Tag Archive: Justice

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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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.

Jan
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: PREDESTINATION

Ethan Hawke warps the time-lines in PREDESTINATION.

It’s January Mysteries time! Usually it’s no secret why a film gets given a January release date. The month’s largely a dumping ground, a catch-all for films that, for one reason or another, have been found wanting. But occasionally a film lands in the month that, from all on-screen evidence, should have received better treatment. …

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Oct
31

Director Alexandre Aja on HORNS: The CFQ Interview

Daniel Radcliffe moves past his wizardly ways in HORNS.

A break from the standard Halloween fare of mad slashers and paranormal infestations, the new film HORNS brings a decidedly hometown slant to an examination of the good and evil that lives in all of us. Daniel Radcliffe plays Ig, a man (yes, man — we’re a long way from Hogwart’s) whose status within his …

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May
05

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Andrew Garfield (left) and Dane DeHaan are but two flies trapped in the tangled web that is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

To be perfectly blunt about it, big studio blockbuster releases typically don’t fail as spectacularly as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Oh they can be bad, but a comforting buffer of test screenings, focus groups, top-level executive intervention, and directorial and editorial wisdom tend to at least modulate them into some form of narrative coherence. Watching …

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Apr
03

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: NOAH

Noah (2014)

I take a few moments at the beginning of this week’s segment for WBAI 99.5FM’s Hour of the Wolf to address host Jim Freund’s calling me out for my pronunciation of the word “erudite” during last week’s review of DIVERGENT. Nothing contentious, mind, just a clarification. Then, it’s time to let the flood commence. A literal …

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Mar
31

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: Noah

The strengths of Darren Aronofsky's NOAH go beyond mere spectacle.

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Three months into 2014, we finally move beyond the execrable and the mediocre, to something imaginative, exciting, and just flat-out worthy of praise. NOAH allows director Darren Arnofosky to apply his characteristically iconoclastic vision to the classic Bible tale, transforming the historic setting into a fantastic world where …

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Feb
28

Review: KIDS FOR CASH

The courtroom was the scene of the crime in KIDS FOR CASH.

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella wants you to know it was never about Kids for Cash. In his interviews with director Robert May (and kudos to the documentary-maker for scoring lens-time with the perpetrators of this scandal, along with their victims), he bristles against being tagged with that identifier. And, indeed, he’s got a point: It’s …

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Feb
19

Review: CHILD’S POSE

Luminita Gheorghiu in CHILD'S POSE.

American movies apply a pretty straightforward technique to devastate an audience: build up the emotion; accelerate the cutting; maybe throw in some shouting; add a swell of music; boom, you’re there. Things apparently are different in Romania. Maybe Romanians are a more patient people, or we’re seeing the remnants of a culture where, not all …

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Jan
24

Review: MARS AT SUNRISE

Heightened reality illustrates the conflict between a Palestinian artist (Ali Suliman, left) and an Israeli solider (Guy El Hanan) in MARS AT SUNRISE.

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians goes on and on, amazingly, distressingly. A comedian I recently heard on a podcast said that, past fifty, all Jews suddenly decide that Israel is their top priority, but that hasn’t been the case for me (chalk it up to my parents’ slipshod efforts to instill the faith in …

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