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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Jun 30 2010

Midnight Run

Comedy was one of my favorite genres growing up, and alongside action films, this constituted a great portion of my viewing.  I love a good comedy film, but once again I’ll repeat, I love a good comedy film.  I feel like only two or three of the comedies per year really pan out for me, but for a long time I loved going back to older comedies, finding it easy to appreciate them despite their “datedness” that I’ve heard complaints of from others.  Unfortunately, when it comes to the selection at your local Blockbuster, I feel like I’ve literally run through all the good comedies.  In fact, I’ve run through so many comedies that even the films I’ve seen recommended in various places that have shot to the top of my Blockbuster queue are starting to bore me.  Such was not the case with the most recent of these selections, Midnight Run, starring Robert DeNiro and the highly underrated straight man Charles Grodin. Continue reading


Feb 24 2010

Shutter Island

Let’s just be clear from the start.  It’s not often these days that a film causes me to constantly think to myself, This is so awesome. But sitting in a darkened theater, watching Shutter Island, the latest from Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Di Caprio, that is exactly what I was thinking.  Martin Scorsese is a master of the medium, so this is certainly no surprise, but seldom has his work been this much fun.  Not only does this film pay homage to the greats of the thriller genre while fleshing itself as a full-fledged entry itself, but it’s also an example of some of the finest filmmaking execution I’ve seen in some time.

As always, I’ll stay brief with my synopsis.  Di Caprio plays Teddy Daniels, a federal marshal who, alongside his partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) goes to an island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a highly secure mental institution for the criminally insane.  And let the eerie events ensue. Continue reading


Aug 26 2009

13 Tzameti

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 Benn and James tackle the french thriller, 13 Tzameti. You can’t blame them for having to get a little cryptic with this one, they’re only trying not to spoil the movie for you.

13 Tzameti
Year: 2005
Directed by: Géla Babluani
Written by: Géla Babluani
Starring: George Babluani
Genre: Thriller

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