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Resistance

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:13:29 PDT

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Director: Amit Gupta
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha, Michael Sheen
Year: 2011

I can't use the term "alternate history" without thinking of "alternative facts", so there goes that innocence, thanks Trump. It's ironic that both terms mean fiction when one of them is supposed to mean truth, but to avoid getting political, I'll attempt to slide past what my mind wants me to focus on and stick to the film at hand. Alternate history is an entertaining genre, re-imagining the past and reshaping it into what might have been. It's almost a form of science fiction, minus the science, or at least has a multi-dimensional feel that I enjoy, an other-worlds-than-these atmosphere that I like woven into a historic drama, which ...Read the entire review




Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Shredder

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:05:45 PDT

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It's easy to forget that TMNT is not exclusively for children. Originally created as a hyper-violent satire of then-popular comics like Daredevil almost 35 years ago, the series amassed a cult following and exploded in popularity once action figures and the Read the entire review




Drunk History: Season Four

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:17:05 PDT

Highly Recommended

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More drunken history lessons, now with bonus Hamilton

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Ridiculous stuff, comedy, the majority of the series' recreators
Likes: Derek Waters, the majority of the narrators
Dislikes: History, alcohol
Hates: Drunks

The Story So Far...
Starting life as a web series, Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner's Drunk History builds on a brilliantly simple concept: people who are drunk love to tell stories and they usually have trouble doing so. So, if you focus that idea, and have those drunks only tell historical stories, and then recreate those stories, using the actual inebriated ramblings as the dialogue and big-name comedy guest stars, you get an ingenious little se...Read the entire review




Mudbloods

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:17:05 PDT

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(image) Even to those dedicated fans of the Harry Potter series who have read every book and seen every movie, it can be tough to imagine how a magical sport like quidditch could operate in the real world without flying golden balls with wings and players soaring around on broomsticks. Some might be inclined to view it from the same perspective as they would with live-action role-playing, or LARPing, where spells and other mystical elements are "imagined" into existence. However, those who have seen this game in action know that the creators have condensed quidditch into a practical, physically taxing sport, where players cope with holding a shortened broom between their legs as a limitation or challenge instead of something fanciful. Explaining th...Read the entire review




Sabrina Down Under

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:28:18 PDT

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I have no earthly idea why this DVD is being released now, nor why I chose to review it. (If that doesn't set you up with confidence, reader, then I might need to turn in my reviewer's cap.) Sabrina Down Under is not the greatest. It feels like a made-for-TV movie, which indeed it it. Is Melissa Joan Hart nostalgia so pitched in 2017 that we need to see this lackadaisical 1999 effort? And even if it were, do we still need to see this? Do we?

Sabrina is a teenage witch, (of Archie Comics fame) portrayed with preternatural perkiness by the aforementioned Melissa Joan Hart. With little discernable reason, we find Sabrina vacationing in Australia with her English witch buddy Gwen (played with only slightly less preternatural perkiness by Tara (Strong) Charendoff). While taking in the sights and mooning over a marine biologist, Sabrina discovers a merman. Before you ca...Read the entire review




Sneakerheadz

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:29:40 PDT

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Greed, style, obsession and sneakers

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Documentaries
Likes: Learning about niches
Dislikes: Expensive sneakers
Hates: Sneaker-based crime

The Movie
I was in an elevator in Boston one night, and a guy asked me about the brown and tan low-top sneakers I was wearing.

"Nice sneakers," he said. "Where'd you get them?"

I looked down, thought for a moment, and replied. "Target."

The revelation that I was wearing mass-market Mossimos resulted in obvious disgust on the man's part, and he departed when the doors opened, while I pondered my fashion faux pas. I have never cared much about the shoes I've worn, as happy with the expensive Nikes my wife bought me shortly...Read the entire review




The Defenders: Season 1

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:07:33 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Long out of circulation, the legendary legal series The Defenders makes its belated arrival on DVD with a new Season One set from Shout! Factory. Starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-son team of defense attorneys, the show displays the intelligence and idealism of the best early television drama, even though it hit the airwaves in 1961 (technically after TV's original Golden Age).

