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Movie Review: ’44 Inch Chest’ is full of British treasures

15 Jan

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44 Inch Chest (R) 112 min. Directed by: Malcolm Venville Written by: Louis Mellis & David Scinto Starring: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Whalley Cinematography: Dan Landin Original Score: Angelo Badalamenti

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There are six men in the room. It’s one of those run-down, grimy hotel jobs where the walls haven’t seen a paint roller in centuries, and the furnishings suggests it’s mostly used for taking care of unsavory business best not exposed to the light. Now imagine for a moment, you are the sixth man in the room…who happens to be tied to a chair with a bag over your head, listening to the other five decide your fate. Continue reading

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AMAD-Horror Edition: Dark Country

1 Oct

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October 1st,2009–

Wow. October’s already here! From this point forward I’m gonna set a genre for AMAD and stick to it for the entire month. This time, it will be horror films–surprise, surprise!–and every day from here to October 31st I’ll be highlighting a different one, preferably something I haven’t seen before. Below, I’ll throw up the lineup for the next five days so you can keep track. So, let’s get started today with the Thomas Jane directed thriller Dark Country that mixes 3/4 noir with 1/4 Twilight Zone and produces an interesting modern riff on the ‘killer on the deserted highway’ motif.

cinemagrade b-I have alot of respect for Thomas Jane as an actor. He’s consistently taking roles and projects that aren’t a ‘sure’ thing and even if they don’t always pan out (Mutant Chronicles) he gets the credit for mixing it up and taking risks. He’s also quite talented and more than capable of elevating a movie with his performance. He’s easily the best thing about The Punisher 2004 and hits all the right notes in The Mist. He also seems relatively grounded and in-touch with his work and his fanbase. Jane and David Arquette brought the entertaining and silly The Tripper to The Senator Theater’ in ’07 and had alot of fun screening it for the audience that showed.  You can see from the clip below that they really got into the event and were not concerned with  holding themselves at a distance from the audience. Top that all off with the fact he’s a native son of Baltimore. Continue reading

Harry Lime heads to the big screen and The Senator heads to auction

29 May
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It’s official. The Senator is headed to auction on July 21st where the BDC (Baltimore Development Corporation) will preside over the sale. The Senator Theatre will be sold for no less than a bid of  1 million dollars.  For further details regarding the specifics of the auction and the circumstances surrounding it, check out yesterday’s Baltimore Sun article about The Senator.  

Theres also this editorial letter calling for respect for Tom Kiefauber’s work and contribution to The Senator over the years.

Right now, The Senator is still showing films and this weekend its playing a bona fide masterpiece, Carol Reed’s noir thriller The Third Man. If you have never seen it then I suggest you check it out at The Senator if you can.  My wife and I are showing the film as part of an upcoming movie night event at our house, so I’ll have a more detailed review of it up then. My advice would be to walk into it knowing as little as possible. You won’t be disappointed.

Showtimes for The Third Man, as well as Yellow Submarine and the Pink Floyd concert film P.U.L.S.E  are HERE.

 

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