15 for ’15, by Scott Nye

30 Jul

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The term “pure cinema” has become a bit diluted and simplistic over the years, but it’s difficult to think of a better use for it than with Jem Cohen’s Counting. Despite earning something skirting the edges of mainstream acclaim with his excellent 2013 narrative feature Museum Hours, his latest film sees him return to the documentary form, more closely resembling a sketchbook or diary. It also, thankfully, does not hold the viewer responsible for discerning larger patterns or themes, perfectly content to allow us the simple pleasure of observing life in a handful of locations (chiefly New York and Moscow, with stops in Istanbul, Porto, and Sharjah) across fifteen chapters. Something of a globetrotting, 21st century city symphony, Cohen explores the chaos of the modern world and the way countries act as institutions. But rather than contend himself purely with observation, Counting can become surprisingly intimate.

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We Gotta Get Out of This Place, by Rudie Obias

30 Jul

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Thirty-two years after the release of screenwriter John Hughes and director Harold Ramis’ National Lampoon’s Vacation, co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein make their directorial debuts with the new Vacation reboot/remake. The comedy follows in a trend of recent releases like Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys, wherein filmmakers and movie studios are trying to reintroduce older film franchises to a newer audience. It gets a little murky to consider Vacation a reboot because it practically follows the same story beats and premise as the original, following the same formula that made the original Vacation a hit film in 1983. But that doesn’t mean the new Vacation is going to have the same reactions and laughs in 2015.

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WTF Are You Watching? WarGames

30 Jul

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In this episode, Kyle and Lincoln discuss John Badham’s WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick.

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29 Jul

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I Do Movies Badly: The Last Days of Disco

29 Jul

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In this episode, Jim wraps up his series on Whit Stillman with a discussion of The Last Days of Disco.

Accomplished, by Tyler Smith

29 Jul

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In the midst of all the superhero movies and James Bond reboots, genetically-modified dinosaurs and robots in disguise, there has been one action franchise that has not only remained, but has actually gotten more interesting in the near-twenty years it has existed. Mission: Impossible, a series that always seems right on the edge of becoming stale, has always managed to pull itself back into relevance, making itself both resilient and cutting edge.

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28 Jul

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Hey, Watch This! Bojack Horseman/White People

28 Jul

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In this episode, Paul and David discuss Bojack Horseman and White People.

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New to Home Video 7/28/15

28 Jul

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Home Video Hovel: The River, by David Bax

27 Jul

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Based on the strength of its imagery alone, Jean Renoir’s The River would be more than worth the cost of the Blu-ray. The depth of color and details of the Indian location photography and the texture of the transfer are arguments in favor of the format itself. The River is even more than than, though. It is also one of the more honest coming of age stories ever committed to celluloid.

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