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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Obsession”

Forgotten Friday FlickWith the recent unforgettable five-star doc De Palma that wonderfully examines the work of the iconic film director hitting DVD and Blu-ray soon it felt like the right time for a little past master class in Brian’s bevy of cinematic classics – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  First up we’re heading into the early realms of De Palma’s Hitchcock homage pictures with a film that’s a hypnotic look at one man’s desire to preserve the past.  Passion, guilt, hope and raw human need – in other words…Obsession!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – 6 New Indie Titles

Encapsulated Movie ReviewsA weekend filled with DC bad guys gone good dominates the big screen this week, but there are also a gaggle of indie films to counterbalance all things big budget.  In fact, there are a massive six flicks covered this week and the subjects and themes are delightfully diverse.  From psychic head explosions to call girl protecting services, from art films to documentaries (plus a little wild abandon mid-life crisis thrown in for good measure!) it’s a rapid review look at flicks on a small scale.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews for Sun Choke, Hotline, The Mind’s Eye, Amateur Night, The Tenth Man and There Is A New World Somewhere below!  (Plus go to the bottom for a ‘cinematic sure thing’ recommendation to boot!)

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Suicide Squad Saves The World With Disappointment (Movie Review)

Suicide SquadSuicide Squad needs no further word of mouth to market this one.  Warner Bros. made plenty sure of that with all the various trailers and TV spots.  Heck, Margot Robbie is practically the poster child of this one.  Who needs the Joker and Batman?  She sells the film herself as Harley Quinn, but seriously.  The concept of taking a bunch of criminals, some of which of which are meta-humans, and making them superheroes.  Well, that’s just plain genius when you think about it.  I mean really.  Really think about how brilliant that idea is.  Go on!  Let it sink in real good.  I believe good or bad Warner Bros. may break some box office records for the month of August.  This is all despite people’s disappointment too with the brooding Batman v Superman (BvS) entry. Continue reading ‘Suicide Squad Saves The World With Disappointment (Movie Review)’

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The Messy Guns: From The Files Of ‘Suicide Squad’ (Movie Review)

suicide squad thumbThere’s a scene at the end of the second act of Suicide Squad where Task Force X, a group of supervillains brought together to fight fire with fire (sometimes literally), hang out in a bar. The idea is to have the group relate to each other and come to the conclusion that the world may actually need them to do some good or die trying. This would be an effective scene were the movie not preceded by so much visual chaos and a lack of strong choices when learning about these characters. It is truly a shame, as Suicide Squad was lined up to be a breakout in a fairly bland summer, only to deliver another disappointing attempt to flesh out a comic universe.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Black Book”

Forgotten Friday FlickDanny Boyle did it.  John Woo did it.  Fed up with the Hollywood system they went to their original country of origin and made a fantastic five-star film their way.  This week we’re celebrating the genius that is the crazed Dutchman known as Paul Verhoeven and what a difference coming home can have – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Straight from the Netherlands today’s selection is a classic dramatic tale filled with espionage, action and one kick ass female lead.  (That’s Verhoeven for ya!)  We’re continuing our foreign film affairs with the bold and beautiful…Black Book!

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Batman: The Killing Joke – Who Had The Last Laugh? (Movie Review)

batman the killing joke 3The DC Animated Universe has been providing a lot of solid films to their library in recent years. They seem to lean heavily on Batman, which has its pros and cons, but given the mixed reaction to post-Nolan DC theatrical films, it has been nice to have at least one area that continues to deliver. Adapting Batman: The Killing Joke was always going to be a challenge. The controversial graphic novel is hailed as one of the best Batman/Joker stories ever, but the subject matter is certainly darker than the average Dark Knight tale. Sadly, despite good intentions involving changes and additions, the results feel poorly handled thematically and rushed visually.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – 5 New Indie Titles

Encapsulated Movie ReviewsThis week sees the return of both Jason’s to action – Bourne on the big screen and Coleman on the movie watching scene.  So from women on Wall Street to the after effects of fornicating with a ghost, we’re digging deep and diverse for the latest edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews featuring five new films.  Check out the critical chatter on Equity, Gleason, Into The Forest, Ants On A Shrimp and Lace Crater below!

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Jason Bourne Lays All His Cards Down On The Table (Movie Review)

Jason BourneJason Bourne needs no trailer to sell it.  Let’s be honest of that fact.  When Bourne Identity dropped in 2002 it rejuvenated the stale international spy franchises out there.  Just look at the style of what came next in the Bond series, Casino Royale, as living proof.  Suddenly Bourne-like movies infected our screens everywhere from the mainstream Mission Impossible franchise to even television series like 24.  Yes, technically 24 came out first, but surely you can see the influence of the Bourne films.  What I want to know is what’s up with these “character name” movie titles?  Stallone resurrected two dead franchises like that.  Now I guess it’s Greengrass’ turn, eh? Continue reading ‘Jason Bourne Lays All His Cards Down On The Table (Movie Review)’

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‘Nerve’ Dares To Examine The Thrills Of Social Media (Movie Review)

nerve thumbThe central idea of Nerve is one that sounds both ridiculous and completely accurate, based on the society of today. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (of Catfish fame) have taken a script by Jessica Sharzer, adapted from a YA novel by Jeanne Ryan and developed a high school kids-focused thriller that doubles as social commentary. The results ride the line of plausibility, but there is something to admire in how the style keeps things moving and the premise holds together, despite not finding the best solutions as the stakes get higher.

