Tag: drama

The Salvation

The Salvation

| August 4, 2015

I volunteered to review this for one reason: Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve recently become a huge fan of the actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector on the recently cancelled NBC Drama Hannibal.  It’s a smart and dark adaptation of the original stories done in a fresh and disturbing way, and Mikkelsen is amazing in the […]

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Child 44

Child 44

| August 4, 2015

It seems that just about anything Tom Hardy pops up in these days works for me.  He can do no wrong.  Just in the last couple of years he’s made a wonderfully theatrical drama with Locke, and the awesome Mad Max: Fury Road.  It shouldn’t surprise me that his choice to do a political thriller […]

Phoenix

Phoenix

| August 4, 2015

The impermanence of identity becomes the primary focus of director Christian Petzold’s latest film Phoenix. The story takes place in Berlin in 1945 and follows Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish ex-nightclub singer who has survived being interned at a Nazi concentration camp. With her face disfigured from a bullet wound, Nelly undergoes reconstructive surgery, emerging […]

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

| August 4, 2015

For years, two Native American tribes have lived peacefully after a war that nearly wiped them both out.  But now, the son of one of the cheifs wishes to reignite the conflict and wipe out his enemies by framing the son of their chief for desecrating a burial ground.  Armed with his deception, Wirepa (Te […]

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Fire Birds

Fire Birds

| July 14, 2015

The best of the best pilots in the world are called upon to take out America’s enemies.  No, we’re not talking about Top Gun, but rather the 1990 action movie Fire Birds.  The primary difference between the two?  In Top Gun they fly jets, and in Fire Birds they fly helicopters.  Granted, I haven’t seen […]

King of the Gypsies

King of the Gypsies

| July 14, 2015

Writing for Filmmonthly is always interesting.  I’ve seen so many movies that I otherwise may not have ever heard of.  Now, a lost 70s classic in the style of The Godfather comes across my doorstep and while it may not be the best film I’ve ever seen, I feel like I’m better off seeing this […]

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Street Smart

Street Smart

| July 11, 2015

Pursuing a career in Hollywood is like a yo-yo. There are lots of ups and downs. Sometimes the actor gets strung along. And, there are times when you are stuck on the bottom with no hope of springing back up. Morgan Freeman best personifies this analogy. Freeman toiled in relative Hollywood obscurity for 21 years […]

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Slow West

Slow West

| July 11, 2015

I’ve always said that Western is not my favorite genre of film.  I think what put that idea in my head is how much I hate old John Wayne movies.  I think he was a terrible actor and not convincing as a hero type, and I associated that with the entire concept of Westerns to […]

Still

Still

| June 28, 2015

The biggest sin of this film is that it’s almost amazing.  Unfortunately, it’s not.  Still feels like a great short film that was expanded into a feature on a whim.  The story is difficult to summarize because it starts of clunky, tripping over itself as it moves from plot point to plot point.  Aidan Gillen […]

Thrashin’

Thrashin’

| June 19, 2015

I’ve been watching a lot of interesting new releases from Olive Films lately, and you can find my reviews for things like Zombies From Outer Space, and How to Murder Your Wife on this site.  Next week, Olive is releasing a new group of movies on blu-ray that might’ve never otherwise found the light of […]

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