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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Broadchurch came to my attention for the same reason many of our readers were no doubt drawn to it: the presence of long-time Doctor Who star, David Tennant, in the series’ lead role. Yet I soon learned the series co-starred fellow Doctor Who alum, Arthur Darvill, and was written and created by Chris Chibnall, who […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wes Anderson is perhaps best known to both his ardent fans and hateful detractors for using each of his films to create little shoebox-diorama worlds in which his characters, speaking in cadences now as familiar as those of Hal Hartley’s, deal with class issues and any number of Anderson’s other narrative preoccupations. Sometimes this is […]

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Monsters: The Complete Series

Monsters: The Complete Series

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each episode of Monsters opens with an unconventional and highly meta title sequence: from an establishing shot of the Earth on high, we pull in through the atmosphere on to a suburban neighborhood, and then move in closer still toward an average suburban home. The family residing there, we discover, is not unlike that of […]

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Deluxe Blu-ray Edition

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Surpassed in iconicity only by his title role in 1925’s The Phantom of the Opera, Lon Chaney’s performance as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was a defining moment in the actor’s prolific, but all-too-short filmic career. Renowned for his ability to transform himself entirely through the use of makeup and by altering […]

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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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