Tag Archives: drama

AMAD-Horror Edition: Buppah Rahtree: Curse of the Night Flower

12 Oct

 

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cinemagrade b+Thailand’s Buppah Rahtree: Curse of the Night Flower is exactly the kind of film that makes writing this column so much fun. It’s a pleasing genre mash-up of slapstick comedy, gut-wrenching drama and creeping dread. There are so many delightful twists and turns that I felt elated instead of jerked around. The movie comes from a country not really known for their compelling horror pictures and ends up trumping the entire lot of recent Asian ghost stories. However, instead of being a new release, Buppah was actually made in 2003; by this point, it already has a couple of sequels to its name. Continue reading

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AMAD:The Silence of Lorna

28 Sep

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September 26th,2009–

cinemagrade A-I love the work of the Dardenne brothers. The Belgian siblings responsible for films like The Son, The Child and Rosetta specialize in quiet, close-quarters observations of human behavior. While their pictures can occasionally be  slow and methodical, they are full of rich characterization and a stark sense of reality that drive home the moral implications of the narrative. They are not often easy films to watch, as much for the pacing as for the less than savory choices made by the characters central to the story.  The Silence of Lorna  follows these same guidelines but ventures from the path by expanding beyond the claustrophobic camera work and micrcosmal drams to present a compelling portrait of a woman struggling with the consequences of her actions. Continue reading

Now Playing: ‘Surrogates’ explores our technological obsession

26 Sep

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September 26th, 2009–

cinemagrade b-In the new Bruce Willis techno-thriller Surrogates, humanity’s collective desire for ease, comfort and convenience prove to be its undoing.   Adapted from the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, Surrogates shows us a future where our reliance on technology has become the ultimate crutch. Instead of a dreary, rain-soaked dystopia, the world of the film is a bright, shiny, peaceful place. From a material and cultural standpoint, everything looks like sunshine and kittens. Something is missing though. Continue reading

Bloglins #1: Pandorum, Baltimore Book Festival, Dollhouse 2.0, Weekend DVDs

25 Sep

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September 25th,2009–

Happy weekend everyone! Here we are on Friday night and consider me exhausted. I’ve got a Surrogates review to write and AMAD to cover before I hit the sack so I’ll keep this one short. One of the new features for Cinematropolis is Bloglins, a forum for mini-reader reviews and feedback related to current pop culture items. Below I’ve got four topics I want to hear more from you on. Just post or email me a 100 word or less review/comment/update on any of the below bits and I’ll publish them below with your name, website and any info you wish to be included. Enjoy! My email is  j_echo@hotmail.com. Continue reading

The Senator is Showing First Run Movies Again? ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ Opens

11 Sep

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September 11th, 2o09–

Now this is interesting. For the first time since March 2009, The Senator Theater is showing a first run film. Starting today, the classic theater on York Road, that went up for auction over the summer only to be bought by the city, will be running I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Bad is the latest in the Madea chronicles from Tyler Perry. This one also features Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige. The tickets are back to the standard Senator price of 8 dollars, but I’ve got no clue what made this possible, or if it will follow over to other first-run films or not. Continue reading

Trailer Round-Up: Solomon Kane, Princess and the Frog, Descent 2, Up in the Air, more…

11 Sep

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September 11th, 2009–

Hey everyone. I hope your week has gone well and that the weekend is even better. Here were are again with a new bunch of trailers. There’s a new look at Disney’s latest 2D animated film and one more trailer proving that George Clooney never stops working. Best of all, there’s finally a peek at Solomon Kane, the fantasy adventure based off Robert E. Howard characters. Lets start first with the followup to Neil Marshall’s 2005 horror classic The DescentContinue reading

Alien Apartheid: Exploring Neil Blonkamp’s ‘District 9’

10 Sep

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District 9 (R) 112 min. Directed by: Neil Blonkamp.

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 ‘District 9’ has been playing for almost a month now and the critical and commercial response to Neil Blonkamp’s South African sci-fi actioner has been surprisingly strong and positive. Back in May, I cited the movie in my Top Ten Summer Sci-Fi list and placed it at the top. Even I, however, was still sideswiped by what I found upon walking into the theater. I saw the film two days after its release but vacation and a few other events thwarted me from writing it up. Now, with the initial excitement cleared and a little time passed to process it, I think I’m ready to take a crack at it. For anyone still on the fence about seeing it, or those who want a one sentence sum-up, here you go: District 9 is probably the best science fiction film of the last decade, and easily the best sci-fi action film since 1999’s The Matrix. So, if you wanna see it but haven’t, and know you are going, don’t read any further. Go in fresh and come back here later.

For all of you still around, I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as I can; discussing the film without giving away any of it’s myriad of surprises and delights. Continue reading