Tag: drama

The Syndicate – Series 1

The Syndicate – Series 1

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Five co-workers at the local convenience store have formed a Syndicate, which apparently is a British colloquialism for a group of people who all chip in money toward a lottery ticket.  When the group wins, and each collect nearly 4 million pounds, it understandably changes each of their lives in various ways.  Each member of […]

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

To tell a simple story in the context of a complicated issue is not necessarily the same thing as telling a reductive story. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, while at times extremely idealistic, highlights the universal dreamer and wisher that shine most especially in teenagers and young adults, with its story of friendship and […]

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Reality

Reality

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Matteo Garrone’s Gamorra was an international success – despite the Oscar snub. The dense, stoically paced Italian crime drama was attractively elusive, giving viewers something to mull over on their way out of the theater. Reality, the director’s new film, explores a much different world than Italian mafioso, while keeping his phantom touch. Reality follows Luciano, a fishmonger running a pescetaria in the […]

My Brother the Devil

My Brother the Devil

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

My Brother The Devil is a story about the relationship between two brothers of Egyptian decent set on the tough and ethnically diverse streets of Hackney in London.  Rashid (James Floyd) is the older of the two (probably just out of high school) and runs with a gang dealing drugs and performing other lower level tasks.  […]

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The Other Son (Le fils de l’autre)

The Other Son (Le fils de l’autre)

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine for a moment, that your entire identity, from a cultural and familial stand point, is erased. The person that you thought you were gets wiped away and you must find the means cope with being another human being. That is the dilemma that is the sole conflict in The Other Son (Le fils de […]

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Hemel (Heaven)

Hemel (Heaven)

| March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sacha Polak’s debut feature film, Hemel (Heaven), is an intimate portrayal of transition into femininity and the childhood attachments that people shed as they turn into adults. Divided into eight individual chapters, this sexually charged character study follows Hemel (Hannah Hoekstra), as she goes from one sexual tryst after another. The various sexual relationships that […]

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The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

In 2010, I recall standing outside in the bitter cold of Park City, Utah, hoping to  catch of glimpse of a Sundance highlight, Blue Valentine. Star-studded with two pop icons – Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams – the line was understandably lengthy, making the chance of getting rush tickets near impossible. We failed to be part of the lucky […]

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11 Flowers

11 Flowers

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Coming of age stories are nothing new, but coming of age near the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1978 makes for a great story. 11 Flowers is a story about 11-year-old Wang Han, who lived in Southeast Asia with his father, mother, and sister during the revolution. It was no doubt a memorable […]

The Master

The Master

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

At the end of World War II, Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix; Walk The Line) isn’t quite sure what to do with himself.  A couple of real world temp jobs don’t work out, but Freddie’s talent for making his own liquor soon attracts the attention of ambitious renaissance man Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman; Synecdoche, New […]

Like Someone In Love

Like Someone In Love

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The gray screen of a security camera fizzles into focus, revealing the penetrating hate-filled eyes of a young man. Muted shouts spurt from his mouth, possessed, infuriated lips staining the camera with saliva as his fists pound relentlessly at the door in front of him, the rhythmic boom now a frenzy shaking the walls as if […]

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