Inside Out has become my new favorite Pixar film. Not only is it a masterpiece, but I also feel that Blade Runners should replace the “Voight-Kampff” test with a screening of Inside Out as a more effective way to detect replicants. (more…)
You may remember our review of Felt, the gender based psychological thriller, from earlier in this month, and we are happy to now be able to inform you it is getting released on VOD. Its a movie with a great thriller energy and some wonderful performances and while it is one that, if from my review sounds up your alley, you shouldn’t miss. It will launch on VOD on July 21st on all the usual sources you go to for your VOD needs.
Say what you will about Anchorman 2 (some people were actually disappointed) but don’t tell me Adam McKay and friends didn’t try. I can’t say the same for Seth McFarlane with his latest film, Ted 2. (more…)
I will fully admit that I kind of avoided Felt at Fantasitc Fest when it premiered for the same reason I had a hard time getting into the movie when I recently watched it for review. Its not that I thought it would be bad or even an aversion to discussion of rape and gender issues (if you know anything about Fantastic Fest you know that isn’t unusual ground for the movies) but rather it was the naturalist approach to the movie. This is a movie supremely grounded in reality to the point that it makes you uncomfortable frequently and makes the ominous tones throughout really worrying.
The tired Vampire genre gets its bite back with Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour’s stunning directorial debut. An award-winning, genre-bending, horror-romance now streaming on Netflix. (more…)
In advance of its screening at the Las Angeles Film Festival the trailer for the new documentary The Babushkas of Chernobyl has been released and it looks to be a look at a very interesting group of women. If you are familiar with Chernobyl at all then you should have some idea of why they would be interesting but follow after the jump for the trailer and more on this film!
It has been a while since I’ve reviewed a foreign language movie, probably since last Fantastic Fest actually, and I think part of why is because its a harder sell for many people. But when The Connection was finally up for release I knew I had to since its a companion to a classic I loved since I was a kid, The French Connection, and has a great case. So does that plus a hefty does of 70’s style make for a great movie? Well dear friends follow after the jump to find out more.
“I have to tell you about this script. It’s hilarious, it’s original, it’s twisted and it’ll never, ever, get made.” – my friend three years ago
There’s nothing quite like a movie recommendation from a friend. They’re the ‘critics’ who know what you like. When a friend shares something with you, you appreciate that something all the more because it’s based on a foundation of understanding and common interest. Or, at the very least, a friend’s endorsement carries an enthusiasm, that can be so contagious, that even if that something is not so great, you can’t help but grade that something on a curve.
Ex Machina is a brain twisting bladder buster of a film. What I mean by that is that I was so intellectually enthralled by the story that I forced myself to endure the discomfort of my overflowing bladder for fear of missing a single moment this amazing film. And what’s even more remarkable is that, for a summer sci-fi extravaganza, Ex Machina didn’t have a single explosion, car chase, fist-fight or climax with world-ending stakes. It is, in essence, the most intense, suspenseful and fascinating film consisting of nothing but 2 people having conversations I’ve ever seen. It’s like the hybrid consciousness of Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick directed My Dinner With Andre based on a script by Isaac Asimov after he traveled to his future and watched Silence of the Lambs. It’s awesome.
Felt showed at Fantastic Fest last year, and I regrettably missed it, but it was one of the films that were talked about non-stop during the festival. The film by director Jason Banker is an interesting look into the effects of sexual trauma through the lens of revenge and its psychological impact on a creative individual. As the evocative teaser poster will tell you, its a bit odd and beautiful and you can follow us after the jump for more info!