Tag: drama

The Returned: Season 1

The Returned: Season 1

| September 13, 2015

I wasn’t looking forward to watching The Returned once I realized it was a TV series and not a movie.  Turns out I was confusing this series with another that aired last year called Resurrection on ABC.  It also turns out that I’m not alone, and the failure of Resurrection made it impossible for The […]

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The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

| September 13, 2015

Now available of DVD and BluRay, The Age of Adaline is a film that feels like it should mean more. Telling the story of a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who one day mysteriously stops aging, the film is the type of high concept epic that is rarely made, (unless you’re David Fincher and you […]

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Francesco

Francesco

| September 9, 2015

I wasn’t familiar with the story of Saint Francis of Assisi going into this movie.  I was intrigued by the cast of Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and was surprised that I’d never even heard of this movie. The story of Saint Francis is an interesting one on paper.  […]

American Heist

American Heist

| September 6, 2015

The problem with heist movies is that they’re so insanely difficult to do well.  It’s the structure.  It’s nearly impossible to structure a heist movie that feels believable while balancing the need for things to go wrong and create conflict, and the ultimate success of the caper not feeling too convenient despite those misteps.  One […]

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Hell on Wheels: Season 4

Hell on Wheels: Season 4

| August 18, 2015

This has to be one of the best series that no one is talking about.  Following the exploits of the 1860’s railroad corporation in America, Hell on Wheels is a fantastic period drama with some great performances and interesting storylines.  I keep meaning to just go back to the beginning of the series and watch […]

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

| August 11, 2015

Usually when a movie is based on a true story, you have to take that with a grain of salt.  Countless times, the people these films are based on come out and tell us all the inaccuracies.  The Blind Side and Captain Phillips stand out as a couple of recent examples of movies that took […]

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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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