Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fish Tank (2009, Dir. Andrea Arnold)

Review by Chris Rand Fish Tank seems predictable at first: as it began I could feel a rough-and-tumble coming-of-age story beginning, but, on the backs of pitch-perfect performances from first-time actress Katie Jarvis and expert actor Michael Fassbender, the film … Continue reading

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44 Inch Chest (2010, Dir. Malcolm Venville)

Review by Chris Rand On paper 44 Inch Chest should be incredible: script from the writing team behind Sexy Beast, Angelo Badalamenti and Massive Attack teamed up for the score, and the small cast is a veritable who’s who of … Continue reading

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Movie Titles (a brief rant)

The New York Times Art and Design section published a piece on their picks for ‘Best Film Titles’, a would-be Oscar category: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/arts/21iht-design21.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=titles&st=cse I was excited to read this article because I agree with the initial thrust of the piece: … Continue reading

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Animal Kingdom (2010, Dir. David Michôd)

Review by Chris Rand I picked up the bluray of David Michôd’s debut feature based on endless recommendations and a sense that it was exactly the kind of movie I love. Then I saw the trailer, which really is not … Continue reading

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Mystery Train (1989, Dir. Jim Jarmusch)

Review by Chris Rand Structured as a triptych of stories centered around foreigners in Memphis, Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train is both entertaining and bittersweet in its portrayal of American culture. That is, the culture we expose to the rest of … Continue reading

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I Spit on Your Grave aka Day of the Woman [1978, dir. Meir Zarchi]

by Jake Tishler I’m on a bit of a Grindhouse kick lately, watching a lot of Women In Prison films and thought I’d take a risk and watch the notorious rape-horror film “I Spit on Your Grave.” While the film … Continue reading

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Cold Weather (Aaron Katz, 2010)

Written by Alex P There is so much to like about Cold Weather that it kind of pains me not to actually love it.  First of all, it is evocatively shot, and basically doesn’t look like ass like so many … Continue reading

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