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Film Review: The Other Son

Switched at Birth-a look at the humanity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Lorraine Levy is a French director who has brought us this tale from the land of Israel and the West Bank.  Simply stated, two babies were switched at birth in 1991 at a Haifa hospital as Saddam Hussein rained SCUD missiles down upon Israel.  In the midst of the confusion, Alon and Orith Silberg brought […]

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THE OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER’S HOME THEATRE: The Last Temptation of Christ

A TALES OF TRUE TERROR! Epilogue

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  Tales of True Terror! An Epilogue THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988, Cineplex Odeon Films/Universal Pictures, dir. Martin Scorsese) “If you look inside me you see fear, that’s all. Fear is my mother, my father, my God.” –The Last Temptation of Christ (movie) “What is ‘truth’? What is ‘falsehood’? Whatever gives wings to men, […]

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THE OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER’S HOME THEATRE: Eraserhead

A SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS Epilogue

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  Spiritual Sundays An Epilogue ERASERHEAD (1977, AFI, dir. David Lynch) FUN FACT: The original screenplay for the above-titled film was a mere 21 PAGES, but the making of that screenplay stretched out over 5 YEARS… In a post-industrial wasteland full of smoke and grinding gears lies a decrepit building in which the soft strains […]

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Film Review: Dolphin Tale 2

Inspiring sequel is a solid family film

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The 2011 movie Dolphin Tale was a family film based on a true story: the rescue and rehabilitation of a bottle nosed dolphin (named Winter) who lost her tail to a crab trap. Winter learned to swim despite her injury, but the creation of a prosthetic tale both reversed damage to her spine and made […]

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Film Review: Kelly & Cal

Can broken people be put back together again?

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Kelly & Cal was an award winner at the 2014 SXSW Festival.  Starring Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, August: Osage County) and Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks, John Dies at the End), this marks the first full-length feature film from director Jen McGowan. Kelly & Cal asks the question, “Can broken people be put back together again”?  It […]

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Film Review: THE MAN ON HER MIND

Stage Adaptation Can't Imagine Rom-Com Success

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  In the world of “indie filmmaking”, there are some pretty readily identifiable tiers. There is of course the Sony Pictures Classics level of indies – the kind of films with budgets reaching well into the millions, featuring recognizable stars and often boasting a theatrical art house run. Then there are the true indies, perhaps […]

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Film Review: Honeymoon

Does this new indie-horror film reinvent the genre?

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Honeymoon is the debut film from Leigh Janiak, as well as her first writing credit (which she shares with Phil Graziadei).  Despite its very slim budget, Honeymoon is able to compete with some of the larger franchises out there. The story follows two newlyweds named Bea (Rose Leslie-Game of Thrones and Downtown Abbey) and Paul […]

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Film Review: God Help the Girl

New Indie Musical is a Precious, Pretty Disappointment

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There is a terrible punchline to my viewing of God Help the Girl. I started watching this new indie film knowing very little about it, I confess. I love a good musical and have a weakness for sentimental quirk, and God Help the Girl looked to be right up my alley. The movie needed to […]

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THE OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER’S HOME THEATRE: A Clockwork Orange

A TALES OF TRUE TERROR! Special

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  Tales of True Terror! IV. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971, Warner Bros., dir. Stanley Kubrick) “I was cured all right.” “Heatherstonehaugh(“Hanshaw”), Bough(“boff”)ley-on-Heath, Blaughk(“blecch”)enshire; 13 January 1972″… An old man was beaten near to death by a roving gang of youthful miscreants dressed in white puffy shirts and pantaloons, Jolly Roger tri-cornered hats, and black velvet […]

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After the Show: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

Is This Blood-Soaked Follow-Up Too Little, Too Late?

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It has been nearly a decade since Robert Rodriguez’s visually groundbreaking, hyper-stylized, pop-noir graced the silver screen. 2005’s “Sin City” was a notorious cult hit and gained a wide commercial success during its box office run. The same cannot be said for the uninspired follow-up, which is very likely to swing a hatchet into the […]