Monthly Archives: August 2010

Straw Dogs (1971, Dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Review by Chris Rand This is a film that certainly warrants re-watching and this was my first viewing, so I am very much still working through this and ask for you to bear with me. This film revolves around two … Continue reading

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Congo (1995, Dir. Frank Marshall)

Review by Chris Rand Ohhhhh 90’s big-budget action/adventure/comedy films. The plot of this Michael Crichton adaptation tumbles through a series of silly action sequences strung together with scenes about psuedo-science and a mystical city filled with diamonds. Fun? Sure ‘Congo’ … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bone (2010, Dir. Debra Granik)

Review by Chris Rand An absolutely riveting film. Granik’s film could initially be seen as a standard detective story along the lines of ‘Gone Baby Gone’: the main character searches for something or someone by climbing a ladder of increasingly … Continue reading

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Um, wow, this is borderline neo-Godardian in the way that it lampoons pop media tropes in the context of a daring and inventive formal conceit.  And while it misses as much as hits, I mostly just love the full-speed-ahead recklessness … Continue reading

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Soul Kitchen (2010, Dir. Fatih Akin)

Review by Chris Rand Fatih Akin’s films often focus on Turkish-ness and cultural confusion of Turks in Germany, explored with perfection in 2004’s ‘Head On’. With ‘Soul Kitchen’ the main characters are two Greek brothers, but their cultural background does … Continue reading

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The Other Guys (2010, Dir. Adam McKay)

Review by Chris Rand I have mixed feelings about past McKay/Ferrell collaborations: ‘Talladega Night’ was nearly unwatchable, ‘Anchorman’ did not have return value for me, but ‘Step Brothers’ pushed the Judd Apatow man/boy comedy du jour to fantastical and hilarious … Continue reading

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Claire’s Knee (1970, Eric Rohmer)

Second Rohmer film I’ve seen, and the guy is quickly becoming a fave; I know there’s that famous Gene Hackman quote from Night Moves — “I saw a Rohmer film once; it was kind of like watching paint dry” — … Continue reading

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