Archive | November 2013

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Blackfish

Tilikum. Surely, you’ve heard of him, right? Probably, the most infamous orca that ever existed, this SeaWorld star has been blamed for the deaths of three people over a span of nineteen years—two of them “killer whale” trainers. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite has combined harrowing real-life footage with eye-opening interviews(from former oceanarium employees)to create a marvelously […]

Dallas Buyers Club

It’s been a bit of a tough go trying to find a way to review this one, because a couple of the performances are top-notch. But the storyline takes the safe route throughout, with a plot that mostly plays like tract. Matthew McConaughey looks like a skeleton playing AIDS-infected homophobe Ron Woodroof, which would be […]

No Hunger for “Catching Fire”

Thanksgiving has just about arrived in the U.S., and it’s traditionally a HUGE weekend for shopping…and movie-going. I’ll probably catch at least one in the theaters myself, but I’m not sure what it will be. Spike Lee’s remake of Chan-wook Park’s “Oldboy”? I’m very curious. Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” with Bruce Dern? If only it would open at […]

The Conjuring

Certainly better than Lili Taylor’s previous high-profile, haunted house offering(1999’s dreadful remake of “The Haunting”), but still with a plateful of issues all its own. “The Conjuring” isn’t awful, but it’s mostly jump scares and creepy, obvious music. Plus, it chooses to wrap with a smarmy historical reference that really stuck in my craw(I won’t […]

Theatre on Video: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on HBO

It honestly was my intention to utilize this category much more frequently when I first announced it over a year ago. Unfortunately, this is only the second time a filmed theatre piece is getting a review here on the blog, so far(so much to see, so little time). A coincidence that both are one-man shows? Yeah, kind […]

12 Years a Slave

It swings for the fences so hard, that only the keenest-eyed umpires(I am not considering myself in their company)appear to be noticing that it’s closer to a ground rule double than a pure blast to the upper deck. Honestly, when was the last time that a film’s buzz was so steeped in nobility that you had […]

Computer Chess

With its advance indie buzz at a pretty impressive level of strength earlier this year, I was pretty certain that “Computer Chess” was going to be a documentary right until I popped the disc in my player. It’s not, but what it is may just defy classification for most viewers, even though it’s already been […]