Created by 12 Angry Men writer Reginald Rose, The Defenders is not a mystery show in the Perry Mason/Matlock mold (although season one features a few different episodes where one of the hero attorneys gets a witness on the stand ...Read the entire review




Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:14:48 PST

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Danny Garcia continues telling the history of the punks in his important, shaggy documentaries, works which might illuminate viewers on the real story behind their t-shirt heroes, or which might make viewers feel: warm, fuzzy, old, conservative, loose, irritated, or invigorated. Maybe even all of the above. Music fans of a certain bent might find this DVD inevitable, or at the very least a bonafide rental.

The titular vacation refers a little bit to a song by notorious New York junkie Johnny Thunders, and to the lightning-fast rise and fall of Sid Vicious, former scenester, one-time bass player for the Pistols, and lovesick idiot brought to ground by Nancy Spungen, the famous climber. It's a sad story, no matter how you look at it, and one already told to expert effect by Alex Cox in Sid & Nancy. (Devotees of that film, of which I am ...Read the entire review




Maximum Ride

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:28:50 PST

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Director: Jay Martin
Starring: Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Gavin Lewis
Year: 2016

Maximum Ride might very well be the worst movie I have ever seen, which is saying something, given the terrible films I have watched over the course of my critical career. Any of us who have sat through the four Sharknado flops know just how bad cinema can be, but at least there's a way to defend that franchise, at least you know they were making their movies solely for entertainment purposes, with no desire to be taken seriously in the least. After seeing Maximum Ride, you get the sense that someone worked with intention, with a purpose, with a thought that what they were creating might actually be good. Well, it i...Read the entire review




Addicted to Fresno

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:45:01 PST

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(image) Film and television fans have had more reason than ever to lament Hollywood's underutilization of the great Judy Greer, what with a number of small and sometimes thankless roles in big-budget blockbusters like Jurassic World, Tomorrowland, Ant-Man, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Another set of film and television fans have had reasons to celebrate, in seeing the renaissance of character actor Natasha Lyonne's career through "Orange is the New Black". Anyone who fits in the part of the Venn diagram where those two types of people cross over may like to know, if they don't already, that an obscure 2015 indie comedy by Jamie Babbit (director of Lyonne's LGBTQ cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader) attempts to resolve the first and support the second, by casting Greer and Lyonne as sisters working in a hotel who get wrapped up in trying to get rid of a body th...Read the entire review




Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:47:40 PST

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Director: Clement Cogitore
Starring: Jeremie Renier, Kevin Azais, Finnegan Oldfield
Year: 2015

A war drama with a religious backdrop, Neither Heaven Nor Earth is part reality, part fantasy, and completely devoted to shedding light on the fragility of the human spirit. On the surface, it's a look at the lives and fears of the modern soldier, but in its depths, it's a peek into his soul, revealing the doubts that lay so tenuously there. Director Clement Cogitore, who makes his feature-length debut with this film, uses the harsh environment of war to bring the spiritual world to life, putting the stories on top of each other in a unique fashion in order to make several points. That the movie itself can't stand completely...Read the entire review




Manson's Lost Girls

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:26:41 PST

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There have been a number of filmed depictions of Charles Manson and his followers, but the makers of "Manson's Lost Girls" have figured we could use at least one more. This one sells its uniqueness as being told from the point of view of one of the women at Manson's "family retreat" at Spahn Ranch, an abandoned Western movie set. Linda Kasabian, played here by Mackenzie Mauzy, was the only member of Manson's "family" to not serve a life sentence in prison, and "Manson's Lost Girls" tries to show her mostly as a by-stander who didn't see what would happen until it was too late.

