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The Entire 20th Century and Beyond: An Epic List of Movies from the Years in Which They Take Place

If cinema can be looked at as a gateway into time, then why has nobody put together a timelined map outlining which movies have taken place during which year? Not ...

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Yep, Another “Best of” List: The Best and Worst of 2014

Well, it’s time once again for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best that 2014 had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 ...

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18 Nights of Dario Argento Films (1970 – 2012)

Thanks to our residential expert on all-things-Dario Argento we now have a trustworthy place to visit in order to weed out the good Argento films from the awful ones. Writer, ...

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Susanne Bier’s “Serena”

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 FADE IN:

EXT. CZECH REPUBLIC FILM SET (2012) – DAY

BRADLEY COOPER is chopping down trees with EXTRAS.

BRADLEY COOPER

Grumble mumble mumble timber.

A gruesome CGI timber accident takes place. Nobody cares.

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Podcast Episode #10: “Run All Night”

RUN ALL NIGHTWell it’s about time. In a long line of movies featuring a character being pursued over the course of a single night, finally it’s Liam Nesson‘s turn. So, how did he do? Here’s our two cents on the latest action star’s man on the run film. As always, the podcast is littered with spoilers. You’ve been warned.

 

Visit our Soundcloud page (by clicking here) to download this episode, and other episodes as well.

SHOW NOTES:
Opening Music: “Opening Title Sequence” – By Tom Holkenborg
Closing Music: “Nasty” – By Nas

Adam Carolla and Kevin Hench’s “Road Hard”

maxresdefaultThe wonder of a small neighborhood theatre is the idea that everybody is welcome to sit and be transported to this magic place that only those who appreciate can go. In this age of modern where everybody expects big budget over the top technical advancements and marketing gimmicks, it’s nice to know there is a place where one can go where the art is still appreciated. Enter the Balboa theatre here in SF. Outfitted with the latest digital shabazz, this palace is still full of magical wonder. From the time you enter the lobby, where the art deco welcomes you of an era gone by, one can’t help but get misty.

But today I’m reviewing the film by Adam Carolla, Road Hard, not The Balboa Theatre. This is a coming-to-middle-age movie about a washed up comedian who decides to turn his life around while finding love and other things in his travels to zen. Read More…

The ABCs of Death 2 Review – Another 26 of Them!

MasticateIf there’s an ABCs of Death movie you can be damn sure I’m going to review the living shit out of it, and by review the living shit out of it of course I mean I’m going to strap myself to a chair with my laptop, a thesaurus, and a box full of crackers in order to dish out a review for each of the 26 featured shorts, just like I did with part 1. Whether you asked for it or not, here it is. Read More…

John Madden’s “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

unnamed-29-750x420The 2011 sleeper hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was an endearing yarn about a group of British retirees priced out of their golden years in their own backyard and therefore relocating to India to what they believed was a newly-renovated hotel (“For the Elderly & Beautiful”) that was just the opposite. Having a to-die-for cast certainly didn’t hurt: a curmudgeonly Maggie Smith, a hyperactive Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup’s crusty old horndog, and Bill Nighy looking like himself for a change. Just having Smith and Queen Judi Dench in the same breathing space more than compensated for the script’s minor shortcomings in attempting to juggle an armload of individual character stories.

Still, was anyone honestly expecting a sequel? Me, neither. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a fitting moniker, as it doesn’t measure up to its predecessor. Sure, the elements from the original are back in place: the entire starring cast (minus Tom Wilkinson), director John Madden, and screenwriter Ol Parker, but the wry charm of the original got lost in the transition, replaced with a more burdensome tangle of humorless subplots jockeying for the biggest piece of this two-hour pie. Read More…

Podcast Episode #9: “Maps to the Stars”

Maps to the StarsWelcome to our latest podcast in where Rock, Sean, and myself reluctantly and enthusiastically navigate our way through David Cronenberg‘s latest movie, Maps to the Stars. FYI, just like every other podcast on this site, expect spoilers.

 

Visit our Soundcloud page (by clicking here) to download this episode, and other episodes as well.

SHOW NOTES:
Intro and Outro music: “I’m Not Done” by Fever Ray

Explore David Cronenberg further:

“Maps to the Stars” Review by Nancy Travisano

Parchment Paper and Penmanship: The underwhelming and illuminating joy of David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” by Adam Cuttler

“Cosmopolis” Review by Adam Cuttler

David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars”

Maps-to-the-StarsIf you were to jump in your car right now and drive up into space to see the stars up close and personal, you would not get there in your lifetime. You therefore won’t ever have the chance to watch them collapse into black holes. Not to worry, though, for Hollywood has always been the topmost example of life imitating astronomy. Maps to the Stars doesn’t so much remind us of this as it gleefully beats it into us with a cinderblock, spinning a Cronenbergian web of incest, sex, egoism, and murder. Little things like that.

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Bay Area, Here are 5 Must-See Films for the Week of March 9th – 15th

Branded-To-KillIf you’re planning on visiting a theatre in the Bay Area this week (Mar 9 – Mar 15), these are the five best films I can recommend you see. There’s a good chance that I’ll be at one or more of these screenings, so if you see me, say hi.

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Damián Szifrón’s “Wild Tales”

wild-tales“Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind
Up in here, up in here
Y’all gon’ make me go all out
Up in here, up in here
Y’all gon’ make me act a FOOL
Up in HERE, up in here
Y’all gon’ make me lose my cool
Up in here, up in here” – DMX

Were it not for my irrational expectation of wanting to hear rapper DMX‘s 2000 hit “Party Up (Up in Here)” play over the closing credits I would say Damián Szifrón‘s Wild Tales is a perfect film. Read More…