April 22. Directed by Academy-Award®-winner (Honorary Award 2005) Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) and released in 1964, it was the first cinematic […]

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In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

I don’t pretend to know what type of project Joss Whedon is going to take on next.  Any writer who goes from a teenage drama about slaying vampires, to a western set in outer space, to a horror parody, to the highest grossing super hero movie ever, to a low budget Shakespeare adaptation clearly defies […]

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Shatner’s World

Shatner’s World

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canadian actor William Shatner, who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, brings his critically acclaimed one man show to cinemas across the country this Thursday.  A charismatic and energetic storyteller, Shatner promises to bring his long and varied career to life through anecdotes, humor, and heartfelt moments. I […]

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The Inspector Lavardin Collection

The Inspector Lavardin Collection

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s over forty minutes into Chicken with Vinegar (Poulet au vinaigre, 1985) before Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret, The Last Metro) at last makes his cinematic debut, unceremoniously pulling into a gas station to fill up. Although sweet, charming and certainly well-intentioned, Lavardin appears, at first, somewhat pedestrian as far as fictional detectives go—hardly the sort […]

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In the Name Of

In the Name Of

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Boiling unrest is where In the Name Of, lives on the spectrum of tonality, the strife bubbling and bubbling until it spills and makes a mess. Coming from Poland, and reflective of a still fragmented, prejudiced and polarized society, the film is heavy and insightful—You can almost feel the weight of burden the characters are […]

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Mobius

Mobius

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I would have a difficult time summarizing this film, as the plot is not easy to follow.  From what I understand, a division of the French police headed by Gregory (Jean Dujardin; The Artist) is out to bring down a corrupt American businessman (Tim Roth; Lie to Me) with the help of a French financial […]

L’Immortelle

L’Immortelle

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alain Robbe-Grillet may be best known to many cinephiles as the screenwriter of Alain Resnais’s classic Last Year at Marienbad, although this is at least partially due to the fact that Robbe-Grillet’s films as director have largely been unavailable outside of Europe aside from occasional repertory screenings. Kino Classics and Redemption Films recently licensed six […]

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Draft Day

Draft Day

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first saw the trailer for the film Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, I was less than enthused.  Although I love the NFL and am a hardcore Chicago Bears fan, I have never watched, nor have I ever had any interest in, the NFL draft.  I wasn’t […]

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

The Unknown Known – Errol Morris

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Unknown Known is a ‘Rumsfeld Rule’, meaning “there are things we think we know, but turns out we do not.” The flip side of the  phrase reads “the absence of evidence does not mean the evidence of absence.” That was the maxim used to indicate “overwhelming evidence” of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. […]

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