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DVD Showcase: The Thinning Hairline Between ‘Knowing’ and Believing

7 Jul

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Knowing (PG-13) 121 min. Directed by:Alex Proyas. Written by:Ryne Douglas Pearson & Juliet Snowden. Starring:Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, D.G. Maloney, Lara Robinson.

cinemagrade A-

Is the universe governed by determinism or by random event? Do we as human beings exist in it all alone, or is there a greater omniscient force which rules over all of our lives? Are the worlds of science and religion exclusive to themselves, cancelling one another out, or are they simply different lenses through which we view the same events? And the greatest conundrum of all; is Nicolas Cage still capable of making a good movie?  Alex Proyas’ new thriller Knowing, which opened in theaters last March and hits Dvd and Bluray today, raises all of those questions and answers concretely only one. Yes, Virginia, Nicolas Cage managed to not ruin a movie. You will believe a man can stare vacantly and have just cause for doing so.  Continue reading

Movie Review: The Trouble with ‘Franklyn’

22 Jun

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Franklyn (R) 90 min. Directed and written by: Gerald McMorrow. Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Bernard Hill, Sam Riley, Richard Coyle. Cinematography: Ben Davis. Original Score by:  Joby Talbot.

Cinematropolis rating: 5

Ironically,  Jonathan Preest is the very last aetheist on Earth. Living in the Neo-Gothic shambles of Meanwhile City, Jonathan prowls the lonely rooftops like Rorshach on a Red Bull bender, seeking to avenge the death of  a girl he couldn’t save. His enemies are the fashion violating, Mad Hatter-esque Clerics who work for the Individual, head of the most dangerous religious sect in the city.  And in Meanwhile City, there are alot of sects. The world has abandoned reason and logic and its inhabitants embrace any possible glimmer of faith or desperate hope they can cling to; there is even a group of practicing Seventh Day Manicurists. Continue reading