Film

Blush

Blush

| February 8, 2017

From all appearances, Blush would seem to be a coming of age lesbian drama about two Jewish high school girls, Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) and Dana (Jade Sakori), exploring their sexuality along with drugs, alcohol, and the Tel Aviv night life.  Actually, I found all of this to be secondary to the main story line […]

Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark

| February 7, 2017

Adapted from the DC Comics’ series of the same name, Justice League Dark (2017) marks the 27th installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and is but the second of these to find itself released with an R rating. So don’t let the fact that it’s animated fool you, this one is not for […]

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Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts

| February 7, 2017

Politics is again driving culture in a way unseen in a decade. If not longer. The US has once more elected a perceived outsider to the Presidency. How did he do it? By appealing to the hearts and minds with the promise of change. In 2008, Barack Obama explicitly promised “change.” Now Donald Trump achieved […]

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Masterminds

Masterminds

| January 31, 2017

Based (loosely, I imagine) on a true story about an armored car robbery in 1997, Masterminds tells the story of David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis; The Hangover), who decides to rob the armored car company he works with after the woman he has a crush on, Kelly (Kristen Wiig; The Martian), suggests it.  Kelly’s motives are […]

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Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

| January 29, 2017

While many cinephiles lament the state of home video here in the U.S., things still bode well for obtaining a wealth of content on both Blu-Ray and DVD. From art house, to cult films,classics and world cinema, a variety of distributors have managed to inject life into the dying physical medium. When Arrow Video had […]

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Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

Takashi Miike’s Black Triad Society Trilogy

| January 24, 2017

For some ungodly reason, I had never laid eyes upon Takashi Miike’s first films which make up the Black Society Trilogy until this past week. Sure, I’ve made it a point to see early films like Audition and Ichi the Killer and I’ve even kept up with his career to his much larger commercial films […]

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The Passing Season

The Passing Season

| January 23, 2017

The Passing Season is barely a feature-length film about a hockey player, Sam (Brian J. Smith; Sense 8), who gets suddenly cut from his team with no prospects of a trade or ever playing again.  So, he decides to leave Boston to move back to his home town and hang out with some friends while […]

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The Free World

The Free World

| January 17, 2017

How hard would you fight to be free? After spending two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Mo (Boyd Holbrook) struggles to put his past behind him as he readjusts to a new life working in an animal shelter. Doris (Elisabeth Moss) is trapped in another sort of prison: an abusive marriage. […]

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Long Way North

Long Way North

| January 16, 2017

Sasha’s grandfather was a Russian explorer looking for a new route to the North Pole when his ship went missing and he was presumed dead.  After losing her grandfather, Sasha slipped into the contented life that being the daughter of Russian aristocrats necessitates.  She attended balls, danced with princes, and tried to suppress anything bold […]

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My King

My King

| January 11, 2017

No story is potentially more predictable than the romantic drama. Well, scratch that, there are stories about dogs. In both cases, you usually know what to expect. Both narratives are almost always marked by pathos, and, more than likely, they both don’t end well. In the French film, My King (now on DVD), starring Emmanuelle […]