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Made for the Lifetime cable channel, the narrative here is much more straightforward than the movie The Manson Family th...Read the entire review




The Wonder Years: Season 6

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:22:00 PST

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With the sixth and final season of "The Wonder Years" receiving its individual release officially marks the end of an era for many DVD collectors. Long anticipated but thought to be an impossibility, it's still stunning to realize Time Life was able to release the seminal series given the multitude of music rights issue surrounding it; save for a few unobtainable songs, the sixth and final season of the series arrives with little fanfare (truth be told, most fans likely snagged this as a complete series release a few years back). In the 22-episodes that make up the release, the saga of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) winds to an end, marking a journey from middle school through high school for a character who represented the average American teen of the 1960s.

A large theme running through the final season of the series is bidding farewell to old memories and embracing the unknown; the series beg...Read the entire review




Blush

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:26:39 PST

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(image) The pleasures of Michal Vinik's Blush (aka Barash) are potent but subtle, captured with a certain delicacy. Through its low-conflict, naturalistic, small-scale nature, the film will likely alienate a number of viewers who will see it as boring or lacking in substance (volume, not concept). On the flipside, there are moments of authentic teenage triumph and angst, the accuracy of which will only allow those moments to resonate fully with those who are on the film's wavelength.

Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) is a typical moody teenager. She and her friends don't appear to do much at school but watch others, and she has an uneven home life thanks to her military secretary sister Liora (Bar Ben Vakil), who has a tendency to disappear for weeks at a time. There is constant tension between her mother Michel (Irit Pashtan) and her father Gidon (Dvir Benedek), often about Liora's disappearan...Read the entire review




The Von Trapp Family - A Life Of Music

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:09:39 PST

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"The story of the von Trapp family's escape from Austria in 1938 to the United States is well known from The Sound of Music. This film tells the story of those dramatic years through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Agathe."

This text introduces The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music which is based on Agathe von Trapp's autobiographical book "Memories Before and After The Sound of Music". Those familiar with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and subsequent movie that's become a perennial favorite might be asking "Who was Agathe?" but it turns out that version of the story not only sugar-coated many details but also changed some of the names- Agathe was known as Liesl in that version. This production tries to tell the story closer to the way it really happened. It us...Read the entire review




Legend of Korra: The Complete Series

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:32:27 PST

Highly Recommended

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When Avatar the Last Airbender debuted on Nickelodeon back in 2004, it was met with near universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Thanks to its diverse cast of characters, spectacularly choregraphed battles, and exhaustive world building the series resonated with adults and children of all ages. Avatar's widespread appeal wouldn't just be limited to the small screen, having transitioned into a variety of media including comics, consul games, and even a live action movie (the less said about that the better). Though the series told a comprehensive story across three seasons, the world of Avatar was ripe for further exploration.

When the Legend of Korra premiered, it was instantly clear that while both series existed within the same universe, the tone and animation targeted a marginally mature demographic. Set 70 years after the events A...Read the entire review




Blaze And The Monster Machines: Race Into Velocityville

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:09:55 PST

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Created by Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin, Blaze and the Monster Machines is Nick Jr.'s breakout hit aimed at single-digit scamps who like trucks. And who doesn't like trucks, especially sentient ones? The story goes like this: Blaze (voiced by Nolan North of TMNT) and his blank-faced, curiously underage driver A.J. (Dusan Brown) are the best ...Read the entire review




PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:25:00 PST

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PAW Patrol is one of Nick Jr.'s most popular shows in years, packed with all the harmless action and cornball jokes that kids and most parents can't help but snicker at. Pups Save the Bunnies is the newest themed collection of PAW Patrol episodes on disc, and it doesn't really change anything about the show's formula or characters. Most episodes go like this: the six PAW Patrol canines (klutzy firefighter Marshall, aquatic expert Zuma, construction oaf ...Read the entire review




Beavis & Butt-Head: The Complete Collection

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:29:55 PST

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(image) Mike Judge has one hell of an impressive career down on paper. He's responsible for bringing the workplace hit Office Space' to the masses, and followed that up with sleeper success flicks Idiocracy, Extract, and 13 seasons of Fox's King of the Hill. The latter of which was no small feat, since that particular network has a frustrating reputation for canceling most of its best programming. I think the mentioned body of work is what Judge should be remembered for, but the masses will probably always peg him as that guy who made Beavis and Butt-head.' That's not necessarily a bad thing, either, but it's a show that tends to make people either grab their torches and pitchforks, or get whisked back to a fun youth when everyone was painfully practicing their worst mm-mm-heh' and uh-huh-huh-huh' impressions while wearing frog baseball' memorabilia. I personally fall into the latter category, and no...Read the entire review




