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  • Jamie Marks Is Dead 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    Be forewarned: Carter Smith's "Jamie Marks is Dead" is the kind of macabre melodrama that features a scene of a teenage couple discussing what they want their own respective funerals to be like as foreplay to an aggressive (but clothed) sex scene. If that sounds like your cup of tea and you love the films of Gus Van Sant and Gregg Araki and Cam Archer then continue reading this review. If it doesn't sound like your cup of tea and…

  • The Zero Theorem 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Featuring a bald Tilda Swinton rapping with a Scottish accent and Matt Damon looking like a dead ringer for Malcolm McDowell, Terry Gilliam's latest movie "The Zero Theorem" sure is tripping balls!

    And by tripping balls I mean it's weird, even weirder than you'd expect a movie with circus-looking people and singing pizza boxes to be.

    I guess you should expect a Gilliam movie to be weird but for some this film will be weird overload.

    The premise is essentially…

  • Jake Squared 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    "Jake Squared" sees Elias Koteas essentially doing an Abel Ferrara impersonation in a scenario that reads like a cross between "Synecdoche, New York" and the recent crop of doppelgänger films ("Enemy", "The Double", "Coherence", etc.) and it's an ambitious film that's ballsy as hell and boy does it work!

    It might not be a "perfect" movie but Harry Goldberg's film, which sees The former Casey Jones, Elias Koteas, playing Jake Klein, a 50-something filmmaker who looks and acts like a…

  • Where We Started 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    Very much a worthy successor to Jeff Lipsky's "Flannel Pajamas", Linklater's original "Before Sunrise" and other talky romantic dramadies of yore, Christopher J. Hansen's "Where We Started" is a refreshing, mature romantic film about a pair of people: a struggling actor who works on motorcycles to pay the bills and a housewife with a 4-year old son, who meet at a motel one evening and spend a night getting to know each other and flirting, talking about topics as varied…

  • A Fighting Man 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    I kind of can't get over the fact that I just watched a sports movie. I normally don't watch them because I'm definitely not a sports fan AT ALL but I watched boxing flick "A Fighting Man" and it was a fantastic film that was better than "Rocky".

    Dominic Purcell stars as Sailor O'Connell, an aging boxer with a traumatic past who decides to fight one last fight, a fight against a young whipper-snapper named King who just knocked up…

  • Among Ravens 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    "Among Ravens" is a peculiar metaphor-laced film that is right up my alley. I dunno why but I've always had a thing for films about a group of friends getting back together, "Big Chill" style. Here, it's a group of friends getting together for 4th of July, seen through the eyes of a young girl named Joey (a brilliant performance from rising star Johnny Sequoyah).

    And then there's Chad, a nature photographer whose presence touches the lives of the friends…

  • The Congress 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2014

    A demented cross between "Cool World", "Antiviral", "Cold Souls" and a Bill Plympton cartoon, Ari Folman's fantasmagorically futuristic Hollywood Satire-cum-Animated dystopian epic "The Congress" is not only a rumination on the career of star Robin Wright but also life, death, heaven, hell, dreams, reality and everything in between.

    Folman's film clearly has a lot to say and he doesn't hold very many hands as we watch in amazement and befuddlement as Robin Wright (the character, who is also the actress)…

  • The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2014

    "Bad things always happen to good people" must be James Gray's mantra, which seems quite evident in his latest opus of American Miserablism, "The Immigrant".

    It's not a very happy movie, despite the name of the film's production designer lol.

    Marion Cotillard plays a Polish immigrant to the United States in the early 1920s with a sick sister. She meets Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), who runs a burlesque theater-cum-brothel and forces her into prostitution.

    Jeremy Renner is also in the film…

  • Affluenza 2014

    ★★½ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    "Affluenza" sounds like a movie that would be right up my ally: I personally love most movies about the hedonistic lifestyles of out of control rich kids (examples: "The Informers", "Twelve" and this year's fantastic "Palo Alto") but "Holy Rollers" director Kevin Asch's film is a mess, a sort of heavy-handed, ham-fisted take on familiar material. So familiar in fact that is essentially an unofficial remake of "The Great Gatsby" set in 2008 Great Neck, Long Island.

    Also, most movies…

  • RoboCop 2014

    ★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    "Cause I don't want no Robocop
    You moving like a Robocop
    When did you become a Robocop
    Now I don't need no Robocop"
    - Kanye West

    Kanye West put it perfectly. Jose Padilha's very "studio" remake of Paul Verhoeven's seminal satire "Robocop" misses the point almost entirely, replacing all the pointed satire and anti-corporate humor of the original with a very self-serious hodgepodge of revenge movie and "The Wire", even though there is a little humor in the movie thanks…

  • Dead Drop 2013

    ★★½ Watched 11 Jul, 2014

    "Dead Drop" is the latest offering from action superstar Luke Goss and action auteur R. Ellis Frazier

    It's a beautifully shot, well choreographed action movie with some amazing visuals (lots of crisp, blue water scenes) and great action set pieces... Too bad that's all there is.

    There isn't much of a story here. It's really just your typical action movie pablum and while Goss and Nestor Carbonell (star of one of the best 90s sitcoms "Suddenly Susan") give good performances, it's still missing something.

    Like a reason to care.

  • Neverlake 2013

    ★★★ Watched 09 Jul, 2014

    "Neverlake" is a fascinating mess of a movie which I still quite enjoyed. An Italian made film (but in the English language), "Neverlake" plays like a weird mash-up of "Pan's Labyrinth", "Frankenstein", "My Sister's Keeper", "The Uninvited" and some "Twilight"-style YA romance. It's a mess that is quite predictable but always fascinating.

    The film is about an Italian-born, New York-raised Half-British teenager who visits her dad in Italy and ends up meeting a group of kids who are sick at…