Posts Tagged ‘Film’

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Perhaps one of the best examples of how bad the Academy is at picking the best film of the year, Mulholland Dr. was not even nominated for Best Picture in 2001. Instead they chose Ron Howard’s competent but all too formulaic and forgettable A Beautiful Mind that year. Although Director David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Dune, Lost Highway) did win Best Director at Cannes, it took time for some people to give the film the acclaim it truly deserves. It’s understandable in that if there was ever a film that DEMANDED repeat viewings it is this one. It is the first and only movie I have ever watched and then immediately rewinded and watched again (mind you it’s a 2.5hr long movie). I was interested but confused the first time, understandably so I think. The second time I wanted to go erect a statue in my yard in dedication to this cinematic achievement. If you missed out on this film when it came out, STOP READING as it is impossible to discuss this movie at any level of detail without completely ruining it for you. Go watch it, then read this, then go watch it again. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

1977 was a year in which many cinematic classics were released – Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl, & The Spy Who Loved Me just to name a few. Yet when Roger Ebert made his list of the 10 best films from 1977 his top pick was a film most haven’t even heard of, much less seen – 3 Women. I recently saw the Criterion edition DVD sitting in my local library and knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. I wasn’t disappointed. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“Every single one of us, is entitled to the same pay as men.”

Made in Dagenham tells the story of how a group of small female workers in a Ford Dagenham assembly plant decided to stand up and change the world. Directed by the man behind Calendar Girls, Nigel Cole, we are presented with an uplifting story about the ability to change things through having strong morals and persistence. A fairly light-hearted film that never really gets out of its comfort zone, however Made in Dagenham is still a thoroughly enjoyable, and educational film on a landmark moment in British political history. (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Making a film on your own – without the big studios backing you – can become a very expensive process. Thanks to sites like Indiegogo.com many up-and-coming filmmakers can get their projects made with a little help from me and you and everyone we know. The film that needs us right now is The Secret Beneath Janus Lake. It is directed, written, and produced by Nikhil Khosla, Greg Lazcano, and Jonathan Schillingford, and will be presented in three very different acts with the three directors taking on a different act each. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“Kill everyone now! Condone first degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!”

Wow, wow, wow. Pink Flamingos, ‘the filthiest film’ around, certainly lives up to that lofty claim. I had the… chance to see it, and I think it’s fair to say that it will stay with me for a long, long time. I have never, ever coward at the screen in shock like this before, and I have rarely laughed as hard as I did at times as well. The complete, utter insanity of the film is mind-blowing, yet it has the ability to keep you hooked. I don’t want to look at the screen, but I don’t want to miss what’s going on. Pink Flamingos is one of the strangest things you’re ever likely to witness, and because I feel this film is so far out of my comfort zone, I honestly don’t feel I can rate it. Just take my review for what it is… (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies, and you don’t make a movie this ambitious without making a few mistakes. But how can a movie about Facebook even be good? It can’t. This isn’t a movie about Facebook. It’s not even a movie about the guy who made Facebook. It’s about how in this day and age, friendship is so easily gained, and so easily deleted. However, the critics have gone out of control on this movie. I am here to tell you it isn’t as good as they say it is. It’s not our generation’s The Graduate or anything like The Godfather, as they would have you believe. It’s frankly not even close.  It is one of the better movies out this year, however, and that’s still pretty good. (more…)

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[Posted by: Danny Moltrasi]

“I need help!”

It is a simple idea, a man buried alive in a coffin, with no idea how, or why, he is in there. Director Rodrigo Cortés gives himself the restraint of not leaving the box, and just giving Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) a mobile phone to connect to the outside world. Buried gives you the feeling of being stuck inside there with him, as Cortés maintains the feeling of claustrophobia, hopelessness and frustration. (more…)