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A man wrongly convicted and served time in prison hard labor is finally released. But he has one thing in his mind: vengeance against the man who put him there in the first place. For the first two thirds of this film, it is a standard revenge spaghetti Western in a plot that has been better in other films that feels just a wee bit too long. Plus the characters are mostly unsympathetic and rather uninteresting so it was difficult…
Based on the famous Swiss children's novel, this is about an orphaned young girl sent to live with her reclusive grandfather by her uncaring aunt. You know, I do not think I have ever seen an adaptation of this novel before. I know there have been numerous versions throughout the years but I don't think I have bothered to see any one of them (and obviously I've never read the book). The story feels a bit too slight for my…
An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.
Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…