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Movie Review: On the eve of destruction with ‘2012’

13 Nov

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cinemagrade b-There is no getting around it. Roland Emmerich’s 2012 is a spectacularly stupid movie.

Over the course of its 153 minute running time, Yellowstone blows its top, D.C. gets predictably crushed under heavy down-pour of CGI, and most of California just crumbles like a French pastry. In the midst of this eye-smashing gauntlet of global apocalypse, a startling number of gifted actors run about dodging falling Earth shrapnel, choke out hokey lines about mankind’s fall, and work overtime to convince us that this time it really is the end. To top things off, Danny Glover gets to be the second black president to shepherd the human race through an extinction level event. Continue reading

10 more top war films from Xiphos

9 Nov

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November 9th, 2009–

A month or so ago, I posted Xiphos’ list of his top ten modern American war films from the perspective of a military man and someone personally interested in the history of warfare. Now, Xiphos is back with a follow-up list highlighting war films that are both international and from previous eras. We don’t get any Spartans, but there’s plenty of great films in the list below, both ones you have seen and others you probably haven’t. If I was pressed to give an opinion, I’d say Lawrence should perhaps be higher and that all three of the Australian films mentioned (including Morant, which is more of a courtroom drama) are top-shelf and absolutely worth seeing. Great work, Xi! Thanks again.

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‘The Wolfman’ gets some howlingly good new posters!

8 Nov

WLF_Tsr1Sheet_352_10 (Page 1)Ok, so I definitely miss those gorgeous painted movie posters of days gone by–one for this would have been outstanding–but in the world of haphazard photo-shop rush jobs, these two at least have some style.

Joe Johnston’s Wolfman is a film I’ve been anticipating and dreading for awhile. The original is one of the all time great creature features and it’s still the most powerful and engrossing werewolf film ever made. Once the trailers started showing up, I became more intrigued than put-off. Aside from some unfortunate CGI, this one looks pretty good.

Here now are two posters(the one at the left was originally posted over at Aint it Cool News and the one below was scooped by Cinematical) for the film that help build that victorian gothic atmosphere that seems to be an integral part of Johnston’s vision. Continue reading

‘Fourth’ is a close encounter of the questionable kind

6 Nov

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Nov. 6th, 2009–

For all those who want to go into The Fourth Kind as fresh as possible, check out my spoiler free review over at Atomic Popcorn. For everyone else, feel free to stick around but know that I’m going to get into some of the more specific details of the film and you might want to clear out. Nothing too spoiler-heavy, but some of whats working or not working in the film is difficult to discuss without revealing elements that the marketing folks have done a reasonable job of hiding.

ATOMIC POPCORN REVIEW OF THE FOURTH KIND

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The Greater Reading Film Festival happens in PA this weekend, Nov. 5th to Nov. 8th

5 Nov

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Oct 5th, 2009–

Area film fans looking for something to do this weekend might consider heading up to the Reading Film Festival in Pennsylvania, which begins its run this evening. Starting tonight and running through Sunday, where it will finish up with a screening of the Hitchcock classic, Rear Window, the festival is actually an interesting and eclectic collection of films both mainstream and experimental. I’ve seen a few of them like Make-Out With  Violence, Sita Sings the Blues and Home, but several others are new to me. I’ve got a busy schedule, so I won’t be able to make it, but for those that can here’s the info from the website followed by a list of the films that will play. Continue reading

Crispin Glover brings THE BIG SLIDE SHOW to The Charles on Nov. 19th

3 Nov

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Great Scot! It looks like George McFly himself is headed to Baltimore this month and he’s bringing some interesting work with him. The actor will be appearing at The Charles  for one performance of his Big Slide Show at 7:30 p.m. on the 19th of November.

Crispin Glover, best known for his work in Back to the Future (arguably the most normal thing he’s ever done) is an actor who has always positioned himself just off-center from the norm. Glover, who proudly displays Helli0n as his middle name, has made eccentricity and outsider antics an art form. Literally, he’s made it art, and he’s bringing a portion of it to The Charles with him when he comes. Continue reading

Movie Review: Odd and lovely ‘Wild Things’

29 Oct

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cinemagrade A+Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are is a strange and wonderful creation, like the book that inspired it. I can understand, however, if many are disappointed by it or don’t care for it at all. Jonze and scriptwriter Dave Eggers have taken the 9 page, 9 sentence Maurice Sendak book about a little boy who retreats into his imagination and transformed it into a 90 minute film about the complex emotions and erratic feelings that drive our early childhood. Continue reading

Free Baltimore screenings of ‘The Vampire’s Assistant’ and ‘Amelia’! Get details here!

13 Oct

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Oct 13th, 2009–
Hey everyone! Attention to all Baltimore film fans looking to see some free movies a little bit early. Right now, the website Atomic Popcorn (it’s also a pretty comprehensive repository of film news and reviews) is promoting screenings of both the children’s horror-fantasy Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and the Hillary Swank Earhart bio-pic Amelia.  The screenings will take place at AMC Whitemarsh on the evenings of the 20th (Cirque) and the 21st (Amelia) of October. Continue reading

The Mobbies Draw to A Close! Last Chance to Vote for Cinematropolis!

8 Oct

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Oct 8th, 2009–

And so it draws to a close, the epic struggle. Ok, so maybe not so epic, and not so struggly-like. Either way, the Baltimore Sun’s contest for The Mobbies–Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs–ends tomorrow and it’s the last opportunity to vote for them.  A few weeks ago Cinematropolis was nominated in both the categories of Pop Culture and Misfits(a sort of miscellaneous category) and up for consideration of Overall Best Blog. Voters could cast their votes once a day in all three categories until the end of the contest. Continue reading

‘The Epics’ come to the BSO this weekend!

8 Oct

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Oct 8th, 2009–

This weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, lead by conductor Jack Everly, will kick off the BSO SuperPops season with ‘Hollywood: The Epics”. Continue reading