Tag Archive: Social Drama

May
27

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: TOMORROWLAND

Disney's TOMORROWLANDCasey (Britt Robertson) Ph: Film Frame©Disney 2015

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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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
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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Oct
06

Coca-Cola’s Lesson in Human Values Inspires Tears, Makes You Thirsty (Sponsored Video)

Yeah, this spot from one of Coca-Cola’s overseas branches (not sure which — Singapore? They’re very big on outreach over there) pushes the heartwarming button hard, and makes a certain fizzy, refreshing drink the keystone to its lesson, but at least it’s in the service of motivating better connection between fellow human beings, so I’m …

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Sep
02

Richard Lewis on RICHARD LEWIS: BUNDLE OF NERVES

Richard Lewis stars in his acting debut DIARY OF YOUNG COMIC and (inset) takes it up more than few notches in DRUNKS.

You’ll hear it in the show, and I’m not going to hide it: I was kinda intimidated talking to Richard Lewis. A brilliant comedian with a lightning-fast mind, Lewis has bested interviewers with far more supple intellects than yours truly. To add to my anxiety, I went into the discussion having watched DRUNKS, the 1995 …

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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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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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Jun
26

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: COHERENCE

lizabeth Gracen (left), Lorene Scafaria and Nicholas Brendon are not quite themselves (or are they?) in COHERENCE

There’s nothing particularly wrong with employing the time-space continuum for the pure fun of the concept. EDGE OF TOMORROW makes good sport of it, coming up with a pretty keen action film and allowing Tom Cruise to play comedy beats better than he did in KNIGHT AND DAY. But, given the mind-bending possibilities inherent in …

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Jun
05

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has her own solution to the Vietnam conflict in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

Time is, time was, time’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. There were clearly commercial reasons why the latest chapter in the X-MEN franchise had to be a time travel tale: Having previously flubbed the introduction of a new, younger Professor X and Magneto  (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the producers …

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May
01

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: TRANSCENDENCE

Johnny Depp goes digital in TRANSCENDENCE

So because of Hour of the Wolf’s pre-emption last week, my review of TRANSCENDENCE, the science fiction romantic thriller in which Johnny Depp’s consciousness is loosed on the Web and a number of people — including Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy — fret about what that means for the fate of humankind (hint: …

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