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FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: TURN YOUR CRANK TO FRANK
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Frank," "Love is Strange" and "Yves Saint Lurent."" (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 8/25: "JOE COULDN'T FIND A PRAYER IN THE BIBLE."
by Peter Sobczynski
"What better way to celebrate the anniversary of Sean Connery's birth than by reading this round-up of recent releases on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of the best vampire movies in years, a horror cult classic and another piece of crap with Nicolas Cage? Oh yeah, there is also a lot of smut to be had as well." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: EUROPEAN VACATION EDITION.
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Are You There," "The One I Love," "The Possession of Michael King," "A Summer's Tale" and "The Trip To Italy."" (more)
REMEMBERING ROBIN WILLIAMS (1951-2014)
by Daniel Kelly
"Children love to laugh. The act itself is an inherently innocent and joyous one; releasing copious amounts of serotonin and making us feel, if not for the briefest of moments, entirely happy. This is probably the reason that so many youngsters find their way to art through comedy. When executed well, comedy rewards the basest of our desires, offering contentment, warmth and amusement. Good comedy doesn’t have to be complex, layered or undercut by palpable darkness (although these things can help); it just has to be funny. It’s that simple. In the mid-1990s, when my appetite for film was beginning to blossom, I had a very distinct set of Hollywood heroes. There was Ace Ventura, the nutty, possibly sociopathic animal sleuth; Happy Gilmore, the skilled but resistant golfer prone to fits of psychosis; and then there was Robin Williams. Unlike the other fictional characters (portrayed by Jim Carrey & Adam Sandler respectively) I was always conscious of Williams as a person, not just as comedic caricature. Something about the performer encouraged an immediate, human rapport. Perhaps it was the fact he had already been involved with dozens of famed works (Carrey & Sandler were only beginning to take flight around 1994-1997), and thus his star presence superseded anything he brought to the screen." (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 7/29: "SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY!"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Killer rats, exploding heads, giant floods and babes from outer space--these are just some of the sights to be savored in this roundup of new titles on DVD?Blu-Ray" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION EDITION
by Peter Sobczynski
"Due to contractual obligations, I am unable to offer full-length reviews of most of this week's new releases. Instead, please enjoy short looks at "I, Origins," "Lucy," "Magic in the Moonlight," "Mood Indigo" and "A Most Wanted Man." Most are pretty good and one is a masterpiece--see if you can guess which one it is." (more)
SILLY WALK RIGHT IN AND SIT RIGHT DOWN...
by Greg Ursic
"On July 15th there was a parrot sighting at Potters Field Park in London; but this wasn’t just any avian, it was a 50 foot Norwegian blue. The ornithological oddity wasn’t the product of science run amok or a pending birdnado, rather it was an homage to the four decade long partnership of Monty Python, sketch comedy’s terrifically twisted troupe and heralded their return to the stage (and quite likely their last…)." (more)
CAPSULE REVIEWS: JERSEY BOYS, BAD WORDS & THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
by Daniel Kelly
"Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros., 2014) Clint Eastwood’s musical gets off to a vivacious and energetic start, mixing warmth and wit with surprising aplomb, but goes off the deep-end somewhere around the halfway mark. The film’s characters weave in and out of the action satisfactorily, Eastwood using a potentially hackneyed but oddly effective “fourth wall” smashing address to keep audiences engaged. It’s as if he read Walter Benjamin’s “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, moving to maintain some of the theatre’s “aura” through a means of faux-immediacy and soul, allowing his characters to bust the screen and intrude on a space they shouldn’t be aware of. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but the concept works, especially when combined with the enigmatic likes of Vincent Piazza’s roguish Tommy, the most memorable of the film’s assortment of young dreamers. The ease and grace of the opening doesn’t carry much further though, Eastwood’s stiff direction of the musical numbers and a selection of ham-fisted subplots slacking the pace and sobering the buzz. When the end credits roll, we get a sense of what might have been, Eastwood unleashing a fearsomely executed encore, replete with fantastic energy and pageantry. It’s a pity that the hour leading up to that point should dither so aimlessly, and fill itself so distractingly with diversions aborted before they conjure up sufficient nuance. A curiosity peppered with worthy highlights, but hardly a certifiable return to form for Clint. Grade - C" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: PONY MEN
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "A Brony Tale," "Dormant Beauty" and "Video Games: The Movie."" (more)
INTERVIEW: RICHARDLINKLATER ON "BOYHOOD"
by Peter Sobczynski
"The director of such cult favorites as "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "Waking Life" and the "Before Sunrise" trilogy talks about his latest masterpiece, the intimate epic "Boyhood," and its unusual journey to the screen." (more)

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