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Hit the Brakes

‘Non-Stop’ proves it’s time for Neeson to get a better action gig

Meh It’s winter, and that means one thing: Liam Neeson will kill the hell out of people. Taken is the first in Neeson’s old-dude-slaughtering series of films. The Grey, Taken 2, and Unknown follow it.

Monday, March 3, 2014 David Riedel

Was it something that he said?

Calling ‘Gloria’

Meh Bars. Dancing. Hot sex. Cigarettes. Sounds like a movie that takes place in Miami in the 1980s, but in reality it’s Gloria, a present-day movie about a divorced Chilean woman in her early 50s.

Monday, March 3, 2014 David Riedel

300: Rise of my lunch

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ proves too much blood can be boring

Barf 300: Rise of an Empire has no ideology, purpose or ambition beyond being blood-and-guts spectacle on a massive scale. If that’s your idea of a great flick, please enjoy. 

Monday, March 3, 2014 David Riedel

Switched at Birth

‘Like Father, Like Son’ is a subtle masterpiece

Yay Life is going according to plan for Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), a successful executive, and Midori (Machiko Ono) a stay-at-home mother to their son, Keita (Keita Ninomiya).

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 David Riedel

If De-Elevator Tries to Bring You Down...

‘Purple Rain’ is great while simultaneously being terrible

Yay Electric movie, Purple Rain, its story is ill conceived and its performances worse. But I’m here to tell you there’s something else: Its historical significance.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 David Riedel

Killing Hollywood-Style for Real

‘The Act of Killing’ is a bizarre must-see

See The Act of Killing is such a surreal movie it’s almost hard to believe that all the killings in it took place. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 David Riedel

Endless Schlock

If by “endless” we mean 107 minutes, because that’s how long 'Endless Love' is

Ok Cut Endless Love a break. David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) are the endless lovers, and everyone else plays his or her part in this over-the-top bordering-on-melodrama silliness.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 David Riedel

Nerves and Blood

I wish I didn’t know 'In Secret' is based on 'Thérèse Raquin'

Ok One of the least pleasant activities any human can experience is the drudgery of reading Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin. Zola’s exploration of naturalism—a bleak worldview wherein characters are placed in...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 David Riedel

And Now, Your Cinematic Cigarette

Here are some movies to get you in the mood (or kill it with an icepick)

Love & Sex Like everything else in our super advertised, heavily marketed consumer culture, the day has been taken over by large corporations that want you to spend money unnecessarily on bogus products to prove, loudly, ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 David Riedel

Eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way

Actually, the boat in ‘Maidentrip’ is 40 feet, but CSN seemed appropriate here

Yay What kind of parent lets a 14-year-old sail solo around the world? What kind of 14-year-old wants to undertake that journey? 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 David Riedel
 
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