Tag: drama

Everest

Everest

| January 9, 2016

Climbing Mount Everest has evolved from a rare endeavor for those bold enough to attempt it to a commercial enterprise where anyone with enough money and guts can hire a guide to help them get to the summit.  In 1996, a record number of people all attempted to get to the top at the same […]

The Gambler

The Gambler

| January 8, 2016

They say the house always wins.  Vincentas (Vytoutus Kaniusonis) knows this firsthand as he’s managed to accumulate a hefty gambling debt at the race track.  Being beaten by debt collectors and constantly falling deeper and deeper into debt might be enough to motivate anyone to turn things around and realize that gambling is not a […]

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The Maneater

The Maneater

| January 4, 2016

At first, this one reminded me of a Shakespearean story.  Jez (Mylene Jampanoi) and her occasional lover Erika (Mathilde Bisson) make a wager that Jez can’t successfully seduce a local priest, David (Marc Ruchmann), who recently performed her father’s funeral service.  It’s a good setup with some interesting characters, and the struggle David faces between […]

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War Pigs

War Pigs

| December 1, 2015

Merry Dolphmas everybody! So, you say you’re not familiar with Dolphmas? Much like Christmas, Dolphmas isn’t just a holiday, it’s a state of mind. Dolphmas can be celebrated year round. This December, the world is lucky enough to be graced with a Dolph Lundgren home media release. That release is War Pigs. War Pigs is […]

Amy

Amy

| December 1, 2015

The storied life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been the stuff of legend, hyperbole, tragedy, and ongoing interest ever since her untimely death in 2011 at the age of twenty-seven. In the years since, her style—both musically as well as aesthetically—has placed her firmly in the realm of cultural icons of the 21st century. Her […]

Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind

| November 30, 2015

When Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn; Slow West) meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds; The Captive) at a poker table, it seems meant to be.  The two quickly form a bond through mutual admiration, and Gerry becomes convinced that Curtis is a good luck charm.  Since Gerry is a gambling addict, owing money all over town, he likes to […]

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Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

| November 30, 2015

A young prostitute is dead in Bangkok and her father (Dustin Nguyen; 21 Jump Street), a former military operative, is determined to find out what happened to her.  Standing in his way is a variety of crime lords and slum bags, the most dangerous of whom being Steven (Scott Adkins), a powerful and ruthless drug […]

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Dangerous Game

Dangerous Game

| November 16, 2015

There are genres of film I just don’t enjoy.  Movies about making movies is definitely one of them.  Of course, there are exceptions (Adaptation., State and Main, Ed Wood), but as a rule I find these types of stories to be incredibly low stakes and thus uninteresting.  Dangerous Game is definitely one of these low-stakes […]

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The End of The Tour

The End of The Tour

| November 6, 2015

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now, pretty much since they started filming in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is only about an hour from where I live.  I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, or his critically acclaimed mammoth novel Infinite Jest.  I don’t care about Rolling Stone magazine, and as […]

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The Deadly Bees

The Deadly Bees

| November 6, 2015

Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) is a busy singer gearing up for a big tour when she suddenly collapses from exhaustion.  Per her doctor’s orders, she escapes to a small island community for a week of relaxation, staying with a middle-aged bee keeper (Guy Doleman) and his wife (Catherine Finn).  Things get terrifying when a swarm […]

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