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Short Film Monday: “The Glitch”

Why Watch?: Think of Joe Fordham’s 12 minute short “The Glitch” as a B episode of Community.  It functions as a clever deconstruction of action film paradigms.  A man struggles with sleep one night, willing away the time watching all of the horrible programming available when no one else is awake to watch it, when […]

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Review: Beautiful and Haunting, ‘Melancholia’ is a Masterpiece

Of all of the “controversial” Directors out there, I have the least experience with Lars Von Trier.  His movies have more or less always been the wrong kind of controversial for my tastes.  As much as I love dark subject matter, gore, violence, and a profound story, I draw the line when it comes to having to […]

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Don’t Beware “The Ides of March” (2011)

Being a Canadian, I’m endlessly fascinated by the American Political system.  You guys have it all: controversy; intrigue; interesting (usually in more ways than one) political candidates.  For me, watching American politics is often like bearing witness to a well-written “reality” television show.  The characters are believable enough as human beings to suspend your disbelief, but […]

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“Real Steel” is as cold and heartless as the metal from which it’s name derives (2011)

Being a relatively large sci-fi nerd, going into Real Steel I had a number of questions.  “Why is it that a civilization would have the technology to create complex and sophisticated robots and use them only for boxing matches?”  “Are the robots sentient?  Are they aware that the hundreds of humans who scream at them […]

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Messed Up Movie Month: Mini Review – Dogtooth (2010)

I think the world would be a much better place if everyone were raised by my parents.  I don’t know if I’m the first person to ever make this bold proclamation, but it rings true nonetheless.  I don’t say this because I think my parents are in any way perfect — at least not in […]

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“Messed Up Movie Month” Review: The Loved Ones (2009)

There’s something to be said about a film’s ability to escalate.  Recently we got a great example of how tastefully done escalation can work to enhance a film in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.  The film started off subdued and quiet, but tension slowly built until the film reached its bloody and violent third act.  This […]

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“50/50” Review (2011)

Apart from maybe zombies and terrorists, the movie hero really has no greater foil than Cancer.  It’s used multiple times per year to varying degress of success, and this years entry into Hollywoods cannon of Cancer fighting films 50/50, is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. Working off a script derived from the […]

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Required Watching: The Evolution of a Dramedy Icon – “Observe and Report”

Required Watching is a weekly segment where I take a look at three films that in one way or another are related to the coming week’s major release.  They represent film’s I’ve always wanted to see, have seen and want to revisit, or films that I just think are worth talking about.  This week I’m […]

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Required Watching: The Evolution of a Dramedy Icon – “Funny People”

Required Watching is a weekly segment where I take a look at three films that in one way or another are related to the coming week’s major release.  They represent film’s I’ve always wanted to see, have seen and want to revisit, or films that I just think are worth talking about.  This week I’m […]

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“Gob Bless America” Review (2011)

I don’t know if this comes across in my writing at all, but I’m a ridiculously cynical person.  For the most part I don’t really like people.  I’m not sure how to explain it exactly, but I think the majority of my experiences with the human race, apart from my friends, has been less than desirable.  Thus, […]

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