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Film Festival Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 8.46.35 AM

Lowlife Love’s opening scene, in some sense, encapsulates its portrait of the (highly sexualised) challenges and sacrifices endemic to filmmaking and the idea of ‘getting ahead’: in the context of a morning after, a woman gets dressed while the man still sleeps; he wakes up, and when she has …

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 6.55.43 PM

Breaking A Monster films the rise of Unlocking the Truth, a metal band consisting of 13 year olds -Guitarist and lead vocalist Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, and Alec Atkins. Directed by Luke Meyer, the film documents the tribulations of entering the music business.

Film Festival Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 6.38.57 PM

The opening film of the tenth edition of Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film is writer-director Okita Shuichi’s latest feature. Matsuda Ryuhei plays a thrash metal vocalist, and the film opens with a close-up of his face while from his throat emanate rough, growling sounds that may or may not be …

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 6.26.10 PM

The Dresser (Anchor Bay), starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, is the second screen adaptation of the play by Ronald Harwood. During a night at a small English regional theatre during World War II, a troupe of touring actors is about to stage a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Though the night is filled with the sounds of war — bombs falling and air raid sirens wailing — the curtain is going up in one hour. However, Sir (Hopkins) …

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 1.06.59 PM

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a flaming hot mess. Since the movie is depicting a quadrant of ridiculous hot messes, I suppose one could argue that at least the filmmakers approached the material at ground level, matching the content delivery to its characters’ mode of conduct. Perhaps that’s …

Reviews Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 5.44.52 PM

The American Dream is dead. Long live the American Dream. The old school version of the American died sometime around the turn of the millennium if not sooner. It died when the basic tenets of the American Dream – more comforting myth than a reflection of reality – of ever upward social progress …

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