VISIONS OF WASTED TIME

VISIONS OF WASTED TIME
4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 5 minutes

This very short film manages to show how the drive to be an artist can be motivated by feelings which are at once ugly and inspiring.


Posted on October 31, 2009 by

ROMA SUB ROSA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 28 minutes

This minimalist historical drama is well-paced and tightly scripted, but the performances range from merely acceptable to miserable.


Posted on October 31, 2009 by

TRICK ‘R TREAT (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! “Trick ‘r Treat” is about the real Halloween – when you can literally smell the fear wafting through the air, where the dead are just a look over your shoulder away, and where superstition and reality begin to blur into the same darkness.


Posted on October 31, 2009 by

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (DVD)

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (DVD)
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

BACK IN BLACK FOR HALLOWEEN 2009! “Fear(s) of the Dark” is a visually exhilarating trip through the darker regions of the subconscious.


Posted on October 31, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: DHAMAAL

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil uncovers a Bollywood ripoff buried under a big W.



Posted on October 30, 2009 by

AN EDUCATION

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 95 minutes

Actor Carey Mulligan easily sheds 8 of her 24 years (well, 22 when the film was made) in a gem of a performance as a curious, daring, and, at times, luminous adolescent.


Posted on October 30, 2009 by

THE RISE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING (PART ONE): EXCERPT FROM THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA

THE RISE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING (PART ONE): EXCERPT FROM <i>THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA</i>

Believe it or not, non-fiction filmmaking’s roots were based in the realm of manipulated reality.



Posted on October 29, 2009 by

THEY CAME TO PLAY

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

The only thing amateur about the film are the players, though they are all winners. Meanwhile, “They Came to Play” inspires in the best documentary fashion.


Posted on October 29, 2009 by

SHADOW BILLIONAIRE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

“Shadow Billionaire” sports many twists and turns, with the intrigue and insight of top-tier journalism.


Posted on October 28, 2009 by

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SERIES (2002) (DVD)

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 127 minutes

The producers claimed it was a “fresh take on the retro classic.” But it’s about as fresh as a box of Velveeta.


Posted on October 28, 2009 by

NOTHING PERSONAL (RIEN DE PERSONAL)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! The comedic aspects of “Nothing Personal” take their time to blossom. Events that are tragic and shocking the first time we see them are hilarious the third time around.


Posted on October 27, 2009 by

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

It is with heavy heart that I report that “The Plan” can be described in a mere five letters: “a mess.”


Posted on October 27, 2009 by

MONTY PYTHON: ALMOST THE TRUTH (THE LAWYER’S CUT) (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 127 minutes

Like a great sports coach whose philosophies reverberate through a league as his assistants move on to their own head coaching jobs, so too has Monty Python’s influence cascaded through the world of popular culture


Posted on October 27, 2009 by

ON GREENING THE CITY: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY

In “The Greening of Southie,” filmmaker Ian Cheney documents the excitement and consequences of an environmentally conscious construction movement.



Posted on October 26, 2009 by

SAW VI

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

Though the same cannot be said of each film in the series, “Saw VI” is visually and narratively solid.


Posted on October 26, 2009 by

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