Tribeca Film Festival Review: The Wolfpack, by Rudie Obias

18 Apr

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There are a lot of documentaries out there that are unable to explore one aspect of its subject, let alone go in-depth with its own narrative and point-of-view. But there’s something special when you come across a film that takes a look at a way of life that is foreign, yet somewhat familiar to your own. Director Crystal Moselle manages to take you inside the joy and pain of movie fandom, obsession, and isolation in her debut film The Wolfpack.

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Sequel Saturday: The Joker’s Hair Is Wild, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

18 Apr

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Warner Bros. upcoming movie Suicide Squad will feature a ton of villains in DC Comics, but perhaps the most notable is the Joker played by Jared Leto (Panic Room). The Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker is arguably the most famous villain from the entire DC Universe. It’s unknown how much of a role the Joker will have in the film, but Leto revealed a picture on Snapchat that gives a glimpse to what the Joker’s hair looks like.  The look is much different from what we’ve seen in prior portrayals on film. It’s cropped quite short while keeping the trademark bright green color.

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Sequelcast: Finale

18 Apr

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In this episode, Mat, Thrasher, and others sign off.

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Gored, by Rudie Obias

17 Apr

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One of the best things about the Tribeca Film Festival are its many offerings when it comes to sports documentaries, such as Straight Outta LA and The Two Escobars. This year is no different with a few new films exploring widely popular sports in Europe, such as Palio, about a special breed of horseracing in Italy, and Gored, about the “most gored bullfighter in history,” Antonio Barrera.

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Monkey Trouble, by Tyler Smith

17 Apr

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When watching a movie, it’s important to keep its intended audience in mind, especially if you’re not enjoying it. It’s entirely possible that the film was never meant for you. This is something I’ve had to remind myself of over the years as I return again and again to the Disneynature documentaries. I’m often frustrated by the way in which Disney forces a simplistic narrative onto a straightforward nature film. I’m exasperated by the cutesy narration and verbalizing of the animals’ thoughts and feelings. In many ways, I’ve come to really hate these movies.

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Ebertfest 2015: Opening Night, by Aaron Pinkston

17 Apr

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Another year, another Ebertfest! I have now attended and covered four straight festivals, and thus have written four introductions that described my history with the festival and the history of the festival itself. So, why don’t I skip all that and just get to the basics? The Roger Ebert Film Festival is held each year at the home of the University of Illinois (both my and Ebert’s alma mater). In this 17th edition of the festival a lot has remained unchanged – it is a small festival of 12 films stretched over five days at one singular location, the beautiful Virginia Theatre. In this third festival after the loss of the great critic, it seems that the festival is finally finding its legacy going forward. It has always been a celebration of films, and that hasn’t changed, but eventually it would have to move on from being a curated list of its namesake’s favorite films. This year more than any other feels like a festival molded in his spirit. Ebert would have seen only three of this year’s selections, but their intelligence, humor, and humanity are in line with what the man championed. The course of the festival will see Ebertfest favorites return with new films, some of the best international films of the past year, the amazing Alloy Orchestra, and a tribute to another recently lost film icon.

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BP Movie Journal 4/16/15

17 Apr

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In this journal, Tyler and David discuss the various movies and TV shows they’ve been watching, including:

RED HOLLYWOOD
WELCOME TO ME
CINDERELLA
TRUE STORY
JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
GUN CRAZY
MONKEY KINGDOM
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH
SILICON VALLEY
DAREDEVIL
GOTHAM
SURVIVOR
COMMUNITY
THE AMAZING RACE

Sequelcast: Another 48 Hours

17 Apr

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In this episode, Mat and Thrasher discuss the sequel to the original 48 Hours.

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Hogwash, by David Bax

16 Apr

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Rupert Goold makes a respectable feature film debut with his work in True Story. There’s a measured functionality to his shot choices, the pacing of his cuts and the warm aural tones that put you in the same space as the subjects. With his thorough competence and lack of individual style, Goold has all the making of a reliable journeyman. He almost certainly has a number of terrific films in his future, as long as he isn’t saddled with a screenplay as doltish as this one.

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Tribeca Film Festival Review: Live from New York!, by Rudie Obias

16 Apr

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Kicking off the Tribeca Film Festival 2015 is Live From New York!, a documentary on the history and pop culture relevance of Saturday Night Live over the last 40 years. The comedy sketch TV show is an institution in American pop culture but more so in New York City, where it’s produced. While the Tribeca Film Festival is quickly becoming another strong institution in New York City – the festival started in 2002 in the wake of 9/11 – Live From New York! almost gives the new film festival some credibility and much like Saturday Night Live, both are really self-serving, which is a particular New York trait.

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