ANIMAL KINGDOM

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 112 minutes

With “Animal Kingdom,” filmmaker Michod suggests that when the chips are down, we’re not here to walk old ladies across the street for merit badges. We’re here to survive. Period.


Posted on October 4, 2010 by

TWICE BITTEN: “LET ME IN” VS. “LET THE RIGHT ONE IN”

Burned one too many times by lousy American remakes of foreign films? Keep the faith. “Let Me In” is a rare movie miracle that does the job right…



Posted on October 4, 2010 by

MACHETE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 105 minutes

Robert Rodriguez is the Mexican Dr. Frankenstein of film, and “Machete,” a South-of-the-border variation on “Mad Max” with exaggerated, “Mexploitation” politics, is his monster creation…


Posted on September 6, 2010 by

SEEING DOUBLE MESRINE: INTERVIEW WITH VINCENT CASSEL

As real-life French madman Jacques Mesrine, Vincent Cassel blasts us with both barrels in “Killer Instinct” and “Public Enemy No. 1”…



Posted on August 11, 2010 by

REFN RISING: INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR NICOLAS WINDING REFN

Our interview has been delayed by four hours, at Refn’s request. Between vocal kids and ringing telephones, a chaotic vibe can be sensed during this fragmented landline discussion. However, once the quirky filmmaker behind “Valhalla Rising” surrenders his time and gets into the “zone,” he’s an honest, generous interview subject…



Posted on July 28, 2010 by

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 129 minutes

Haven’t read Larsson’s books, or seen the first film? Then good luck finding this one more than a puzzling mess…


Posted on July 13, 2010 by

RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

New on DVD! Enjoy compelling drama and grand adventure? Then fuck “Prince of Persia” and revel in the sight of legendary neon noisemakers pillaging the planet and answering to no-one…


Posted on July 7, 2010 by

HUGH HEFNER TAKES ALL THE ARROWS: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER BRIGITTE BERMAN

Filmmaker Brigitte Berman reveals the bare truth about “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.” Think Hugh Hefner is all silk bathrobes and D-cupped bunnies? Read on…



Posted on June 17, 2010 by

TWISTED ROOTS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Twisted Roots” chronicles the seemingly insurmountable odds faced by a family putting out too many fires at once…


Posted on June 3, 2010 by

CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST – IN 3D

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Secreting toxic ooze and dripping slime, 1.5 billion determined cane toads are hopping across Australia…


Posted on June 2, 2010 by

HOLY ROLLERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 89 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Holy Rollers” suggests that beneath our diverse beliefs, clothes, and customs, an internal, eternal war rages between sin and salvation. It’s one helluva ride…


Posted on May 31, 2010 by

SICK HICK FLICK: DIRECTOR ELI CRAIG AND ACTOR TYLER LABINE ON “TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL”

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” takes the ill-fated canoe of “Deliverance” and dunks it refreshingly upside-down. Filmmaker Eli Craig and actor Tyler Labine discuss humor, horror, and the creative use of blood super-soakers…



Posted on May 26, 2010 by

MOONSTRUCK: EXPLORING THE UNSTOPPABLE VAMPIRE VIRUS OF “NEW MOON”

While I have little use for the series, the “Twilight Experience” – with its thunderous marketing campaign, religious fan base, and unique, emotional tug-of-war between repression and desire – is oddly fascinating.



Posted on November 22, 2009 by

GOOD EVENING FOLKS, WE’RE THE PINE BOX BOYS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88 minutes

If Sergio Leone hosted a backyard barbecue, the Pine Box Boys would be tailor made to serenade any crusty cusses in attendance.


Posted on November 14, 2009 by

ONG BAK 2

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 98 minutes

“Ong Bak 2” is a staggering symphony of physical mayhem, with Tony Jaa its masterful conductor. You’ll leave the theater dazed, exhausted, and exhilarated.


Posted on October 20, 2009 by

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