May 20 2012

Peter Weller gives rousing lecture following ‘Robocop’ screening

Peter Weller hijacks Q&A at Hero Complex

Popcorn, Italian art, Phillip K. Dick and Michelangelo Antonioni were only a few of the things Peter Weller talked about following a screening of “Robocop” at the Hero Complex Film Festival last Saturday in Los Angeles.  And don’t even get him started on process trailers.

Geoff Boucher conducted his ever-growing Hero Complex Film Festival at the Regal LA Live Stadium, starting on May 18 and ending on the 21st.  On Saturday morning, the festival began its triple feature with Paul Verhoeven’s “Robocop,” followed by “A Clockwork Orange” and “SUPER.” Continue reading

Apr 3 2012

This Charming Man: Ashley Cahill talks films, influences and “Charm.”

Ashley Cahill on the set for his debut film, "Charm."

Sporting a red-checkered jacket and sunglasses with a copy of “The New York Times” tucked under his arm, independent filmmaker Ashley Cahill strolled onto Larchmont Boulevard on a sunny Wednesday afternoon to discuss his debut film “Charm,” as well as his influences and favorite films.

“There are people who like movies, and there are people who like their movies,” said the 34 year-old Englishman.  “I like movies,” which speaks to Cahill’s great enthusiasm and knowledge about film.

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Mar 25 2012

“The Hunger Games” victorious at the box office

“The Hunger Games” took in 155 million dollars last weekend, making it the third largest grossing film on an opening weekend of all time.  The odds were certainly in their favor.

Given the massive fanbase and hype surrounding the film, there was very little doubt that “The Hunger Games” was going to be a massive hit.  But amidst a box office dry spell and a prior 200 million dollar, big-budgeted bust, anything that breaks the 100 million mark in March is worth taking notice.

Mar 17 2012

American Cinematheque raises its glass to Malcolm McDowell

British thespian Malcolm McDowell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday morning, then hosted a double feature of “A Clockwork Orange” and “Time After Time” at the Egyptian Theater later that evening.

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Feb 20 2012

Coming Soon: Vampire Hunting Lincoln and Nazis from Space!

Trailers for “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Iron Sky” recently hit the Internet.  Those who have heard of these films are understandably excited, and those who are unaware of either will be marking their calendars shortly thereafter.

Feb 20 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Well.... at least it's not "Daredevil."

I walked out of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance not really knowing what I had just seen.  It is a terrible movie, but it is unabashedly ambitious in a way that somehow manages to wrestle from the audience something that resembles respect.  Not actual respect, mind you, and not enough of it to warrant any real praise, but there is something so odd about a film this bad, but made with this much passion.

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Feb 20 2012

The Trip

A bit unfocused, but very funny and well acted. 3 out of 4.

The trailers for The Trip make the film out to be a madcap comedy.  Truth is, The Trip contains a number of genres, from comedy to foodie to road movie to character drama, and for the most part, they all work.

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Jul 15 2011


Weird, original and enticing, but very misguided. 2/4

Rubber is about a sentient tire named Robert that rolls around the highways of the American Southwest, becomes infatuated with a young woman, and blows peoples’ heads off via telekinesis.  Naturally, when word of this film hit the Internet early last year, people were understandably perplexed and excited; it was the right side of bizarre.

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Jul 7 2011

Midnight in Paris

Utterly Charming. A True Delight. 4/4.

Since his cinematic move to Europe, Woody Allen has continued experimenting with a variety of styles and genres, ranging from mysteries to romance to morality tales, most of which were of a much darker tone than what one would expect from the famed filmmaker.  In Midnight in Paris, Allen breaks away from this trend and delivers one of his most charming, optimistic films of his career.

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May 20 2011

The Avengers: Will They Do [Us] Justice?

With the succession of Marvel films throughout the last three years, The Avengers has become the most anticipated film of the film season, more so even than The Dark Knight Rises.  With the film’s principle photography having begun in late April, the upcoming comic book epic is no longer an upcoming project discussed on the internet and Comic-Con, but can now be seen upon the horizon.

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