Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Driver (1978, dir. Walter Hill)

Review by Jake Tishler (at last) After a fun night of watching Fred Ward and Keith Carradine battle Cajuns in the ’81 Vietnam allegory ‘Southern Comfort’ I thought I’d research the director Walter Hill (I initially confused with George Roy-Hill).  … Continue reading

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Enter the Void (2010, Dir. Gaspar Noé)

Review by Chris Rand Gaspar Noé’s films are always uncompromising and divisive, the same viewers love one film and despise the next, but ‘Enter the Void’ may be the most visually stunning and outrageous film I have ever seen. Noé … Continue reading

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Dir. Zack Snyder)

Review by Chris Rand Once in a while a big-budget, wide distribution film comes along that has no business existing in our collective consciousness. ‘LotG:TOoG’H’ (?) may be the most glorious example of this phenomenon… The film somehow alludes to … Continue reading

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Zombieland (2010, Dir. Ruben Fleischer)

By Chris Rand Merging horror and comedy is so often a difficult task: the filmmakers must generate laughs and simultaneously maintain suspense and a feeling of imminent demise, but keep the threat of death separate enough from the humor to … Continue reading

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Catfish (2010, Dir. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman)

Review by Chris Rand Catfish is an interesting little documentary about a New York artist building, and then questioning the reality of, a facebook/email/phone relationship with a family in Michigan. Yes, it’s true. Yes, it’s a film of this moment … Continue reading

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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (Duh, 1990)

About half-hour in I was wondering why this didn’t have a better reputation, since the first two “dreams” (out of eight) are wondrous and haunting and lovely, but lo and behold, it’s a pretty tough slog thereafter.  Lots of eye-popping … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009, Dir. Niels Arden Oplev)

Review by Chris Rand After all the buzz about the book, the Swedish adaptation, and upcoming David Fincher adaptation I figured I should check out this story in at least one of it’s mediums. I expected mystery and intrigue as … Continue reading

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