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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

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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

Don Jon’s Appeal is Only Skin Deep


(ScreenCrush)Clean the apartment. Gym. Club. Sex. Porn. Church. Family Dinner. Repeat. This is the first half of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon,” his feature film directorial debut. JGL takes the interesting premise of a superficial guy who enjoys porn more than sex—for its ability to let him escape—and cranks that up to eleven. He sets the scene in New Jersey with thick accents, excessive hair product, muscles and tight dresses only to emphasize the sexual nature of the film with quick cuts of porn and sex with random girls he finds at the clubs.

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Cate Blanchett is “Blue Jasmine”


(Moviefone)

(Moviefone)

Many things can draw an audience to a particular film. An up-and-coming director or writer. A beloved star. An interesting plot. Rarely, though, a performance stands as the main appeal. Woody Allen’s new comedic drama “Blue Jasmine” showcases such a performance from Cate Blanchett as the delusional, mentally/emotionally unstable Jasmine. 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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