Archive for the ‘Sundance selection’ Category

Perfect sense

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011


Perfect sense trailer
Once in our lives. We all were asked. “If you were to lose a sense. What sense would it be?” Sight, hearing, touch, taste or perhaps smell. Well in this film you will get to explore losing more.

Michael (Ewan MacGregor) is a chef in a local Glasgow Scotland restaurant. His attachment to women. Usually last till he needs sleep. Susan (Eva Green) is a epidemiologist who has the worst luck in relationships. When the two meet in the alley shared by his restaurant and her apartment. They find something they have been looking for. Love! With a sudden loss of smell spreading the world. Susan tries to figure out why. But, it eventually affects everyone. As the world adapts to their new way of living. They are affected once again by the loss of taste. As everyone continues to adjust. Their senses are systematically destroyed.

This film is brilliantly directed by David Mackenzie. The film pulls you in and provides you with experience like no other. It gives you the opportunity to feel the loss of your senses. I give this film a

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Take Shelter

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011


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I am sure we all have panicked in our lives. Or felt the anxiety a bit overwhelming. Well this film will take that feeling to a new level. And expose it.

Curtis (Michael Shannon) is a hard working family man. Dedicated to keeping his young hearing challenged daughter safe. Curtis and his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and his daughter reside in a rural town in Ohio. Struggling like most Americans to make ends meet. Curtis finds himself obsessed with building a shelter. Compounded by nightmares and intuition. Curtis finds himself battling not only his peers. But, a family affliction. Paranoid schizophrenia.

Director Jeff Nichols takes you on a ride you are sure never to forget. Allow the film portrays a fear to a apocalyptic type storm. The underlying issue is something we all relate to. Family needs and the shelter we take in them to feel safe. Whether struggling with unemployment, overwhelming debt or medical issues. We all fear the worse and bury ourselves in a shelter. I give this film a

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The Tillman Story

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010


The Tillman Story Trailer
Very few films spark my interest months in advance. Last year when Sundance announced they will be screening a film about Pat Tillman in the 2010 Sundance film fest. I was hoping and praying I was able to get into one of the screenings. But, no such luck. I had to wait. And wait I did. Now the film is in limited release in San Francisco. So, I had to go the first night.

This documentary by Amir Bar-Lev tackles a very difficult issue on many levels. Fratricide is a latin word meaning “to kill brother”. In the military we call it “blue on blue”. Commonly referred to as “friendly fire”. There is nothing glamorous or heroic about such an act. No one is able to escape the pain of “Blue on blue”. Whether you pulled the trigger or you are the family of the victim. It is a sad but, true occurrence of war. But, nothing hurts more than when the government you are fighting for hides the truth from everyone. And that is exactly what the “Bush” administration did to the Tillman family.

As many know Pat was a professional football player. And after the tragedy of 9/11. He felt compelled to put that on hold. To do what he felt was right. He joined the U.S Army to become a Ranger and help the government fight a war on terrorism. Pat refused to do media interviews. And refused a military burial if he was killed while serving. Pat’s fear of the government using him as a PR pawn. Unfortunately came true. While in Afghanistan. Pat’s Ranger platoon was told to split into two serials. One would move forward to the objective. The other was to escort a broken down HumVee back to another village. (Which in my opinion and proper procedure is a no-go.) Somewhere along the way serial 2 turned around and tried to link back up with serial 1(Pat’s serial). Once serial 1 reached their objective. They heard mortar rounds and a fire fight behind their location. Serial 1 knew it had to be serial 2 caught in a fire fight. So, Pat grabbed his fire team and headed up the mountain to get a better vantage point. What happened next was what all soldiers fear. “The fog of war” getting shot at by your own team. And this is where Pat’s life was taken.

Although everyone there knew that this was a fratricide. They were told not to say a word. And what the government did from this point is beyond words. This documentary examines the life of Pat and his family’s struggle to expose the truth.

Very few people in my opinion should be labeled a hero. But, Pat Tillman is one who is deserving of such a label. I highly recommend this to everyone. This is not about “Right-wing” or “left-wing”. It is about what is right and true. And if it is a painful truth. All need to be told so. This is a

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Bronson

Friday, February 26th, 2010


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I have always been a fan of “Based on actual events” type films. This is no different. This artsy, brilliant look into the life of England’s most notorious prisoner. Keeps you engaged the entire time.

Michael Peterson (Tom Hardy) was your average run of the mill bloke. Trying to raise money for his newborn. Michael saws of the barrel of his shotgun. And decides to rob a post office. But, he gets nabbed. Now faced with a four year sentence. Michael decides he wants to make a name for himself. So, he transforms himself into his alter ego. Charles Bronson. From here on out Bronson raises so much havoc and damage. That he is released and sent back on the streets. Quickly he is back in jail and causing more chaos. From kidnapping gaurds to fighting all the gaurds. Bronson is a loose cannon. Spending 34 years in jail. 30 of which are in solitaire. Bronson certainly makes a name for himself.

