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Film Festival vis-a-vis_1-1

“I think you should primarily think why you are doing this,” cautions the prestigious actor Vis-à-Vis’ debut director protagonist hopes to win over with his highly personal script, and it’s advice the movie could stand to take to heart for itself. Meta-filmic only in the most cursory of manners, this sophomore outing for Czech helmer Nevio Marasovic limps along on the…

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It’s fitting, for the time it lasts at least, that the sole title card gracing the screen at the start of Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas reads Mads Mikkelsen. Here is a film of land disputes and legal tedium, of valuing honour and integrity, made meaningfully intense by the furrowed brow of its leading man. After a time, other …

Reviews The-Big-Ask

It’s to the bereaved Andrew’s bizarre request of his female friends that they sleep with him to alleviate his emotional pain that the title of The Big Ask refers, but that’s nothing beside the movie’s assuming of its audience the restraint not to leap through the screen and slap him. The kooky premise indie lives or dies on its ability to …

Reviews badass-trailer-for-edge-of-tomorrow

Whoever came up with the “Live. Die. Repeat.” tagline certainly earned their salary (or deserves a reward of some kind). Those three words perfectly capture the semi-familiar premise behind Tom Cruise’s (Oblivion, War of the Worlds, Minority Report) latest foray into the science-fiction/action genre, Edge of Tomorrow, a loose …

Film Festival 13917-1

Romantic comedies are so often associated with mediocrity. They live as bastions of unrealistic expectations, grandiose gestures that beguile reasonability, and a general sense of the artificial. They are not enjoyable because of their proximity to our own lives, but for their escapist sensibilities. Of course the very nature of genre tropes are dismissive generalities that trivialize the films within their …

Reviews million-ways-die-west

Seth MacFarland has pulled off a rare feat: a period comedy with contemporary humor styles and timing. It’s rare because the language doesn’t feel out of place in the west but it should. Other comedies that attempt this normally fail and not for a long time has anything really succeeded in transplanting sensibilities of today into the old west …

Reviews la-et-mn-the-grand-seduction-exclusive-clip-taylor-kitsch-brendan-gleeson-20140514

As an avid film geek (and occasional critic), it is always best to go into a film with zero expectations. Going in expecting either the best or the worst the filmmakers involved have to offer can sometimes come back to bite you in the ass. This isn’t necessarily the case here, but if you go in expecting one thing but getting something else that’s done fairly well, you …

Reviews delivery_the_beast_within_2013_1

If the recent TV remake of Rosemary’s Baby didn’t quite whet appetites for fresh new takes on bringing the antichrist to term, its almost unanimous dismissal evidenced at least the demand for distinction in how storytellers approach familiar material. Enter Delivery

Film Festival pride mcu crossed flags

There are times when a person can feel selfish for being concerned with his/her own problems. This selfishness can be instilled when a parent tells a child about “starving children in Africa,” or it can be referenced in the often used “#firstworldproblems.” A globalized perspective is necessary to dispel Americentric/Eurocentric ideals and give a …

Reviews Web-Junkie

It’s pretty common in our increasingly technologized society to make jokes about addiction to the devices we own and the programs they run. But what if society took those labels seriously, admitting people to rehab for Candy Crush overload or Facebook dependency? Though it sounds like the set up for a groan-worthy indie film called APPetite for …

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