Monthly Archives: October 2014

Birdman – Film Review

At the beginning of the new comic/drama Birdman – full title Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – you see a shot of a falling comet about to crash and burn.   It’s a quick image and one you might forget seconds after the seemingly single, two-hour tracking shot begins; but later, when you look […]

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John Wick – Film Review

Considering the economy of dialog, the never-ending pile of dead or mutilated bodies and the fact that there’s not a single good-guy character in the whole film – everyone’s bad – not to mention it stars Keanu Reeves, why the new action thriller John Wick is so unabashedly entertaining is difficult to say, but it […]

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Whiplash – Film Review

When feared music instructor Terence Fletcher (J.K.Simmons) enters the room, everything stops.   Students immediately end their warm ups and stare at the ground.   For those first few moments, there’s no eye-contact.   No one would dare.   And Fletcher doesn’t just enter; he bursts through those doors with all the dramatic flare of a dangerous gunman about […]

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Ouija – Film Review

If there were two things we learned from the mother of all demonic possession movies, The Exorcist, it would be the following:  1) Don’t believe what an evil spirit tells you – it lies, and 2)  never play with a Ouija board.   Evidently, the principle teenage players in the new horror adventure Ouija have never […]

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Stonehearst Asylum – Film Review

Those familiar with Edgar Allan Poe’s dark, short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Father may be surprised how closely Stonehearst Asylum, the new Gothic mystery from England with the all-star cast, resembles the author’s original work.   The French location is now a place in rural England and the situations and outcomes are […]

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Dear White People – Film Review

“Dear white people,” broadcasts the sultry sounding voice of college student, Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) over the campus radio.   “The minimum number of black friends needed to show you’re not racist has been raised to two.” She then adds, sounding like a late-night FM jock announcing dedications between love songs, “And sorry, your weed man […]

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