Take a Tense Little Ride with Trigger Man

Trigger Man. 2007. Directed, Edited, & Written by Ti West. Starring Reggie Cunningham, Ray Sullivan, Sean Reid, Heather Robb, James Felix McKenney, Seth Abrams, & Larry Fessenden. KINO International/Glass Eye Pix/Scareflix/CCR Productions. Unrated. 80 minutes. Drama/Thriller ★★★1/2  This is a slightly unusual film out of Ti West’s filmography. He is a great director, in myContinue reading “Take a Tense Little Ride with Trigger Man”

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Patty Jenkins’ Monster: Forced to Kill, One Way or Another

Monster. 2003. Directed & Written by Patty Jenkins. Starring Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco St. John, Marc Macaulay, Scott Wilson, Rus Blackwell, Tim Ware, Stephan Jones, Brett Rice, Kaitlin Riley, & Cree Ivey. Media 8 Entertainment/Newmarket Films/DEJ Productions. Rated 18A. 109 minutes. Biography/Crime/Drama ★★★★★  For thoseContinue reading “Patty Jenkins’ Monster: Forced to Kill, One Way or Another”

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The Amityville Horror Never Lets Truth Get in its Way

The Amityville Horror. 1979. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Screenplay by Sandor Stern; based on the book by Jay Anson. Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Helen Shaver, and Amy Wright. American International Pictures. Rated 14A. 117 minutes. Drama/Horror. ★★★★ WhenContinue reading “The Amityville Horror Never Lets Truth Get in its Way”

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TRUE STORY: Franco & Hill Play it Straight

Jonah Hill and James Franco are the selling point of TRUE STORY, all the way.

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AMERICAN SNIPER: Making a Murderer

American Sniper. 2014. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and Kyle Gallner. Warner Brothers. Rated 14A. 132 minutes. Action/Biography/Drama 1/2 First of all, I have a family member who served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Second, I know others who’ve gone over to Iraq, et cetera, several people I knew well growingContinue reading “AMERICAN SNIPER: Making a Murderer”

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Lost Masculinity & Grim Relationships in FOXCATCHER

Foxcatcher. 2014. Dir. Bennett Miller. Starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall, Guy Boyd, and Brett Rice. Mongrel Media. Rated PG (Canada). 129 minutes.  Biography/Drama/Sports ★★★★★ I’d been anticipating this film for a long while. Ever since I’d heard of Foxcatcher, there was something about it which struck me.Continue reading “Lost Masculinity & Grim Relationships in FOXCATCHER”

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