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Short Term 12 Demands (And Commands) Your Attention


short121Imagine starting a new job at a foster care facility for at-risk children. On your first day you meet your coworkers and hear some of their stories. One colleague gleefully recounts his embarrassing story of an unfortunate combination of his own bowel trouble and a child that broke free from the compound. Suddenly, a screaming boy bolts from the building behind you.

Your storyteller and his seasoned colleague begrudgingly put their coffee down and tell you to follow. The three of you chase down the maniacal boy and restrain him on the ground until his feverish screaming subsides. When your storyteller’s breathing regulates, he finishes the tale of pants-soiling shame as if nothing extraordinary had just occurred.

This is the magnetic opening scene of Short Term 12, the beautiful, gut-wrenching story of broken kids and previously broken adults trying to come to terms with their pasts. Continue reading

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Snowpiercer Is A Must-See


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Entertainment Weekly released its “Apocalypse Issue” this week with a Mad Max cover and various stories of zombies, plagues and disaster. The slate of apocalyptic, dystopian-future-set films is vast and often interchangeable. One issue that has yet to be exhausted in the last few years, however, is climate change. In comes the environmental warning, culture-meld that is Snowpiercer.

Written and directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host; Memories of Murder) and based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer tackles climate change with fierce bleakness, often glaring at the audience with a stark warning of how carnal life can get in the darkest (and coldest) of hours. Continue reading

Must Watch: Black Mirror Episode 1


I haven’t posted in a while and had planned on tossing this review up at some point, but today I found out “Black Mirror” is making its way to the U.S. on the DirecTV channel tonight. So now is as good a time as any!

(The Guardian)

(The Guardian)

Embarrassment and shame often manifest in our adolescence. We see children dressed in wild outfits with mismatched color schemes and oddball designs, completely unashamed. Once we reach adolescence and subsequently adulthood, we go to the ends of the earth in an effort to avoid embarrassment. The humiliation of others, however, is an addictive spectacle with tractor beam capabilities for attracting an audience. Continue reading

The B…B…Brilliance of The King’s Speech


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I don’t need to tell you of how brilliant The King’s Speech is. How beautifully it captures a royal’s struggle, makes him human. How the excellent screenplay—coupled with deliberate, careful editing—pushes the story along in a breezy, natural way. How each and every scene conveys an important message or emotion that is vital to the tale.

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The Way, Way Back


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Admit to it or not, but at some point in your life you’ve likely felt lost, or alone. You revert back into yourself because that’s where you know you’re safest. Worst of all, it stays like that until a special person or event brings you out of your shell and shows you that change is good. Life beyond your routine is worth experiencing. This is what The Way, Way Back teaches adults and teenagers alike, and like life, this film is worth experiencing. Continue reading

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