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

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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Jan 22 2011

The Mechanic (1972)

Though it lacks some hard-hitting, Bronson-approved violence, it is oddly thought provoking. 3 out of 4

Charles Bronson and director Michael Winner are most famous for their work on the Death Wish series, which set the tone for shoot ‘em up revenge movies for years to come.  The Mechanic, in which Bronson plays a hit man for a criminal organization, may carry similar bang-bang expectations, but many will be surprised that the film is a bit slower and more clever than anything the two did in Death Wish.

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Jan 7 2011

Black Swan

Dark, infectious, and one hell of a ride. One of the year's best. Deal with it. 4/4

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is something of a hallucinogenic fairy tale about madness, transformation, and the ballet.  Being an Aronofsky film, however, the film is less sweet and fluffy, and more akin to the Brothers Grimm style: dark, creepy, and grotesque.

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Jan 1 2011

Coming Soon (for Better or Worse)!!!

Well, it is a new year, and with it a new slew of highly-anticipated Hollywood blockbusters, not to mention more regular content from the site.  No doubt many of you have kept up with the rumor mill of Hollywood; oodles and boodles of remakes, reboots and superhero sagas are being planned for the big screen.

Which ones are you eagerly awaiting?  Which ones are you eagerly awaiting to hate on?  Following the jump are some of the films we’re most excited for, and some that we’re complaining about already.

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Nov 17 2010

Catfish

One of the most natural and engaging documentaries I've seen. 3.5 out of 4

It is interesting that Catfish be released soon after The Social Network, as both films present some insightful portrayals of the Facebook generation.  While Social Network traced Facebook’s less-than humble beginnings, Catfish captures a real piece of the culture that followed soon after.

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