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Homefront

Homefront

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Whatever you’re thinking, re-think it,” is the kind of derivative action hero one-liner that Sylvester Stallone cranks out so easily and Jason Statham delivers so assuredly in several movies, not excluding Homefront. The latest Stallone-penned action-drama stars this generation’s heir to genre’s throne—Jason Statham, and includes an impressive supporting cast, as well as a solid […]

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Film noir is the kind of genre that grabs you by throat and doesn’t let go. It can be mean and fierce (Ace in the Hole). It can have startling commentary on gender politics and malignant desire (The Little Foxes). More recent films with significant traces of noir include Prisoners and Stoker. At its best, […]

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The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

| November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gone with the Wind (1939) star Vivien Leigh’s birth, the Cohen Film Collection released this incredible collection of the star’s early, pre-Scarlett O’Hara work. The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection, which Cohen assembled in collaboration with the British Film Institute, features four pictures Leigh made in England in 1936 and 1937, […]

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Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

“‘One Man’s Courage’” It’s exciting to see an actor physically adapt for a role. Contemporary examples point to Christian Bale in Hunger and Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables. In Dallas Buyers Club, smooth tongued Matthew McConaughey slims (way) down to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. Watching the skin-and-bones performance, one begins to question the sincerity of the portrayal; is […]

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Interview with Mark Ehrenkranz, Director of New York Film Critics Series

Interview with Mark Ehrenkranz, Director of New York Film Critics Series

| November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

A few weeks back,  I was lucky enough to have a chit-chat with Mark Ehrenkranz, Director of the New York Film Critic Series. The Film Critic Series seeks to “provide the finest films and state-of-the-art experiences to patrons who don’t live in big cities. In addition to Critics series, Mark is also working on Turbulent […]

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Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood

Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was in third grade when Chris Farley died. It was a rainy Monday morning, the kind that brings only solemn thoughts to the mind. My friend walked over to me, a depressed look on his face no less, and explained to me that the funniest guy we knew died – from a drug overdose. […]

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The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Now available from Applause Books, this series of four, massive yet surprisingly affordable tomes, reprints George P. Garrett, O.B. Hardison Jr. and Jane R. Gelfman’s 1971 Film Scripts books. The series was later reprinted in 1989 and the screenplays herein have since garnered the designation of classics, an especially accurate term for these scripts featuring […]

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Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

| November 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I tried not to get my hopes up too high going into the Thor sequel, but couldn’t help but think the trailers looked really really good.  I kept telling myself that the trailers for Iron Man 3 looked great too, and that was a jokey mess.  Fortunately, The Dark World did not disappoint in any way and made for a wonderful […]

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Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kill Your Darlings (2013) is a fascinating and entertaining, but ultimately flawed film that details one of the incidents in the life of William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster, Alpha Dog) that Burroughsphiles like myself find incredibly intriguing — the murder, by nineteen year-old Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, Chronicle), of his thirty-three year-old stalker David Kammerer (Michael […]

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Devil in My Ride makes its Midwest Premiere on Nov. 30th

Devil in My Ride makes its Midwest Premiere on Nov. 30th

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret. We here at FilmMonthly love co-writer/director Gary Michael Schultz’s debut feature, Devil in My Ride. Just check out Jason Coffman’s glowing review of Devil from earlier this month! The film premiered at Shriekfest 2013 and is making its way to Chicago (from where Schultz hails) for its Midwest premiere on Saturday, November […]

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