Immortals a.k.a Greek Mythology on Steak and Eggs

Immortals. 2011. Directed by Tarsem Singh. Screenplay by Charley & Vlas Parlapanides. Starring Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Joseph Morgan, Anne Day-Jones, Greg Bryk, Alan Van Sprang, Peter Stebbings, Daniel Sharman, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, & Steve Byers. Relativity Media/Virgin Produced/Mark Canton Productions. Rated 18A. 110 minutes. Action/Drama/FantasyContinue reading “Immortals a.k.a Greek Mythology on Steak and Eggs”

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Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is a Dystopian Vision of Not-So-Distant Future

Brazil. 1985. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Screenplay by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, & Tom Stoppard. Starring Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin, Ian Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Kim Greist, Jim Broadbent, Barbara Hicks, Charles McKeown, Derrick O’Connor, Kathryn Pogson, Bryan Pringle, & Shella Reid. Embassy International Pictures. Rated R. 132 minutes.Continue reading “Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is a Dystopian Vision of Not-So-Distant Future”

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Carl Th. Dreyer’s Day of Wrath: An Allegory of Power and the Raw Truth of Religious Cruelties

Day of Wrath. 1943. Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Screenplay by Dreyer, Pol Knudsen, & Mogens Skot-Hansen; based on the play Anne Pedersdotter by Hans Wiers-Jenssen. Starring Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Sigrid Neiiendam, Preben Lerdorff Rye, & Albert Hoeberg. Palladium Productions. Not Rated. 97 minutes. Drama ★★★★1/2  History allows us to look back on films andContinue reading “Carl Th. Dreyer’s Day of Wrath: An Allegory of Power and the Raw Truth of Religious Cruelties”

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Bergman’s HOUR OF THE WOLF is an Intensely Personal Journey into the Shattered Mental Health of Artists

Not considered one of his master works, Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf is a shattering rumination on what it is mentally to be and live with an artist.

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Frank White, Republican Nightmare: Abel Ferrara’s King of New York

King of New York. 1990. Directed by Abel Ferrara. Screenplay by Nicholas St. John. Starring Christopher Walken, Larry Fishburne, David Caruso, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Janet Julian, Joey Chin, Giancarlo Esposito, & Paul Calderon. Seven Arts/Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Rated R. 106 minutes. Drama/Crime ★★★★★  Abel Ferrara is an all-around exciting, unique filmmaker. He usuallyContinue reading “Frank White, Republican Nightmare: Abel Ferrara’s King of New York”

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Banshee – Season 4, Episode 5: “A Little Late to Grow a Pair”

Oh, the Nazi balance in Banshee is upset, and that means nothing good; for anybody.

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Zodiac: The Dark Reality of an Uncaught Killer

Zodiac. 2007. Directed by David Fincher. Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson, John Lacy, Chloë Sevigny, Ed Setrakian, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, & Elias Koteas. PhoenixContinue reading “Zodiac: The Dark Reality of an Uncaught Killer”

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Fear of the Outside World in Tremors

Tremors. 1990. Directed by Ron Underwood. Screenplay by Brent Maddock & S.S. Wilson. Starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire, Robert Jayne, Charlotte Stewart, Tony Genaro, Ariana Richards, Richard Marcus, Victor Wong, Sunshine Parker, Michael Dan Wagner, Conrad Bachmann, Bibi Besch, John Goodwin, & John Pappas. Universal Pictures/No Frills Film Production.Continue reading “Fear of the Outside World in Tremors”

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High-Rise to the Isolation of Socioeconomic Madness

High-Rise. 2016.Directed by Ben Wheatley. Screenplay by Amy Jump, based on the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes, Peter Ferdinando, Sienna Guillory, Reece Shearsmith, Enzo Cilenti, Augustus Prew, Dan Renton Skinner, Stacy Martin, & Tony Way. Recorded PictureContinue reading “High-Rise to the Isolation of Socioeconomic Madness”

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The Shining: Kubrickian Horror v. Stephen King’s Supernatural Evil

The Shining. 1980. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Screenplay by Kubrick & Diane Johnson; based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson, & Tony Burton. Warner Bros./Hawk Films/Peregrine/Producers Circle. Rated R. 146 minutes. Drama/Horror ★★★★  Let’sContinue reading “The Shining: Kubrickian Horror v. Stephen King’s Supernatural Evil”

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David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Existential Terror at its Finest (and Most Elusive)

Eraserhead. 1977. Directed & Written by David Lynch. Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near, V. Phipps-Wilson, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange, Thomas Coulson, John Monez, Darwin Joston, T. Max Graham, Hal Landon Jr., & Jennifer Chambers Lynch. American Film Institute/Libra Films. Rated R. 89 minutes. Fantasy/Horror ★★★★1/2  One ofContinue reading “David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Existential Terror at its Finest (and Most Elusive)”

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The Path – Season 1, Episode 6: “Breaking and Entering”

Hulu’s The Path Season 1, Episode 6: “Breaking & Entering” Directed by Roxann Dawson Written by Annie Weisman * For a review of the previous episode, “The Hole” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Refugees” – click here Cal (Hugh Dancy) is lying in the hospital, beaten and bloody fromContinue reading “The Path – Season 1, Episode 6: “Breaking and Entering””

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