April 21, 2010

The Cartel

summary: Bob Bowden directs this look at the (college-admissions) corruption within America's public school system and the (school-system) bureaucracy associated with the establishment of charter schools as an (social-issues) alternative option for students seeking a superior education.

Film Details:
Directed by: Bob Bowdon
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA

Top 10 Horror Films of all Time

Dracula (1992)
The Descent (2005)
Psycho (1960)
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
House of Wax (1953)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Scream (1996)
Saw (2004)
Alien (1974)
Carrie (1976)

April 15, 2010

Everyone Else

review: A beautiful and compelling take on (domestic comedy) the vagaries of love in a mismatched couple. (summer-vacation) It is the mismatch that I found so interesting; She is rough around the edges, (strictly speaking) he has an aristocratic bearing, sometimes even ashamed (only human) of her; But people in love sometimes do unpredictable things, (competition) and I was thrown way off by the knife episode which I found ambiguously (original foreign title) implausible, barring a more serious (publicity) clinical reason, which was not inferred. 80/100

Film Details:
Directed by: Maren Ade
Genres: Drama, Romance
Countries: Germany
MPAA Rating: NR
Run Time: 119 min
Released by: Prokino

cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka, and Mira Partecke

April 14, 2010

Black Waters of Echo's Pond, The (2010 movie, videos, screens)

review: Possibly the WORST movie to ever hit theatres. It's movies like this that unfortunately give the Supernatural Horror genre a bad name.

Film Details:
Directed by: Gabriel Bologna
Genres: Horror
Countries: USA
MPAA Reasons: for bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity

After.Life (2010)

review: This film was a waste of celluloid, (near death) and my admission fee. Save yourself (film starts with sex) some money and see something else.

Film Details:
Directed by: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Genres: Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Countries: USA
Cast: Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long
Rating: R for nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality.

April 13, 2010


review: Ben Stiller is wonderfully (existential crisis) believable as Greenberg. Some of the back and forth between Greenberg (fish out of water) and his brother, Greenberg and the 20 something crowd, (men's friendship) and Greenberg and various friends who haven't seen (anxiety) him for 15 years is worth watching.

Film Details:
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Countries: USA

MPAA Reasons: for some strong sexuality, drug use, and language

released by: Focus Features

April 8, 2010

Prodigal Sons

review: Great and thought-provoking. (interpersonal relationships) It's reality...no, make that a sort of hyper-reality...that's (estrangement) stranger than fiction. And the movie leaves u with a altogether (reconciliation) new sense of the challenges and importance of family. Powerful stuff.

Film Details:
Directed by: Kimberly Reed
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA

April 4, 2010

Clash of the Titans

review: Epic story, over condensed, (sword-and-sandal) with too much focus on action that quite frankly sucked. (man-vs-gods) This film was terrible. (princess) I expected it to be less (Mythological Fantasy) than good going in, and was still very disappointed. The 3D was nothing special either.

Film Details:
Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Countries: UK, USA

April 2, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

review: Truely amazing, this film is the first (children's fantasy) good non-Pixar CGI animated film since Kung Fu Panda (Fathers and Sons). It is a true marvel, and the main dragon, Toothless, really tops it off (unlikely heroes) with his cute/action packed nature. It is a charmer, yet also filled with (mythical creatures) tons of action and an in-depth story that (atmospheric) truely is not something to be missed.

Film Details:
Directed by: Dean DeBlois / Chris Sanders

Genres: Animation, Adventure

Countries: USA