Danny Says

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:05:54 PST

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You may not know the name Danny Fields but he has been instrumental in some of history's most impactful bands of the last half of the 20th century, signing, managing or being involved with bands like The Ramones, Iggy and the Stooges, the Velvet Underground and the Doors, to name a few. The New York-based music executive is the subject of a documentary covering some of his exploits, titled Danny Says.

Written and directed by Brendan Toller, the film follows in some of the same vein of music documentaries like We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, where it looks at the subject and provides interviews with them and any influential figures in their life as they try and show how the subject got to where they are. However, the film includes ample interviews with Fields at various p...Read the entire review




The Search For Weng Weng

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:41:32 PST

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A deep dive into Filipino cult film history

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Documentaries, cult cinema
Likes: kung-fu films, Action B-movies
Dislikes: Personal-quest documentaries
Hates: People getting taken advantage of

The Movie
In a bit of meta education, watching documentaries can provide one with a great list of movies to discover, as there are a host of films that help explore unique niches, like the delightful Not Quite Hollywood and Video Nasties. However, it doesn't get much more niche than Filipino cult films. That is, unless you zoom in a bit more, and tighten the focus to Filipino cult films starring the shortest lead actor in film history, the 2'9" Weng Weng, star ...Read the entire review




The Twilight Zone: The Complete 80s Series

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:06:39 PST

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While 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie wasn't the super mega blockbuster hit that some had hoped for, it was nevertheless enough to get CBS to bring back Rod Serling's most famous creation in 1985. This second series lasted three seasons and offered up one hundred and ten episodes. The series saw Charles Aidman step in to narrate, with Serling having passed in 1975. When Aidman himself passed away, Robin Ward was brought on to narrate the third season (he also redid the narration for the first two seasons when they were syndicated, though this set thankfully contains Aidman's original voice work). When series began, each episode ran an hour in length and presented two or three stories within its running time save for a few Season Two episodes that ran a half an hour. When a third season was made and put out for syndication, those episodes ran a half an hour and contained ...Read the entire review




Race for the Yankee Zephyr

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:32:56 PST

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The 1981 adventure flick Race for the Yankee Zephyr (also known as Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr) first caught my eye when it was excerpted in the "Ozploitation" documentary Not Quite Hollywood. It wasn't available on US DVD in those late-'00s dark ages, so I filed it away in my mind as a flick to keep an eye out for. Now, at long last, MGM has released a DVD-R of the movie, with a decent-looking transfer, as part of their manufactured-on-demand (MOD) "Limited Edition Collection." Was it worth the wait? Eh...

Yankee Zephyr was originally supposed to re-team writer Everett De Roche and director Richard Franklin, who toget...Read the entire review




The Love Boat: Season Three, Volume One

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:35:09 PST

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(image) Though probably few would admit it now, back in the late 1970s pretty much everyone not on a date or otherwise engaged on a Saturday night tuned in to ABC's one-two punch of The Love Boat at 9:00 and Fantasy Island at 10:00pm. Though often unpardonably corny and melodramatic, The Love Boat was also daringly innovative from a production standpoint, lured big-name stars that rarely made television appearances, and so glamorized and exoticized cruise vacations that it singlehandedly transformed that industry into the leisure industry powerhouse it is today.

