Charles De Lauzirika's "Crave" essentially plays like an R-rated version of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".
Josh Lawson is kind of annoying in this movie but he's the star of the movie regardless. He plays Aiden, a recovering alcoholic professional photographer who has racing thoughts and a crush on his pretty neighbor Virginia (the adorable Emma Lung) . He's pissed off at himself for always fantasizing about things (mostly involving violence and sex) and eventually decides to "man up"…
Eric England's "Contracted" is a gross-out "body horror" movie that is painfully slow, not a tad scary and - perhaps worst of all - doesn't seem to serve a real purpose to exist.
Najarra Townsend, an actress I quite like, gives it her all in the lead role as Samantha and is probably the best thing about the movie.
Samantha is a 20-something lesbian who is date raped at a party one night and gets a weird STD.
Francesca Gregorini's "The Truth About Emanuel" (previously known as "Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes") is quite possibly the creepiest, most disturbing film I've seen in 2013.... And it's great.
I quite liked Gregorini's previous film, the Rooney Mara-starring "Tanner Hall" (Mara serves as executive producer on this film) but it was heavily flawed at times. "The Truth About Emanuel" is near-perfect and creepy as f--k throughout though it veers close to heavy-handed melodrama near the end but not quite,…
Based on the novel of the same name, brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky's "The Motel Life" is essentially mildly pretentious misery porn interspersed with fantastical surrealist animation that wastes the presence of Dakota Fanning. That being said, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff are quite good as brothers on the run after disabled Jerry Lee (Dorff), the older but less responsible brother accidentally hits and kills a kid with his car.
Fanning has a small role as the ex-girlfriend of Frank…
Kat Coiro's "A Case of You" is a sweet though wildly cliched Rom-Com with an all-star cast (of the strong supporting cast, Vince Vaughn shines, showing he should always have small supporting roles while the likes of Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell and Brendan Fraser are underused).
Yes the film is very cliched but it reminds me a lot of "Silver Lining's Playbook" without the bipolar.
Justin Long stars as Sam while Evan Rachel Wood plays the love interest with the…
Saw this a few months ago. Right now it stands as my favorite horror movie of 2013 and one of my favorite movies of 2013, period. I know Adam Patterson disagrees.
De Van's film is a devestatingly creepy and unsettling "creepy kid" movie with a whopper of a climax. A must see.
Loved this movie.
"How I Live Now" is by no means a cinematic masterpiece but it certainly is one of the better additions to the recent onslaught of YA book adaptations (and the first one of which to be rated R --- if that means anything). It also stars Saoirse Ronan, the best thing about fellow YA book adaptation "The Host".
Ronan (or "Ronan the Barbarian" as I call her) plays Elizabeth, though she likes to be called Daisy (which is funny because…
Henry-Alex Rubin's "Disconnect" is a horrible, heavy-handed, ugly movie.
How horrible you might ask? Well, let's just say this giant pile of cow dung makes Paul Haggis' "Crash" look like a fricken' masterpiece by comparison. That's saying something.
"Disconnect" is essentially Haggis' "Crash" with the "dangers of the Internet/technology" as the focus instead of racism.
It's so heavy-handed and badly made though. Sure, there are some good actors in it but they are all playing mostly unlikely or, worse, underdeveloped…
Despite it's title, "Vampire" isn't REALLY a vampire movie, not in the traditional sense at least. The film, which stars Kevin Zegers as well as Adelaide Clemens, Kristen Kruek, Rachel Leigh Cook and Keisha Castle-Hughes is essentially a slow and methodical, beautiful to look at serial killer movie in the vein of "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer".
Zegers plays a biology teacher who meets suicidal women online, drains and then drinks their blood in the guise of a "suicide…
Damian Lee's "Breakout" is essentially an action movie version of "Of Mice and Men", which in and of itself is a cool idea but Lee's film is so badly made and the screenplay is both way too simple and way too confusingly convoluted.
Dominic Purcell plays a man trying to protect his mentally challenged brother (Ethan Suplee) at all costs, even if it means getting very violent. One day, Purcell gets very violent and kills someone. He is spotted by…
(Note: "Unconditional" was released in the USA under the name "Unconditional Love")
Bryn Higgins' "Unconditional Love" is a strange beast of a film. Described as a "psychodrama", it's essentially the tale of a teenage boy and girl, twins Owen and Kristen who take care of their ill mother and who both fall under the spell of a charismatic loan shark (Christian Cooke, looking like a young Colin Farrell).
Cooke's character seems to not want to have anything to do with…
I respect the late, great Roger Ebert dearly but he must have been HIGH when he gave "At Any Price" 4 stars.
The new film from acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani ("Goodbye Solo"), "At Any Price" isn't an offensively bad film like, say Danielle Harris' "Among Friends" (god, that movie is awful!) but it's just kind dull and goes nowhere.
It's about a farming family and a strained father/son relationship, with everybody's favorite "manorexic" and brother (or cousin, i can't remember…