Tag: drama

Abstraction

Abstraction

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really only need one word to review this movie:  amateur.  But, since I’m required to write at least 400 words, I’ll go into a bit more detail. Everything about Abstraction feels like it was thrown together by a group of community college dropouts.  The acting, writing, directing, camera work, editing, characterization, structure, etc all […]

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Alien Rising

Alien Rising

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all the grace and skill of a Syfy Original Movie, comes Alien Rising, a hackneyed, hasty, cheap movie intended for god knows what audience.  Starring Amy Hathaway and Lance Henrickson (Aliens), this movie follows a former secret agent years after losing her beloved partner and working as a ballet instructor.  She is unexpectedly thrown […]

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne create a moving and complex portrait of everyday survival with their latest film Two Days, One Night. The story follows Sandra, played by Marion Cotillard, who has just returned to work after suffering a bout of depression.  As soon as she arrives though, management reveals they can operate with one […]

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Get On Up

Get On Up

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t overly aware of James Brown and his influence on music going into this biopic.  Of course I recognized a lot of the songs and have really have been a fan of Brown’s music for all of my life, but I never put it together that they were all the same person.  I feel […]

Kelly and Cal

Kelly and Cal

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

There aren’t many genres of film that I just flatly dislike.  It’s rare for me to like a western or a musical, but I can think of examples of each that I absolutely love.  I’m hard pressed to think of a movie about infidelity that I enjoy on any level.  Even something like Lost in […]

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Apaches

Apaches

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

There have been a rash of similar teen dramas in recent years.  These films are all about kids doing drugs, drinking, and having sex while ignoring authority and being generally awesome.  No, not awesome, the other one… lame.  Apaches has other problems other than being a generic teen drama.  The biggest issue I had watching […]

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the surface, Foxcatcher has the synopsis of a Wes Anderson movie: a socially awkward gazillionaire played by Steve Carrell employs Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo to wear vintage pastel unitards and wrestle. This eccentric narrative is coupled with one-liners and a large, glaring prosthetic nose on Carrel. Except Bennett Miller’s epic is a strict […]

Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each time I start a new season of Mad Men I’m forced to reevaluate why I keep watching the show.  I’ve been a fan of it since the very beginning, but I quickly noticed that each season starts pretty weak and then builds to a terrific climax that pulls me into the next season.  I […]

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Cannibal: A Love Story

Cannibal: A Love Story

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

One may have certain expectations when going into a movie entitled Cannibal: A Love Story.  They may anticipate a psychological thriller about a psychopath finding his humanity through a need for basic human connection.  They might expect a tongue-in-cheek farce with a lot of subtextual winks to the audience and Deschanel levels of quirkiness.  I […]

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Cold in July

Cold in July

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of years ago, there was a series of movies that came out that tried to blend genre in interesting ways and the end result was a chaotic mess.  Watching the trailers, I couldn’t figure out what the movie was trying to be or who it was trying to appeal to.  Cold in July […]

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