Seen today, the series is quaintly charming, still. The show more or less peaked during its third season, its ratings success prompting an elaborate two-hour premiere, mostly filmed on location in Alaska. Rewatching these shows after nearly 40 years, I was unexpectedly impressed by most of the regular cast members and its dizzyi...Read the entire review




The Love Boat: Season Three, Volume Two

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:35:09 PST

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(image) Though probably few would admit it now, back in the late 1970s pretty much everyone not on a date or otherwise engaged on a Saturday night tuned in to ABC's one-two punch of The Love Boat at 9:00 and Fantasy Island at 10:00pm. Though often unpardonably corny and melodramatic, The Love Boat was also daringly innovative from a production standpoint, lured big-name stars that rarely made television appearances, and so glamorized and exoticized cruise vacations that it singlehandedly transformed that industry into the leisure industry powerhouse it is today.

Seen today, the series is quaintly charming, still. The show more or less peaked during its third season, its ratings success prompting an elaborate two-hour premiere, mostly filmed on location in Alaska. Rewatching these shows after nearly 40 years, I was unexpectedly impressed by most of the regular cast members and its dizzyi...Read the entire review




A Dangerous Game: Donald Trump vs. the Environment

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:51:37 PST

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"There's truth as you see it, and there's truth as we see it."

That quote from Eric Trump should tell you all you need to know about the Trump phenomenon. It comes from Anthony (You've Been Trumped) Baxter's movie. Baxter has it in for Teflon Don, and this movie makes no bones about it. In this world where divisions are cemented, I'm not sure Baxter's strong documentary will move too many people from conservatism to liberalism, but in its depiction of the naked lust for money and power, hopefully it will convince a few that the 1% doesn't give damn number one about the little people.

Baxter looks at Trump's bullying attempts to establish high profile, exclusive golf clubs in Scotland, Dubai, and Croatia. Golf courses being the notoriously anti-environmental developments that they are, the people are not amused. Massive amounts of ...Read the entire review




The Disappointments Room

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:16:32 PST

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(image) If someone's planning on including the word "disappointment" anywhere in the title of their film, they'd better make damn sure that the content within will be able to withstand a decent amount of scrutiny, else the criticisms will essentially write themselves. The situation could be made worse if the project musters an eye-catching trailer, one that might, y'know, set the audience up for an engaging experience that it can't deliver on, especially in the fickle realm of the horror genre. The Disappointments Room boasts quite a few elements that look interesting when kept in short two-minute packages, featuring a blonde, tendril-haired Kate Beckinsale moving through the ominous corridors of a large mansion as she deals with the rigors of...Read the entire review




Author: The Jt Leroy Story

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:39:16 PST

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A great documentary about a questionably-interesting subject

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Documentaries, literature, a good hoax
Likes: Gus Van Sant
Dislikes: Fake people
Hates: People who try to be cool

The Movie
Twelve years ago, I wrote a review of Criterion's DVD release of Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho. In one of the bonus audio interviews, a collaborator of Van Sant's--author JT LeRoy--chatted about the classic indie through his own perspective as a street kid. I wasn't terribly impressed, noting "LeRoy is the audio equivalent to sleeping pills. His feminine voice mumbles and flows like molasses...Several times I found myself blacking out and wondering what I missed." ...Read the entire review




X-Rated

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 16:52:18 PST

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Porn. It's been around forever and as long as there has been film, there have been pornographic movies. This documentary, X-Rated, which is hosted by the lovely and talented Chanel Preston, gives us a five minute history lesson and then sets out to count down the top thirty-two adult films of all time. Rather than rank them in order of quality, the feature presents them in chronological order. As such, we start out in the early seventies in the era of porno chic and learn about such influential films as Deep Throat starring Harry Reems and Linda Lovelace, Behind The Green Door starring one time Ivory Snow girl Marilyn Chambers and The Devil In Miss Jones starring the always charming Georgina Spelvin.

