Film review by: Gordon K. Smith In the decades since STAR WARS, ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER made science-fiction epics viable box-office commodities, the genre has largely been identified by slimy aliens, super heroes, violence and lots (and lots and lots) of things blowing up real good. What's gotten lost too much of the time is the science-fiction of ideas, the kind that … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Interstellar” a mixed bag. But still…see it.
Film Review by: Bill Graham Charm and darkness rarely go hand in hand but "Big Hero 6" doesn’t seem to enjoy just simply being a quality kids movie. Instead, it wants to push some boundaries where it can and take you for the ride. So often I see adults lament animated movies. It’s like they forgot what they were raised on happens to play well across many ages if done right, … [Read more...] about Movie Review: “Big Hero 6” – Go see this film! So charming and funny.
A Look Back: "Buraddo" (2009) English Title: BloodReview by: Ifakoya English BEHOLD! One of the most boring vampire movies ever made! I should have known this movie was going to be boring since it had a blander title than “Monster Girls Squad” but being that I got a kick out of movies with much simpler titles like “Q’ I decided I might as well give it a fair trial. … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Buraddo” – A look back at why we shouldn’t look back
Review by: Mut Asheru UNDERSTANDING MOVIES is an entertaining short film directed by Yim Ji-eun that comically points out how the business and art of filmmaking can step on each other’s toes much to the detriment of the end product. It demonstrates what can happen when so called "experts and their lauded rules get involved" in the creative process when the original vision … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Understanding Movies” – Cleverly gives the finger to the rules of filmmaking
Review by: Mut Asheru Others have referred to this film as a “road-trip” movie. But it’s not. SHUTTLECOCK (셔틀콕) directed by Lee Yu-bin (이유빈) tells the story of 3step-siblings who have to find a way to live with and take care of each other after their parents deaths. Shuttlecock is a badminton term used for the ball that is hit between the opposing opponent’s racquets. … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Shuttlecock” – An indie Korean film that we liked
Film Review by: Gordon K Smith After a slew of gargantuan summer action epics (some I liked, others I didn't), here's a little movie made with just a few actors and locations in a couple of weeks, that has more originality and wit than any of those epics, and it says more about what makes love work, or not, than the last ten star-driven rom-coms. It's THE ONE I … [Read more...] about Film Review: “The One I Love” – With Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass is full of originality and wit
Film review by: Gordon K. Smith I had high expectations for ARE YOU HERE, the feature film debut for writer/director Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men. I love Mad Men, and revere that there's at least one cable series that finds drama in character detail and dialog instead of gratuitous flesh/gore and guns in faces (an image that is becoming much too ubiquitous). … [Read more...] about Movie Review: “Are You Here” – Does Matthew Weiner’s storytelling gifts translate well to the big screen?
A Look Back: "Ichi" (2008) English: …..Still Ichi Studio: Shochiku Distributor[s]: Warner Bros. Japan and Funimation Review by: Ifakoya English When your movie has the ability to make me smile just by looking at the poster. You’ve done something right. This film is a little gem, especially to those fans of the Zatoichi films or just Chambara [Samurai Cinema] films in … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Ichi”…It compels you, it draws you to it
Review By: Bill Graham Everything about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes seems to be about elevation. What started as a viral spread of infection in Rise of the Planet of the Apes has turned into a full-blown epidemic on a global scale that has resulted in billions of people dying, the dissolution of governments and the general collapse of mankind. The apes rule, at least in … [Read more...] about Movie Review: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”…seems to be about elevation
Review By: Bill Graham I’m genuinely curious what a Michael Bay Transformers script would look like. How does it develop? What is the process behind it? Does it start with a general idea and just balloon to what is ultimately on the screen? That’s about the only way I can see a movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction being created. I suffer from ADHD myself, but I take … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction”…we just can’t