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The Visitor (1979)

The Visitor (1979)

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

To call The Visitor (1979) unique is both an enormous understatement and an outright lie. In it, director/co-writer Giulio Paradisi (who served as assistant director on Fellini’s 8 ½) cobbles together scraps of narratives from a half dozen other movies and tempers them with his own half-formed notions of proper cinematic storytelling. And in doing […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Liam Neeson is the working man’s action star.  When Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger kills a man, the weapon they use – gun, knife, steel pipe – is an extension of their bulging muscles.  Neeson’s body count is the result of craftsmanship and a strong work ethic.  Like a carpenter building his own house, only […]

Oldboy

Oldboy

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am not against remakes.  Remakes of horror movies seem to be more successful since they’re less about story and more about style (The Hills Have Eyes, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), but other genres can work when the subtext is updated for a new generation (The Manchurian Candidate).  Remakes only become a problem when […]

Game of Thrones: Season Three

Game of Thrones: Season Three

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

While every single season of Game of Thrones has been a tumultuous ride, nothing could really prepare anyone for Season 3. Interesting character development for various characters that we hated, we began to love or understand what makes them tick. The political aspects and intricacies grew deeper and the bloodshed more brutal in HBO’s fantasy […]

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Rocky: Heavyweight Collection

Rocky: Heavyweight Collection

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

For so many U.S. audiences, the (first couple) Rocky movies tap into a primal urge: the desire to rise from the gutter, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make something of yourself. It’s about the American Dream, achieving your goals against all odds, making a name for yourself and a fortune through sheer willpower […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Ubiquitous, Unassuming, and Unpredictable

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Ubiquitous, Unassuming, and Unpredictable

| February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the set of the 1999 film Magnolia, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses a scene with Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Though the scene revolves around a man dying of cancer (played by Jason Robards) with Hoffman as the caretaker, the two are like schoolyard pals, nudging and giggling with a playful enthusiasm.  What should Hoffman do […]

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Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

Interview: Crispin Glover Brings Films, Big Slide Show to Chicago

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

While perhaps best known as an actor in such films as Back to the Future, Crispin Glover is also truly interesting artist and filmmaker who uses his appearances in major-studio Hollywood films to finance his own films and artistic pursuits. Mr. Glover has directed two feature films so far, the first two in a trilogy […]

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Nostalghia

Nostalghia

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

No one makes films like Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, Andrei Rublev) did. Tarkovsky films don’t merely tell stories. Indeed, narrative coherence is the least of the later Russian filmmaker’s achievements. His films are languid, contemplative, and crafted so as to turn the viewer’s thoughts inward. More than perhaps any other filmmaker, he challenges us to consider our place […]

Joe Sanders’ Top Ten of 2013

Joe Sanders’ Top Ten of 2013

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was worried for months that putting together a top ten list for 2013 was going to be impossible.  All of the summer blockbusters were disappointing, and there wasn’t much worth watching until like, November.  Then, everything great came out at once, and it was impossible for me to see everything I wanted to.  2012 […]

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Ruben Rosario’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Ruben Rosario’s Top 10 Films of 2013

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I can honestly say that 2013 was an incredible year for cinema, in both domestic and foreign releases. From genre comedies, to heartfelt dramas, this past year not only broke records, but managed to reinvigorate my faith in cinema as a whole. While a few years ago, due to the death of celluloid in the […]

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