Apr 22 2010

The Losers

Due to an early screening of The Losers, LS2FG writers James Goux and B.S. Hadland have brought back the Film Duel to share both of their opinions on the film. You’ll find James’ review below Benn’s.  More after the jump.
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Dec 9 2009

Dance of the Dead

This week marks the FINAL FILM DUEL in its regular sense. Yes, that’s right, Benn and I have decided to retire the format in favor of solo reviews for now. This allows us to review more of the movies we want, offer you more content per week, and does away with that pesky problem of us agreeing on everything. If we do find we disagree strongly, there’s always room for rebuttal reviews, right? This doesn’t mean you’ll never see a Film Duel review again, but we’ll save them for times when we know the movie is truly fitting of the treatment. In the mean time, please savor the column in its final death moans, as we review the ultra-low-budget film Dance of the Dead. It’s zombies at a high school prom, what could go wrong?

Dance of the Dead
Year: 2008
Directed by: Gregg Bishop
Written by: Joe Ballarni
Starring: Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick
Genre: Horror (Zombie)

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Dec 2 2009

The Road

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week the guys break from their schedule to check out a movie in theaters now, and one that’s being talked about as a possible Oscar contender (especially with the expanded ten best picture nominations).

The Road
Year: 2009
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Written by: Joe Penhall
Based on: Novel by Cormac McCarthy
Starring: Viggo Mortenson, Charlize Theron
Genre: Drama

Benn and James’ reviews and rebuttals follow after the jump.

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Nov 25 2009

The Dirty Dozen

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. Classic movies can be difficult to review, but we’re going to try another one. See what Benn and James thought of The Dirty Dozen, a film who’s Film Duel selection was based on its similarities and influences on Quentin Tarantino’s recent Inglourious Basterds.

The Dirty Dozen
Year: 1967
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Written by: Nunnally Johnson and Lukas Heller
Starring: Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes and Donald Sutherland
Genre:

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Nov 18 2009

Rio Bravo

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible.  This week we take on Rio Bravo, a traditional western as done by the legendary Howard Hawks. It’s got four rather classic stars in it, including the requisite John Wayne.  What do the guys think of this “influential” classic?  Read on, good sirs and madams, read on.

Rio Bravo
Year: 1959
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Written by: Jules Furthman and Leigh Bracket
Starring: John Wayne and Dean Martin
Genre: Western

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Nov 11 2009

Four Rooms

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week’s film is the fractured Four Rooms, the result of four indie darling nineties directors working together to create one film. Can the film carry a unified tone and story?

Four Rooms
Year: 1995
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell
Written by: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell
Starring: Tim Roth, Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Ione Skye, Marissa Tomei
Genre: Comedy

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Oct 28 2009

Wild at Heart

wild_at_heart_ver1Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we take on the bizarre Wild at Heart. It’s a film that may be one of David Lynch’s more straightforward, but for any other filmmaker is about as strange as they come.

Wild at Heart
Year: 1990
Directed by: David Lynch
Written by: David Lynch
Based on Novel by: Barry Gifford
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe
Genre: Crime

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Oct 21 2009

A Serious Man

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. The newest Coen brothers movie, A Serious Man, is in theaters now. Benn and James were so excited about it, that they got an early jump on its release. You’ll find that this is one of our most in depth reviews yet, as there’s a lot of meat to talk about with this film.

A Serious Man
Year: 2009
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Written by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind
Genre: Drama, Comedy (Dark Comedy)

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Oct 14 2009

The Killer

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible.  For those who liked the action in Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2, we review one of the earlier works of John Woo, from before he made the transition to U.S. soil.  The Killer, is one of his better known, and better respected films, and this week we take it on as part of our film duel column.

The Killer
Year: 1989
Directed by: John Woo
Written by: John Woo
Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee, Kong Chu
Genre: Action, Crime

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Oct 7 2009

Gunga Din

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we take on our oldest film yet, the adventure classic Gunga Din.  This is not only a showcase for Cary Grant, but also a molder of the genre that inspired such classics as the Indiana Jones series.

Gunga Din
Year: 1939
Directed by: George Stevens
Written by:
Starring: Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Genre: Adventure

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