Tag: drugs

The Trip

The Trip

| March 22, 2016

Easy Rider (1969) would easily top most people’s lists of the most significant films about the countercultural drug scene of the 1960’s. Less talked about than Easy Rider, though, but no doubt every bit as important the film’s precursors: Roger Corman’s biker drama, The Wild Angels (1966), and the focus of this review, The Trip […]

Slow Learners

Slow Learners

| December 18, 2015

Best friends Jeff (Adam Pally; Happy Endings) and Annie (Sarah Burns; I Love You, Man) haven’t been having a lot of luck when it comes to love lately.  Not ones to cynically blame others for their misfortune, the pair are forced to look within to answer the question of why they’re such losers, and then […]

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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 […]

Chain of Command

Chain of Command

| September 21, 2015

I recently started listening to a fun new podcast called The Black List Table Reads.  The blacklist is an annual list of promising screenplays in Hollywood that have not been produced.  The podcast takes scripts from this list and produces them as radio plays complete with professional actors (Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer), score, and sound […]

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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 […]

Dope

Dope

| June 27, 2015

Dope can be defined as an illegal recreational drug; a person who isn’t too smart or, in street vernacular, something that is way past cool. In director Rick Famuyiwa’s breakout Sundance Film Fest comedy, Dope, the word takes on an entire new meaning. The geeks run everything in this movie, while they are running from […]

Me Without You

Me Without You

| June 19, 2015

The first thing that occurred to me when I started watching Me Without You was that Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) is still looking really young, passing no problem for a high school student in the beginning of the film.  Turns out this movie was made in 2001, so that makes sense, but I […]

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The Master

The Master

| February 22, 2015

You know those old 70s king fu movies where everything’s badly dubbed in English and melodramatic and they have a bunch of exaggerated sound effects for every kick, chop, and swing?  Those are fun, right?  Hilarious, but with some halfway decent fight choreography?  And the parodies practically write themselves.  The Master feels like a parody […]

Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

| February 18, 2015

Today marks the release of two new Blu-rays from Olive Films, each featuring a classic of 1960’s counterculture cinema in its own right: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels (1966) and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out (1968). Both Blu-rays, though completely bereft of special features, put the previous DVD releases of these films to shame, making their upgrade […]

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