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Home Video Hovel: Pig, by Jack Fleischer

31 Mar

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Sometimes a film takes a well tread idea and gets something new out of it. Pig isn’t that film.

Requiring a certain level of plot ignorance in order to retain its effectiveness, let’s just say it’s a film about memory. For those of you with a determined interest in low budget independent cinema with a vaguely “sci-fi” theme. It’s worth watching once for some decent performances from leads Rudolph Martin and Heather Ankeny. This film lacks much in the way of action or innovation, but it remains imaginative. Yet, the biggest problem with this film is that even at 90 minutes – it is far too long for the story it tells.

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Loose and Languid, by Jack Fleischer

9 Mar

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Whatever Makes You Happy is a mumblecore-neo-kitchen-sink drama that feels like it’s a leftover from the mid 90’s. The story of twentysomethings juggling sexual partners, the story and characters start off small and then stays there, making the film feel like an extended exercise rather than a complete story.

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A Cute Little Farce, by Jack Fleischer

16 Jan

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Let My People Go is a film about a young man dealing with family. He’s gay, Jewish, and living a simple and happy life with his husband in Finland, when a surprise at work forces him out of his comfortable life, and into the insanity of his Parisian family just in time for the Passover holiday. This stylistic comedy is light, fluffy, and is about as farcical a farce as can be farced.

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Home Video Hovel- Lula, by Jack Fleischer

1 Sep

The biopic Lula, The Son of Brazil, is hard to review because it’s not just a movie. This film is propaganda, education, and entertainment all rolled up into 128 minutes of Technicolor bombast. I don’t know nearly enough about Brazilian politics to give this film the critical eye it deserves. As such I will now do my best to convince you to either watch it with contextual provisions, or consider steering clear of it all together.

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Shot Through the Heart, by Jack Fleischer

31 Aug

We never learn what the acronym C.U.P.I.D. stands for, but in the course of this short film writer/director Thomas Smith introduces a team of love operatives that work like S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Expendables, but instead of breaking kneecaps they’re melding hearts.

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Home Video Hovel- Searching for Sonny, by Jack Fleischer

30 Aug

Searching For Sonny is a quirky comedy wearing the oversized coat of a film noir. Don’t go into this film for the noir aspects – it’s more of an affectation than a refined storytelling technique, yet it seems appropriate for this pop-culture patchwork flick. It’s the first feature from writer/director Andrew Disney, and it shows promise, and room for improvement.

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Home Video Hovel- Bonsai, by Jack Fleischer

30 Aug

Bonsai is a film I’ve reviewed here before. The last time I saw it, I went on and on about how much it taught me about Chilean culture. Now I must confess that the reason I threw out such irrelevant commentary is because I kept nodding off during the screening. I never fell asleep, and what I wrote was genuine, but I wasn’t able to give it the detailed examination it deserved. Now with the DVD release it seemed like I had an opportunity to give this film its proper due. So was rewatching it penance, or a reward? That’s hard to pin down. Bonsai seems to be constantly distracted – but maybe that’s the point.

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In Too Deep, by Jack Fleischer

29 Aug

The Ambassador’s target is the government corruption surrounding the black market export of blood diamonds, and it contains some frightening revelations. The Ambassador is also a harrowing story about the risks undertaken by the filmmakers. While entertaining and educational, this film never seems know if it’s a story about blood diamond corruption or the filmmakers themselves.

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On the Road Again, by Jack Fleischer

29 Aug

The Day is not a good movie. What could have been a clever low budget post apocalyptic action movie with good performances is shackled by clichés, plot holes, genre fatigue, and a generally nonsensical script. Maybe die-hard action fans will find something here to enjoy, but I can’t recommend this film at all.

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Home Video Hovel- Jean Gremillon: During The Occupation, by Jack Fleischer

7 Aug

Full Confession: I had no idea who Jean Grémillon was before agreeing to review During the Occupation. Now I know that Grémillon was a violinist turned director who worked from the ‘20s through to the end of the ‘50s. He turned out silent films and documentaries, and went from the avant-garde to the conventional. While this three-disc set lacks extra features (released on Criterion’s “Eclipse” line), these three films can absolutely entertain and enlighten the casual film fan.

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