At first I thought this film was going to be much like my beloved film “Chopper”. Though there are similarities. This film takes a look into the psyche of a mad man. I recommend sitting down and taking a look at this film. I give this a nut kicking

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Black Dynamite

Friday, February 26th, 2010


Black Dynamite Trailer

Ahhhh Hell Yeah! Bring back “Blaxploitation” films. This is a throw back to the great films of it’s genre. With films like “Superfly”, “Shaft” and “Foxy Brown”. And who could forget the classic “Gayniggers from Outer Space”. Yes, that was a film. “Black Dynamite” brings back the pimpin’, hard hitting lifestyle to film.

When Black Dynamite’s brother is killed by Heroin dealing gangsters. This former C.I.A agent is given his license to kill. Set out to find his brother’s killers. Dynamite stumbles upon a government funded plan. Now Dynamite must stop this diabolical plan.

I absolutely enjoyed this film. It is what it is. A “blaxploitation” film. It pulls no punches or tries to hide that fact. With a stunning cast. Including Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Brian McKnight and Michael Jai White as “Black Dynamite”. This film is entertaining and laugh out loud hilarious. I want more of these films. I give this a Malt liquor tilting

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Precious: Based on a Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


Precious Trailer

I have watched some depressing films. But, this may take the cake. I couldn’t bring myself to cry. The only emotion that kept creeping up on me was ANGER.

Precious (Gabourey Sibide) an overweight, illiterate Harlem teen. Pregnant with her second child. Finds herself expelled from school. An opportunity for her to attend a secondary school is offered to her. Mary (Mo’Nique) Precious’ mother refuses to let her daughter go. For fear they will take away her welfare. Precious goes anyway. Finding the strength she needs at this school and the inspiration in her teacher Miss Rain (Paula Patton). Precious decides to come clean with the welfare department. Explaining to them the abuse endured by the hands of her mother. She also reveals the father of her children is her own father. You raped her.

The film is brilliant. The direction and acting is amazing. However, I could never recommend someone to watch this. It is too depressing. I am not sure if this based on some sort of reality. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. I give this a very cautious

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Homewrecker

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Low budget allows one to create big art. This film captures that. Directed by Todd and Brad Barnes. This film takes a unusual approach to a romantic comedy.
Mike (Anslem Richardson) is recently paroled felon. Currently working as a locksmith. Living in a work release program. Mike is called out to repair a lock. This particular job is far more than Mike had bargained for. This is where we meet Margo (Ana Reeder). Margo is free-spirited gal. Who thinks her boyfriend is having an affair. As Mike helps Margo get into an apartment. Yes, I said an apartment. This is where the all day adventure begins. From a slightly misplaced work van, to harmless spying. The movie is filled with screwball behavior.

I am not sure this film is going to be picked up for wide release. But, if it is released in some form. It is worth checking out. The acting by Anslem is spot on. The direction is big budget on no budget. I give this film a solid

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Happythankyoumoreplease

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Happythankyoumoreplease is about Sam a twenty something New York short story writer. After a long night and mad rush to an important publishing meeting he is burden with the responsibility of returning a lost child, Rasheen.

Written, directed, and starring Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother fame has assembled a complex multi layered story. A confused anti-hero, a young couple grappling with progression, and a women suffering from alopecia that finds beauty in the most curious way. Radnor executes this romantic comedy without forcing his characters into insincere moments and still manages to make us feel warm and fuzzy insideā€¦ Just as the genre intended.

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The Romantics

Friday, January 29th, 2010


The Romantics is a story of eight college friends who all come together for a wedding between two of them years later. This is a film about love, friendship, family and betrayal.

The director did a great job with her casting choices and managed to get a group of A- list actors for this independent film. This film Is not only entertaining but will make you think about the different relationships people hang on to and why. It is definitely worth seeing, I give this an

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One too many mornings

Friday, January 29th, 2010


Located in the “NEXT” category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Brings light to the “NEXT” big thing. Director Michael Mohan sheds the excess baggage of relationships. And brings to the screen a raw depiction of youth, love and drinking.
Shot in black and white. The film takes place in a church. Where Fisher lives free of rent and coaches youth soccer. His friend Pete drops by unexpectedly. Pete tells his boss his father died. And then proceeds to tell Fisher that was a lie. And that his girlfriend cheated on him. So, Fisher sets out to get Pete laid. Cougars no doubt. As the film develops. Fisher’s crude behavior takes spotlight. His drinking takes hold and drives him to regret his actions. Finally, when all truths are revealed. We get a great sense of understanding.
Although this film has a “Swingers” feel to it. It doesn’t have the acting ability to carry that feeling. I did enjoy the film. I laugh and felt the hardships. So, I will give this a mild

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