Archive for August, 2010

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life. For me, it's going to Rushmore.”

Rushmore, like the rest of Wes Anderson’s films, is something that is a little different from the rest of cinema. His own world is placed out for the world to see, drawing on his own experience and life, in order to provide the audience with pure entertainment.That is not to say that there aren’t films that are similar, or things that have been drawn on to create his films, but a Wes Anderson film is exactly that, a Wes Anderson film. And Rushmore is a Wes Anderson film. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“You understand, if we don’t find a stiff out here, we leave a fresh one?”

Miller’s Crossing was the Coen Brothers third feature length film, dating from 1990. While still in a fairly early stage in their careers, Miller’s Crossing shows off the confident flair that had been acquired from the critical hits of Blood Simple and Raising Arizona. It tells the story of Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne) as he flicks between to Prohibition-era gangsters and the crooked bookie, Bernie Bernbaum, played by the fantastic John Turturro. Miller’s Crossing is told at its own pace, and never struggles to do anything else apart from that. It floats along, doing the normal Coen genre-hybridisation along the way, and nearly always hitting the mark smack on. If you like most Coen Brothers films, this will be right up your street. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Sydney Freeman]

“You take it away and you show them what they had.”

For those big fans of Inception, you can see where Christopher Nolan got his start. Following is Nolan’s breakthrough picture. One made with an extremely tight budget of $6,000 over the course of a year. Invoking the aesthetic of low budget 1940’s and 1950’s film noir Following tells the story of a writer named Bill. Bill needs inspiration for his new piece of writing so he takes to following people around London. This quickly becomes an obsession as he follows more and more people. Of course he establishes rules for himself like never follow the same person for too long or never follow a woman into an alley after dark. Nevertheless he breaks his most important rule 10 minutes into the movie. Never follow the same person more than once. (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

With Machete coming out next weekend, and Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving in the beginning stages of screenwriting, it only feels right to take a look back at ALL of the faux trailers from the Grindhouse double feature. (more…)

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

I started Dorkosphere a short 3 months ago with expectations that it would just be something to have fun with, and that probably no one would read it.  Well 12 weeks later Dorkosphere is now operated by a 10-person team and has over 1,500 subscribers on Twitter alone.  I realize that we are still one of the little guys as far as movie blogs go.  But for 3 months in, I’m more than pleased with the progress.  I think what separates us from most big corporate movie blogs is that they have connections with major studios, which is great, but to keep them they can’t say what they really want to a lot of times.  They have to cover the latest Jennifer Aniston movie like it’s something they’re looking forward to.  Here we can talk about an interesting little Criterion Collection flick we saw the other day instead.  As editor, I’ve set only one rule here, write about stuff you’re actually interested in and say what you actually think.  We also do this because we enjoy it, not because we’re trying to make a couple bucks off it (notice the lack of ads everywhere).  However, I also want to present our posts in the best format possible.  Up until now we have been limited to a free WordPress theme that isn’t completely adaptable to our needs.  So to solve that problem we are moving to a private server and we have hired professional web developer JTK to give us a more custom professional look, while not completely departing from our roots.  Here is a preview of what the site will look like in the coming weeks! Thanks to everyone who has followed us so far!

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire) is a film genius. In fact, for my money, he is one of the top-5 Directors alive today. That is why it pains me so much to say this but, what the hell is this crap. This looks outrageously bad. This might be one of the worst trailers I’ve ever seen.  It’s literally all over the place.  All 3 stars were for them listing Danny Boyle‘s name at the beginning. I mean it’s the entire premise so I’m not ruining anything by saying that this is a minimalist film where a guy is all alone, gets his arm stuck and then at the end he cuts it off with a dull knife and goes home. I would have a really hard time stretching that idea into a feature-length movie. Plus everyone already knows what happens so what do they do? Obviously they invented some filler where he meets some girls at the beginning so let’s say that lasts 30 minutes. Let’s say him going home lasts 30 minutes. That’s at least an hour of watching this dude be stuck, considering all his options (when we know what he’s going to do anyway), and cutting his arm off. I’ve heard good things from people who’ve seen test-cuts of the film, but this trailer just made me a whole lot less excited to see the movie. The casting of James Franco the pothead from Pineapple Express, is only interesting in that it seems like such a bad choice. Hopefully he is a better actor than I think he is. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk this up to bad marketing…for now.