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Jason Bourne – The Asset That Won’t Go Down (Movie Review)

JBN_Adv1Sheet2_RGB_0414_1One of the main questions going into Jason Bourne was not in regards to the story, as these films largely fall into a template at this point. No, the question to ask is what random tool would Matt Damon’s amnesiac/super would spy use to beat down his challengers. There is an answer to that question and more in this follow-up to 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass. The series may have shifted to a new character the last time around, but for those who wanted more of the character originated in novel form by Robert Ludlum, this film delivers just that.

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Crashes In Third Place (Movie Review)

Star Trek BeyondStar Trek Beyond promises us one thing going in, a departure from J. J. Abrams’ direction.  It of course delivers more, but my main concern was what kind of adventure are we in store for?  For too long now I hear complaints from longtime Trekkies upset over the direction of the first two films.  Most notably, many dismiss the second film as blasphemy.  Rightfully so, but as a new fan to Star Trek I find myself quite fond of Into Darkness (review here).  However, with Star Trek Beyond longtime Trekkies are singing songs of praise about this one.  From what I hear, they love how closely it reminds them of the old television series.  Therein lies the problem for me, but more about that down below. Continue reading ‘‘Star Trek Beyond’ Crashes In Third Place (Movie Review)’

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Cashback”

Forgotten Friday FlickStill feeling somewhat misty-eyed and romantic it seemed right to turn to the Brits this week for a cinematic story about beauty that keeps past foreign film relations rolling – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we’re celebrating the magnificence of women with a movie that captures the female essence in all its glory.  And while it does feature some exposing of the female form in the name of artistry, strength and spirit are fully present as well.  Ladies and gentleman the film that both myself and Mr. Skin put on our Top Ten Films of 2007 (for very different reasons of course!)…Cashback!

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Teamwork & Visuals Push ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Just Another Day In Space (Movie Review)

stbteaserclouds1-shtThis new series of Star Trek films should ideally have been my gateway into getting a better feel for the series. The J.J. Abrams films were not without merit, but even with a changing of hands to director Justin Lin, I seem to still be largely unmoved by what this franchise has to offer. The spectacle is certainly there, the cast is strong and an emphasis on adventure keeps things fairly lighthearted, but as Star Trek Beyond came to it conclusion, I feel like I am just going to have to be resigned to entertaining the existence of these films more than I actually enjoy them.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – 6 New Indie Titles

Encapsulated Movie ReviewsComic-Con and Star Trek stories may be dominating this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the indie film scene is lying low.  We’re taking a gander at a whopping six new films that provide film fans more options.  From dramas to docs, zombies to steampunks, we’re checking out a wide range of interesting and out there topics via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on the films Train To Busan, Captain Fantastic, Hooligan Sparrow, Quitters, Vintage Tomorrows and Under The Sun below!

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‘Lights Out’ Keeps Horror Costs Low (Movie Review)

lights out thumbThere is something quite refreshing about Lights Out. Based on an effective 3-minute horror short, the film’s concept relies on a simple gimmick and seems to borrow a bit thematically from The Babadook in an effort to make a studio-friendly horror film. While there are ways this film could have gone off the rails and even some questionable logic moments, the film actually does good by its characters, with enough fuel to make this an 80-minute horror feature worth the time.

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Ice Age 5: The Mysterious Asteroid (Movie Review)

ice age 5 thumbThe Ice Age film series is about a strange a beast as Sid the sloth. While sequels and diminishing returns can often go hand in hand, this is the rare big-budget animated series that lost its way quickly, yet still manages to find success. Ice Age: Collision Course is not a very good film, as it traffics in all the worst things you would expect from animated family comedies (frequent pop culture references, indifferent stakes, big pop song and dancing into the end credits) and really has nothing to offer in the way of cultural relevance. It’s a shame, as hard work must have gone into the making of the film, yet we are very far away from what made the first film somewhat unique.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Just Another Love Story”

Forgotten Friday FlickThis week we’re once again scouring the foreign movie market for a little romance and who better than the Danish for all things deeply devoted – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today we’re jumping feet first into a foreign film that satisfies cinefile enjoyment for all things enchanted.  Granted there are also elements of drama, mystery, lust and lies, but what love affair is complete without such savory side dishes?  Thrilling and beautiful with a hint of tragedy, we’re dissecting a five-star flick that’s not…Just Another Love Story.

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Don’t Slime Me, ‘Ghostbusters’ Is A Fun Update (Movie Review)

ghostbusters thumbThe prospect of putting together a new Ghostbusters is a daunting one, yet an interesting challenge. While the 1984 fantasy-comedy is regarded by many (including myself) as a classic, the concept of a group of scientists in the business of catching ghosts opens up a world of possibilities. Despite the many people (including the original film’s mastermind and star Dan Aykroyd) who championed a third film, the resulting addition to the franchise is a modern update featuring a new director and cast. Fortunately for them, despite a few bumps, the film is fun summer entertainment.

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