Tag: drama

As High as the Sky

As High as the Sky

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

As High as the Sky is an indie film made on a small budget by first time director Nikki Braendlin. It was shot with a mostly female cast and crew in Los Angeles in a mid-century Eichler modern home. But this doesn’t take away from the breadth of this film, which is a fantastic look […]

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Olive Films has re-issued Home of the Brave, which is a film based on a play by Arthur Laurents and recounts the story of a young, black soldier who has suffered a nervous breakdown and has developed psychosomatic paralysis. Crippled by rage and trauma, his condition was induced by experiences encountered during a reconnaissance mission, […]

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Making the Rules

Making the Rules

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hearing Martin Scorsese talk about movies is an enlightening experience.  He is a director who knows cinema.  Scorsese is not simply a cinephile (like Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino) or a technician (like Kubrick); he is not a man who collects tidbits of style, knowledge or equipment as if they were rare stamps.  Scorsese […]

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Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gimme Shelter is a fantastic movie that chronicles one young teen’s pregnancy and painful relationship with her mother, while she locates a father with whom she never had a relationship. Vanessa Hudgens stars in this heart-wrenching but inspirational drama that is available on Blu-ray April 29. Hudgens plays Agnes “Apple” Bailey, whose violent and dependent […]

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The Best Offer

The Best Offer

| April 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s difficult to summarize The Best Offer because it’s impossible to see how the separate storylines are ever going to intersect.  The film centers around Virgil (Geoffrey Rush; The King’s Speech), who is an art expert and auctioneer who appraises newly discovered pieces by famous artists, verifies their authenticity, and tells the owner how much […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Bastards

Bastards

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Claire Denis’ follow up to 2009′s White Material is a gritty film-noir about a Parisian sex ring entitled Bastards. The French title Les Saluds is certainly more poetic, but the film is anything but. As in her previous productions, Denis remains an unsympathetic provocateur. Bastards opens with Navy officer Metro leaving his ship to fix a family problem in Paris. Though […]

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Home

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

First-time director Jono Oliver brings to life a brilliant movie that covers the issue of mental health in such a soft, caring way that allows The Wire actor Gbenga Akinnagbe to shine. It is rare that a film from a first-time director receives one award but when a feature is honored with 15 substantive awards, […]