INTERSTELLAR Takes Us on an Existential Ride Through Space & Time

Interstellar. 2014.  Directed by Christopher Nolan.  Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Jon Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy, David Gyasi, Casey Affleck, William Devane, David Oyelowo, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, and Leah Cairns.  Paramount Pictures.  Rated PG.  169 minutes.  Adventure/Drama/Sci-Fi ★★★★1/2 I was excited to see Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar for aContinue reading “INTERSTELLAR Takes Us on an Existential Ride Through Space & Time”

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The Deconstructed Life of BIRDMAN

Birdman. 2014. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Merritt Wever, and Edward Norton. New Regency Pictures. Rated 14A. 119 minutes. Comedy/Drama ★★★★ Birdman tells the story of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) who was once playing the superhero Birdman in big movies. Now, he’s doing the stage.Continue reading “The Deconstructed Life of BIRDMAN”

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WHIPLASH: Two Jazz-Hands Up

Whiplash. 2014. Directed & Written by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, J.K Simmons, and Paul Reiser. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 107 minutes. Drama/Music ★★★★★I think one of the most incredible things about Whiplash is the fact it captures the blood, sweat, and tears which go into the making of a true musician so accurately thatContinue reading “WHIPLASH: Two Jazz-Hands Up”

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BLUE RUIN’s Honest Amateur Revenge

Blue Ruin. 2014. Directed & Written by Jeremy Saulnier. Starring Macon Blair, Tyler Byrne, Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Alex Orr, and Anish Savjani. Anchor Bay Entertainment. Rated 18A. 90 minutes. Crime/Drama/Thriller ★★★★★ Personally, I love revenge thrillers just because they satisfy the real life need at times to dive into something similar to our dailyContinue reading “BLUE RUIN’s Honest Amateur Revenge”

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The Interview Suffers from Hype-itis

The Interview. 2014. Dir. Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen. Screenplay by Dan Sterling; story by Rogen, Goldberg & Sterling. Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, and Diana Bang. Columbia Pictures. Rated 14A. 112 minutes. Action/Comedy ★★1/2 This film will no doubt divide people. There are a lot of people who want youContinue reading “The Interview Suffers from Hype-itis”

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Gary Oldman Fights for Innocence in BackWoods

BackWoods. 2006. Dir. Koldo Serra. Screenplay by Serra & Jon Sagalá. Starring Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Jon Ariño, Lluís Homar, and Kandido Uranga. Lionsgate. Rated 14A. 97 minutes. Thriller ★★★★ (Film) ★1/2 (DVD release) This is one of those films I may never have heard of, if only maybe for a late night search spreeContinue reading “Gary Oldman Fights for Innocence in BackWoods”

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William Friedkin’s Cruising: Serial Murder on the Margins

Cruising. 1980. Directed & Written by William Friedkin; adapted from the novel by Gerald Walker. Starring Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino, and Joe Spinell. Warner Brothers. Rated R. 102 minutes. Crime/Drama/Mystery ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★1/2 (DVD release) Cruising came about for William Friedkin in a number of ways: through his own observations aboutContinue reading “William Friedkin’s Cruising: Serial Murder on the Margins”

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V/H/S: Viral is a Weird, Wild Ride

V/H/S: Viral. 2014. Directors: Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, and Nacho Vigalondo (the Blu ray release will include the segment “Gorgeous Vortex” directed by Todd Lincoln). Starring Emmy Argo, Emilia Ares Zoryan, Justin Welborn, Amanda Baker, Gregg Bishop, Nick Blanco, Dan Caudill, Stephen Caudill. Magnet Releasing. Rated R. 82 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★Continue reading “V/H/S: Viral is a Weird, Wild Ride”

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The Sacrament: Found Footage in Jonestown

The Sacrament. 2014. Directed & Written by Ti West. Starring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil, Gene Jones, and Kentucker Audley. Magnet Releasing. Rated R. 95 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★★ Previously I discussed The Sacrament in my 15 Found Footage Films Worth Watching. Here, I’ll go much more in-depth on why I think this isContinue reading “The Sacrament: Found Footage in Jonestown”

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DIG: The Ego & The Id

Ever watch a documentary that pissed you off? Well, here’s another one.

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Cold Prey is a Vicious Modern Slasher

Fritt Vilt (English title: Cold Prey). 2006. Dir. Roar Uthaug. Screenplay by Thomas Moldestad, Martin Sundland & Roar Uthaug; story by Jan Eirik Langoen & Magne Lyngner. Starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Endre Martin Midtstigen, and Viktoria Winge. Anchor Bay Entertainment. Not Rated. 97 minutes. Drama/Horror/Mystery ★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (DVD release) I don’t thinkContinue reading “Cold Prey is a Vicious Modern Slasher”

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Fulci’s Zombie: Because a Zombie Had to Fight a Shark Someday

A classic zombie flick if there ever were one! All hail Fulci!

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