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[Reviewed by: Martin Keller]

When reviewing a film it’s easy to get caught up in broad generalizations, to be caught up in your deep love or utter disdain for it. The art of film reviewing is a happy marriage between being subjective and objective. You are charged with the duty of endorsing or condemning this piece of art, and being fair isn’t usually a first response. Rather, we respond from our gut or our heart: shooting from the hip and asking questions later. However, the responsible reviewer will offer a fair opinion: an opinion based on examples from the film, specific analysis of scenes or actors or cinematography or directing or any of the many facets of the film. The responsible reviewer is trying to edify the film, to offer insight or constructive criticism, to be “fair and balanced.” I say all this because, in my review of Ultraviolet, I find being responsible nearly impossible. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

“He had everything except desire."

I own hundreds of movies. An entire wall in my extra bedroom is filled with every type of movie you can imagine. But I don’t watch any of them as much as Gattaca. Most people have seen it. It’s not like it’s some underground indie film. Most everyone remembers it as a sci-fi movie, with that chick from Kill Bill, about the dangers of genetic manipulation. Well yes, it is set in the future and indeed Uma Thurman was in it. But it was not ABOUT genetics. Not really. It was about something much more important and there was nothing futuristic about it. The same story could have been told set in the 1950’s, and in way, it kind of was. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

David Cronenberg, 1999
"You have to PLAY the game, to find out WHY you're playing the game. "

Since my first edition of “Cult Classics” was on David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome“, it only made sense to do the next one on its spiritual sequel. Videodrome dealt with television shows that can grow tumours in your mind so that others could control you. This movie deals with video games being infused with human organs to the point where no one knows what is real anymore. In both cases, the ideas are presented in a very abstract way. And by abstract I mean of course, cancer shooting guns that mutate out of your hand (Videodrome). As well as, teeth shooting guns made out of the bones of animals genetically engineered so that their body parts can be used as weapons (eXistenZ). Still with me? (more…)