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AMAD: Sleep Dealer

29 Sep

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September 29th,2009–

cinemagrade b+Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer is one of the most grounded science fiction films I’ve ever seen. The first time director has referred to his work as  “science fiction with many anchors in today’s reality.” He isn’t joking. In the future according to Sleep Dealer, Mexico is walled off, their water supply has become privatized, and day-laborers don’t even have to leave the country to take immigrant jobs. Continue reading

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

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

Movie Review: ‘The Final Destination’? We Can Only Hope

1 Sep

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 The Final Destination in 3D (R)

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 The Final Destination is nothing more than an 80 minute gimmick designed to give the audience outrageous death scenes and jump-in-your seat thrills. That, however, is not the movie’s problem. The problem is that this fourth installment in the ‘tired-the-moment-it-began’ saga is a complete waste of an 80 minute gimmick featuring outrageous death scenes and it lacks any kind of actual thrills. This flick challenges Transformers 2 for the crown of most insipid and intentionally insulting summer entertainment. Most will shrug, roll their eyes and exclaim “I told you so!” but as any horror fan knows, the potential was here for a good time. Continue reading

Fantasia 2009: Knee to the Face!! Thailand’s Crazy ‘Fireball’

21 Aug

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Fireball (NR) 94 min. Directed by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan. Written by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan & Kiat Sansanandana. Starring: Preeti Barameeanat, Khanutra Chuchuaysuwan, Kumpanat Oungsoongnern, Phutharit Prombandal, 9 Million Sam. Cinematography: Teerawat Rujintham, Wardhana Vunchuplou, Suntipong Waiwong. Original music by: Giant Wave.

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Fireball is one crazy sports flick. Before the end, the hero has physically beaten most of his opponents to a bloody pulp, and he did it all in the process of dribbling across the court and slam-dunking the ball. So, yea, Iguess you could call this Thai flick a hybrid of sorts. Everyone else will just call it insane. Feeling like the Direct-to-Video answer to the work of martial artist Tony Jaa, Fireball isn’t going to inspire any thoughtful film criticism but I fully expect it to find a following at festivals like this one. There is a rough hewn charm to the movie’s plentiful stunts and erratic, multi-angled camera work. Who cares if the story sucks; in Thailand screenwriting is a sissie’s job. The real creative forces here are the intrepid camera men who seem to be running right next to touched-in-the-head stuntguys who will literally do anything if it can be captured on film. Continue reading