Category Archive: Hour of the Wolf

Dec
15

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE BEAST & IMMORAL TALES

The Beast (1975)

Kirk Cameron can kid himself, but these are the films that will truly save Christmas. Just in time to provide a respite for anyone sick of all that Holly-Jolly, IFC is releasing a pair of notorious erotic classics to the cinema. Walerian Borowczyk’s THE BEAST and IMMORAL TALES had their original debuts in the ’70’s, …

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Dec
13

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Usually, when you play “Whatever Happened To…?” it’s with some washed-up celebrity. You track the downward career spiral of a Max Baer Jr, a Johnny Whittaker, a Kim Kardashian (not yet, but one day, one day), and get a concentrated lesson in the impermanence of fame. Interesting thing, though: You can play the game with …

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Nov
20

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD

An animated classic thirty years in the making gets its US debut in THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD.

If you’ve been going through the vast collection of films that have lapsed into the pubic domain — and you probably have, because who can afford entertainment otherwise? — you’ve likely stumbled upon an animated feature called, The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, a strange little thing with voices by such luminaries as Peter Ustinov, …

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Nov
13

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INTERSTELLAR

When Planting Your Blanket and Umbrella, Please Remember About High Tide: The Search for Earth 2 Commences in INTERSTELLAR.

Here’s the dilemma: I saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was twelve years old, and to say it was a formative experience is an understatement. The film fundamentally changed the way I thought about science fiction, narrative story-telling, and the nature of film itself. Not that I was cognizant of all of …

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Nov
09

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: LFO

Patrik Karlson gets a taste of unbounded power in LFO.

Not all megalomaniacs are preening, medal-bedecked-uniform-wearing, sociopathic assholes. Sometimes they’re mousy, tatty, middle-class husbands with a basement full of electronic equipment and a murderous secret to hide. In LFO, Patrick Karlson plays an amateur scientist who discovers a sonic thrum that renders people susceptible to whatever suggestions cross his warped little mind. Bad news for …

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Aug
21

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE GIVER

Jeff Bridges (left) and Brenton Thwaites go where only the Pepperidge Farms man previously dared to tread, remembering the way things used to be in THE GIVER.

I had my concerns about The Giver, another, teen-oriented film from the Weinstein Company. After all, TWC’s previous effort in this arena was Vampire Academy, and that blatant mish-mosh of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, and whatever else has been luring adolescent females to the theaters didn’t go down too smoothly. Serving as definite …

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Aug
14

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Megan Fox (back to camera) confronts one of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. That's Leonardo, if you care. We don't.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES got nothing to worry about. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES doing quite well, thank you very much. Got the big-budget, Michael Bay treatment (he’s the producer on this one; Jonathan Liebesman directed); came in #1 at the box office this past weekend; has the almost inevitable sequel already in the works. Yup, …

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Aug
07

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

(l to r) Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt tap their inner Han Solo in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

Welcome to August, the month when studios, having already fired off all their high-profile (not to mention high concept) summer guns, unleash what amounts to their second tier of releases, the stuff that doesn’t automatically trigger broad media attention, things with a more… “culty,” shall we say?… appeal, and things that are, let’s just say …

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Jul
24

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: I ORIGINS/MOOD INDIGO

Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris float above impending troubles in MOOD INDIGO.

This past weekend was just chock full of magical, whimsical women breaking studious, guarded men out of their cocoons. No, not SEX TAPE — I have no idea about how that plot plays out and, besides, that’s not genre. But otherwise, for all their divergent approaches to the material, both I ORIGINS and MOOD INDIGO …

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Jul
17

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Human Jason Clarke finds relations strained with simian neighbors (l to r) Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, and Karin Konoval in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

This is a trivial question, but it’s been bugging me, so let me get it out, okay? Why is the sequel to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES called DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES? I mean, “dawn” suggests a beginning, right? And you can’t actually rise until you begin, right? So shouldn’t …

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