Category Archive: Review

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!

Jun
03

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO

CATCH-UP WEDNESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/16/15: Sorry, Orphan Black, not all clones are twenty-something and kinda hot. Sometimes they’re middle-aged and come with a lot of baggage. Here’s my review of The Reconstruction of William Zero.

Jun
02

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: CHEATIN’

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/9/15: The course of true love never runs smooth. When cartoonist Bill Plympton is presiding, it can get downright kinky. Here’s my review of Cheatin’.

May
31

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: SPRING

CATCH-UP SUNDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. From 4/2/15: Imagine if Richard Linklater called Julie Delpy in just before the cameras rolled on Before Sunrise and said, “I’ve got a bit of a twist for your character…” That’s the basic concept behind Spring, …

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May
27

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: TOMORROWLAND

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Upon reflection, it turns out I’ve been looking forward to Tomorrowland more than I’ve been looking forward to any actual tomorrows. Which is ironic, because that is pretty much what this film — directed by Brad Bird, who co-scripted with Damon Lindelof — is about. It is, of course, easier to get excited about the …

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May
26

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: PADDINGTON

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. Remember Paddington, from this past January? Hey, that was a pretty good film, right? I thought so, too, with a few reservations, and I cover it all in this review, which aired 1/22/15.

May
24

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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Well, here I am, once again hanging alone around the perimeter while the vast majority of critics and fans are having a veritable orgy of delight over Mad Max: Fury Road. Yes it’s a crazy, inventive film. Yes, the action is outsized and breathtaking. And yet my reaction is a resounding, “Meh.” How did it …

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