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A Perverted Metaphor | HESHER

In drama on May 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I really wish I could use the Metallica lightning bolts on the name in the title. That would be rad…Almost as rad as the movie itself. HESHER is a mythical tale that harkens back to the days of yore when kids patrolled themselves and parents were only there to say “hi” and “goodbye” to on the way out the door…Or to pick you up from the Principal’s office or Police Station.

The fact that Hesher is sort of ET mixed with FIGHT CLUB makes this one of my favorite movies of the year. (And don’t worry, that comparison doesn’t reveal any twists or anything.) Read the rest of this entry »


A Journey Into The West | MEEK’S CUTOFF

In drama, western on April 26, 2011 at 1:42 am

It’s only April and already 2011 has had two mighty fine Westerns. The first one was a little more fun and outrageous, and starred a chameleon. (That’d be RANGO, for those not paying attention.) The latest one, is much heavier, on a smaller scale, and is more of an experience into the old west itself.  Read the rest of this entry »


In drama on December 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

I don’t think there’s been a more endearing representation of a stutterer on-screen since Porky Pig; and he wasn’t in the position of the King of England, who had to repeatedly speak to his people through radio addresses and live engagements. (The pig got off light.) But, THE KING’S SPEECH, isn’t so kind to King George VI. A man who was thrown into the throne, faced the oncoming of a second World War, and had to deal with a surly Australian that not only wanted the stammerer to speak, but to speak about personal things.

It’s this sly twisting and turning of a movie that could have been very boring, that makes The King’s Speech one of the best movies of 2010. Read the rest of this entry »


In Actors, drama, romance on December 14, 2010 at 1:23 am

I recently watched Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, a movie meant to scar not only it’s characters but the audience too. With a voyage into madness, disguised as grief and in a way, couples therapy; it’s graphic depictions of sex, violence, and just plain surreal imagery, still haunt me. Similarly, but in a much less accosting way, BLUE VALENTINE takes us through the steps of a relationship from beginning to end. (Well, a good portion of the middle is cut out, but that’s a conversation for another time.)

I joked that it was kind of like (500) DAYS OF SUMMER without the hipsters. Read the rest of this entry »

Try Going 15 Rounds With These Families

In drama on December 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

It’s almost the holidays – well, I guess they’ve technically already started if my local Target has anything to say about it – and that means time for families. And nothing says family like in-fighting, murder, drugs, and maybe some food. The one good thing that comes from all of these things – at least in the movies – is award-season buzz. Of which both of today’s movies have in spades.

THE FIGHTER and WINTER’S BONE, are undoubtedly about family and what people will go through for the people related to them. Both are tough movies to watch – for a number of different reasons – but should definitely been seen.  Read the rest of this entry »


In drama, Horror on November 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Darren Aronofsky is a powerful filmmaker, and people either seem to love his movies or hate them. He’s even managed to make one movie – THE FOUNTAIN – that has started actual battles (probably mostly verbal, but still), on whether it’s a piece of crap or one of the most beautiful movies ever made. (I’m in the latter category and honestly, while I appreciate his other movies, I’m not as big a fan of PI or REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.) Now there’s BLACK SWAN, his latest step in familiar territory; though it’s much more like his first two movies than what has followed since. (Before I forget to mention it, while I enjoyed THE WRESTLER, it’s really kind of forgettable in my mind.) But it’s also a magnificent piece of storytelling.  Read the rest of this entry »


In action, drama on November 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I’m going to admit it, I’m a little biased toward Paul Haggis’ new movie THE NEXT THREE DAYS. Not only because it features my hometown, of Pittsburgh, PA so prominently (it’s essentially the key obstacle to our main character in the same way Boston is in THE TOWN; Las Vegas in OCEANS ELEVEN; and Chicago for THE FUGITIVE.); but also because my actual house – that I lived in – is featured on-screen for a couple minutes in a key scene. So, yeah, you might as well have Russell Crowe write this review. Not that it would matter because The Next Three Days is a spectacular “on the run” movie, and stands just about even with all the movies I just listed.

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This Movie Will Make You Want To Call Your Mom | 127 HOURS

In drama on November 5, 2010 at 12:37 am

There are so many things to discuss when it comes to 127 HOURS, the new movie from Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), starring James Franco (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) and an immovable rock. So, it’s hard to choose where to start. I guess the obvious is in how this is a wonderful companion piece to the life-affirming/altering/speculating, yet traumatic, pieces of art I’ve most recently seen in the forms of ENTER THE VOID and HEREAFTER. 127 Hours stands right along these two movies, in some ways perfectly lining up, and in others making a turn to go in another direction. They all deal with life, death, memories and love. They’re all tragic, and heart-felt stories that tell us we really have no choice but to make the choices we’ve made and will make in our lives. It’s beautiful storytelling, though possibly a little neater than Hereafter; and definitely less scarring then Enter The Void. Read the rest of this entry »

Can’t Make Billions Of Dollars Without Making A Few Enemies

In drama on October 1, 2010 at 3:11 am

THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a fantastic movie full of reprehensible characters and actions that makes me want to delete my Facebook account – found here. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin create a fantastic and beautifully shot story about a young man that forsakes every relationship in his life because he wants to make websites that help connecting to people easier. Which makes it sound a lot more altruistic than he ever actually is. The cast is magnificent. The movie is also really funny. Which keeps it from being terrifying and depressing. (Wouldn’t it make you sad if your friend ditched you in order to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that now, almost everyone in the world is associated with that person?)

Jesse Eisenberg uses his nerd powers for evil here, much like Michael Cera used his for hipster cool in SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD. Which in both cases, works very well for seeing the actors expand on their normal repertoire, while not really acting much differently. But it’s amazing, just how unlikable Eisenberg is. He takes the aloofness that he normally exudes and just, seems like a dick. A brilliant dick, but still. A dick.

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Nothing John Hughes-ish Here | EASY A and NEVER LET ME GO Talked About Here

In comedy, drama, romance on September 10, 2010 at 1:31 am

So, I’m kind of at a loss for words. My initial plan was to talk about two movies that revolved around kids; learning lessons about growing up and dealing with relationships and possibly even being clever. Well, one movie did that and the other one delivered but in way that I don’t know I was prepared for, nor capable of fully discussing at the moment. One is an amazingly, light and breezy comedy with nary a shred of cynicism to be found. The other is a heavy, lumbering study in life and death, with barely a shred of action taking place. (And I don’t mean that as in, punches thrown or items exploded; but just in that nothing of import, really seems to happen. Which, I don’t mean as a criticism.)

What the movies have in common is that they both focus on kids facing choices that come with adulthood. Dealing with the unhappy truths and the unrealistic ideas that others set for us. I’m also breaking my “post a trailer after the review” thing, as both of these movies might be better served going in cold. Neither for any twists or turns, but it felt good walking in knowing, literally, nothing about a movie for once. So I’m recommending that. Read the rest of this entry »