From there we talk about two of Radley Metzger's hardcore features, The Opening Of Misty Beethoven and Barbara Broadcast, widely cons...Read the entire review




My King

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:34:07 PST

Highly Recommended

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Director: Maiwenn
Starring: Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel
Year: 2015

Not to overlook the leading ladies of this film, Maiwenn the director and Bercot the lead actress, but My King is a success because of the man the title is referring to; Georgio, played perfectly by a genius Cassel. This French actor is a phenomenon, and we are lucky to have him as a cross-over talent in Hollywood as well, so that we can see him in his native country and also in our more familiar American cinema. Eastern Promises, Black Swan, A Dangerous Method, Partisan, Tale of Tales; pick up a film starr...Read the entire review




The Making Of Trump

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:34:07 PST

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Trump's an interesting bloke, a self-made billionaire who stretches the limits of the term 'self-made'. He has certainly spent his life manufacturing his version of the Horatio Alger story, controlling his narrative so masterfully it's hard to believe. This History Channel documentary, created in response to Trump's historic run for the American Presidency, does its best to remain impartial, doing a pretty good job at that. While watching, one might even feel either an enthusiastic or grudging admiration for Trump's deft manufacture of his particular cult of personality. On the other hand, it's hard not to catch whiffs of disdain for the new President Of The United States, a truly self-serving personality, whose very nature as an outsized egoist of questionable moral character can't help but show, no matter who's doing the telling.

The feature length documentary brings ...Read the entire review




Chicago Med: Season One

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:22:43 PST

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(image) One might reasonably have thought that the hospital-set television drama had run its course. After years of tame shows like Medical Center and Emergency, the groundbreaking trifecta of St. Elsewhere (1982-88), Chicago Hope (1994-2000), and ER (1994-2009), the latter two set in Chicago, would have brought the genre to what media theorists like to call its "terminal" stage, exhausting it to a point where no story or characterization has been left undone. St. Elsewhere particularly offered superb, highly innovative teleplays breaking all manner of new ground, while ER was arguably the first network series to really up the ante production-wise, with movie-like production values and medical verisimilitude. Where a show like Medical Center probably cost around $175,000 per episode, ER at its peak was budgeted at a mind-boggling $13 million per sh...Read the entire review




Goat

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:29:14 PST

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Director: Andrew Neel
Starring: Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper
Year: 2016

Nick Jonas is not an actor, or at least not a good one. With his teen heartthrob status behind him, he's attempted to make the push onto the screen, and his moments have come fairly regularly. Some TV, just getting started in movies; I think we'll see more of him before we see less, but I also think that is a very bad thing. The kid can't act, and nearly brings Goat crashing down around him because of it. The saving grace; a young man who does have talent, Ben Schnetzer. Getting his break in 2013 and not slowing down since then, here's an actor who we can look forward to seeing often over the coming years, a recently-recognized gem who ...Read the entire review




Careful What You Wish For

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:21:34 PST

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Well, isn't this interesting? Nick Jonas, of the squeaky-clean Jonas Brothers, has starred in this R-rated "erotic thriller" reminiscent of the 1980s sort-of classic They're Playing With Fire. Nick plays a typical young horny guy name Doug (whom most in this movie call "Dougie") who spends his summers at his rich parents' vacation home somewhere in North Carolina. This particular summer turns out to be special when investor Elliot (Durmot Mulroney, getting the "and" credit in the opening) and his hot wife Lena (Isabel Lucas) move into the house next door, which coincidentally can be seen perfectly from the window of Doug's bedroom. It turns out that Doug knows a lot about boats, so Elliot ends up hiring him to fix up his old one. Doug gets plenty of chances to ogle Lena from afar this way, but she then also starts flirting with him. A few key points about Elliot come up as well- he's r...Read the entire review




True New York

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:54:18 PST

Highly Recommended

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Short documentaries rarely get their due. Sometimes they pop up on HBO or PBS. The rare few that get Oscar nominations might get packaged together in a program that will play briefly at the local arthouse.

That's why the new DVD collection True New York is such a treat. It brings together 5 documentaries from the past decade or so, which all offer striking portraits of New York characters from diverse walks of life. The films are all twenty to thirty minutes in length, and thankfully there is not a dud in the bunch. If you enjoy the mini-portraits featured on the Humans of New York website, True New York offers a more fleshed-out variation of that kind of empathetic anthropology.

The disc starts off with Jordan Ro...Read the entire review