Category Archive: Hour of the Wolf

Jul
17

New Term – Drop This into Your Erudite Film Conversations Today!

I’m not sure that this technique has an official term (if so, please alert me), but I’d like to put this on public record, just in case: CONSENSUS BY MONTAGE: When a filmmaker, primarily documentary, seeks to emphasize that the impression of a thing or event isn’t just the opinion of one person by cutting …

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Mar
25

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD: You Can’t Steam-Clean Steampunk – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

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Soooo much to cover in one, brief segment! First, I look at the French animated film APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, and how it takes on the genre of steampunk in a way few steampunkers dare to consider. Then I have some belated thoughts on the entertaining comic book movie, DEADPOOL, and highlight a standout …

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Mar
17

ZOOTOPIA: The Furry Fight Against Trump – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

NATURAL ENEMIES — Zootopia's first bunny officer Judy Hopps finds herself face to face with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox in Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia." Featuring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy and Jason Bateman as Nick, "Zootopia" opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Here’s a curious thing: A fun, funny, action-packed animated family film that just by happenstance strikes at the very core of the ugliness behind the presidential campaign of a certain, stubby-fingered, orange-American. Couldn’t have been by design, not with production schedules for CG animation being what they are, but there it is: ZOOTOPIA — anthropomorphized …

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Dec
24

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS – The Joyous Case for Merely Good

As presented on HOUR OF THE WOLF. I’m going through a terminal case of the Christmas blues right now, and the last thing I want to talk about is STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Not because it’s a bad film, because it isn’t — J.J. Abrams isn’t God, but he is a good …

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Aug
23

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE MACHINE

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“The Machine, Dan? The Machine? Surely you must mean Ex Machina, the dark, sensual drama about a young programmer falling into the thrall of an eerily human-like android, the film that grabbed so much attention earlier this year. That’s the film you’re talking about, right?” No, no I’m actually talking about The Machine, another film …

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Jul
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: SELF/LESS & JELLYFISH EYES & A HARD DAY

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This is a real “watch this, not that,” segment this time. Self/less was the “serious” opening last weekend — directed by overt stylist Tarsem Singh, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley — and the worst sin that could be leveled at it was that it was kind of stoopid. But then, the weekend also saw …

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Jul
05

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE MIDNIGHT SWIM

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You can be forgiven. If your first thought when you hear the phrase, “found-footage mockumentary” is a sincere wish that somebody should have released a Web virus long ago to wipe every copy of The Blair Witch Project off every server on Earth, that’s certainly understandable. So I’m aware of the risk I’m taking by …

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Jun
28

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INSIDE OUT

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Okay, right, yeah, sure, sure: Inside Out is a wall-to-wall wonder, good news for anyone who despaired that the animation studio, Pixar — after numerous missteps — had lost its mojo, and who, frankly, would’ve rejoiced in any glimmer of the ol’ Pixar verve now. It’s better than that, far better. But while you’re alternating …

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Jun
18

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD

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Seriously critiquing a film that in its first weekend has managed to gross over a half-billion dollars worldwide is not unlike trying to hand-feed a pork chop to a velociraptor — risks are involved. Nevertheless, there are moments in Jurassic World where it’s clear the makers intended something more ambitious than just giving the audience …

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Jun
04

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: REALITY

CATCH-UP THURSDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/16/15:It’s the movie about the dream about the film about the movie about the dream. Here’s my review of Quentin Dupieux’s surreal comedy, Reality. Annnnnnd, that catches us up. Thanks for playing!

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