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Reviews What-we-do-in-the-shadows

There are no words that I can find that can accurately express how much I enjoyed this film. It’s a silly romp of a movie with a ridiculous concept, but if anything that’s what makes What We Do In The Shadows work. It’s a mockumentary about vampires. Bear with me.

Film Festival Girlhood

The original French title of Céline Sciamma’s third feature film is Bande de filles, which roughly translates as ‘group of girls.’ As the title implies, Sciamma here continues her thematic coordinates of female identities, specifically in Parisian spaces, as she focuses on a group of young women who live in the ethnic banlieues …

Reviews Kindsman-the-secret-service

Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Stardust, Cake) may never direct an entry in the official Bond canon (No. 23, Spectre, is currently in production under Sam Mendes’ guidance), but Kingsman: The Secret Service, an adaptation of Mark Millar (Nemesis, Civil War, Wanted) and Dave Gibbons’ (Watchmen) comic-book ….

Reviews The-Rewrite-2014

Screenwriter Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) has been treading water in Hollywood for fifteen years, his laurels firmly resting on a single Oscar-winning script and little else. Now, short on salable ideas and with Southern California Edison breathing down his neck, Michaels agrees to take on a resident teaching position at …

Reviews In-Her-Place

A dirt road surrounded by trees and bushes; a dilapidated farmstead; cracked and peeling walls; a middle-aged woman jogging in an unfamiliar town; the imaginative flights of a teenage girl; an older woman hunched in a field uprooting vegetables.

Reviews 50-shades-of-grey

The only discernible difference between a Disney fairy tale and Fifty Shades of Grey is…ya know…the blindfolds and handcuffs and leather floggers. Rather than a crown of jewels, this story deals in pearl necklaces – although even that seems out of this film’s realm, which is more an environment of chaste courtship posing ….

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.35.16 AM

I am not, generally speaking, a SpongeBob fan. Having said that, this movie is quite humorous and in many ways fresh and original. The primary parts of the trailer don’t happen until the end of the film, leaving most of it traditionally animated in the form of the show, but the idea is clever and the execution has the …

Reviews Jupiter-Ascending-Review

There’s something about The Wachowski’s films that I’ve never liked. After coming home after a late screening of their most recent bloated sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, I put on The Matrix just to try and remind myself what I don’t like about their pictures. I’ve never been a huge fan of The Matrix or its sequels (at …

Berlinale Ixcanul (dir. Jayro Bustamante, 2015)

Director Jayro Bustamante’s first feature film Ixcanul is an indigenous drama set in a Mayan community in the rural and rough Guatemalan highlands. Not only is it Bustamante’s first feature, it is further the first official entry of a Guatemalan film competing at the Berlinale. The film’s title refers to a local volcano, constantly present as not only a picturesque yet threatening setting but also a representation of…

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