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Drama

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WATERSHIP DOWN (1978)

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
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The Buzz:

     This film is based off of Richard Adams’ 1972 book and is a truly great film and definitely not meant for children.  The story is based around a group of bunnies that when warned leave their warren to travel to their promised land after one of their number has a vision.  Along the way they experience an amazing journey as well as danger, tragic loss and the truest love.  The final showdown with General Woundwort is terrifying and spellbinding at the same time.  This is one of my favorite films of all time and succeeds as animation mainly because of the lack of a Disney stamp. 

 

 

 


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FREAKS (1932)

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:00
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     This film is widely regarded as one of the most controversial movies of all time, and I could see why even today some people would be taken aback by its premise.  The story revolves around the “freaks” made popular by P.T. Barnum in the early 1900s and is told mainly from their perspective.  A trapeze artist discovers that one of the midgets is in fact very wealthy and decides to marry him for it; all the while having an affair with the strong man.  After accidentally spilling the proverbial beans on her affair, the family of freaks shuns her but Hans stays with her.  She rewards him by poisoning him on their wedding night and for some time after, but the “freaks” get their revenge in the end.

 

 


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PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (2012)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:51
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     It seems that in recent decades, Hollywood has been striving to bring us ever grittier, grimier, and uglier-looking movies. For example: name one action/adventure protagonist in recent memory that doesn't spend most of the movie at least partially caked with dirt. Sure, it makes sense for people who do rough activities to have rough looks, and these days, we like our epic heroes to seem humanized by sweat and dust. We also judge the quality of visual effects mostly by how realistic they look, but let's face it: real life is actually pretty ugly.

     So where is a viewer to go for a movie that tells an epic story of adventure and romance, without sacrificing beauty? Overseas, of course! The Chinese are still making sweeping, epic costume dramas with something gorgeous in every frame, and Painted Skin: the Resurrection is an entertaining offering with enough variety to please any viewer who isn't afraid of subtitles.

 


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ARGO (2013)

Monday, 25 February 2013 00:58
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     It’s rare that I would willingly walk in to (much less pay to see) a movie starring Ben Affleck, but low and behold, here we are.  Argo stars Ben Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, a CIA exfiltration specialist, who has been tasked with rescuing 6 embassy employees during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Eventually, Mendez comes up with the plan to fake the creation of a movie in order to get into Iran under the pretense of a location shoot.  While there, Mendez would fake identification and create back stories for the embassy employees, making them out to be part of his movie crew.


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ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012)

Monday, 25 February 2013 00:28
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     Zero Dark Thirty is a historical drama that follows a CIA operative, Maya, as she attempts to hunt down Osama Bin Laden post 9/11. Based on true events, this film tries to accurately depict the efforts of our government and military in finally bringing justice after almost a decade. 

 


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BLITZ (2011)

Saturday, 23 February 2013 15:37
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     "A serial killer is taking vengance out against London cops and nobody can stop him" is the basic tagline for this British film.  In a needed departure from his action persona Jason Statham returns to his early acting roots in this subdued crime flick.  The film is quite good for what it is, but the ending is easily the best functioning part of the film; it "ties the room together" to coin a phrase.

 

 

 

 

 

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