Black Mountain Side November 27

BITS 2014: Black Mountain Side

A scientific outpost isolated in the frozen waste…an ancient artifact, unearthed and exposed to the light of day for the first time in millennia…a powerful force, free and wild and beyond good and evil, manipulating the neuroses and insanities of the humans around it for its own end. Sound familiar? Yet Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain […]

BERKSHIRE November 26

BITS 2014: Berkshire County

Horror films are often most effective when they reflect the viewers innermost fears back onto them. While fantastical villains like Freddy Krueger infiltrate the cinematic imagination, it is the monsters that capture the fears of the times that are the most fascinating. In Berkshire County there are two types of monsters roaming around, but identifying […]

Ikiru 1 November 25

Blind Spot: Ikiru

In Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru there is a fate much worse than death. It is the realization of never truly living. Kurosawa’s film may not be subtle with its message but, as Ikiru deftly shows, life is far too short for restraint. Despite its measured pacing, there is a sense of urgency that flows throughout the […]

The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 November 24

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I

I don’t think I’ve ever jumped into a film series in the middle (nor did I with this one, I’ve seen the other 2 films), but I imagine it might be difficult. Most films that are part of a series dedicate at least a few minutes to catch you up (or a big cold open […]

The Departed Poster November 23

Talking 2006 Oscars on The Dew Over

At the 2006 Academy Awards Martin Scorsese’s The Departed not only took Best Picture, but also nabbed the filmmaker his first Academy Award for Best Director. While Scorsese’s directorial prowess is hard to argue against, was The Departed really the best film of that year? Is there another film from 2006 that should have pulled […]

Mannequin1 November 21

80’s Library: Mannequin

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a blog post for my beloved feature, 80’s Library.  I was inspired by an 80’s film I happened to see on TV recently: Mannequin.  It’s a silly film about a mannequin who comes to life, but it’s so darn entertaining that I can’t help but enjoy […]

The Imitation Game November 20

The Imitation Game

Based on Andrew Hodges book Alan Turing: The Enigma, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is a fast-paced tale that focuses on a race against the clock to break a seemingly unbreakable code. The source of the dilemma is the Enigma machine, a device that could shift the war in the Allies favor if cracked. Filled […]

The Sea is All I know November 19

Shorts Spotlight: The Sea is All I Know

Back in 2012, when writing for another site, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to review the emotionally gripping The Sea is All I Know during the height of its awards run. Two years later the film is finally available for mass consumption and it still packs the same punch today as it […]

Dear White People 4 November 18

Dear White People

An unexpected thing occurred while watching Justin Simien brilliant comedy Dear White People. A wave of emotion washed over me, one that is tough to put in words. Sitting in a cavernous theatre with six other individuals, I was instantly transported back to my own university days. It was as if a time capsule had […]

sceneitnov201415 November 17

I Have Scene It Before

It is time to test your film knowledge with the November edition of I Have Scene It Before. Last month 19 of the 21 films were identified. The two films that proved challenging were: the zombie horror-comedy Dead Snow (#7) and the 1987 comedy Summer School (#12). Here is this month’s selection of film scenes. […]

Fasten Your Seatbelts November 15

EUFF 2014: Fasten Your Seatbelts

Working in a picturesque cafe in Southern Italy, Elena (Kasia Smutniak) dreams of owning her own business with her best friend Fabio (Filippo Scicchitano). When not toiling away at work, the pair enjoy spending time with their lively friend Sylvia (Carolina Crescentini). However, Elena is not too fond of Sylvia’s obnoxious mechanic boyfriend Antonio (Francesco […]

Reel Asian - Brahmin Bulls 2 November 14

Reel Asian 2014: Brahmin Bull

Sid Sharma’s (Sendhil Ramamurthy) life is in a tailspin that he cannot seem to get out off. His marriage has eroded to the point where he and his wife Ellie (Cassidy Freeman) have temporarily separated for the last or six month with no sign of resolution. To make matters worse, after years of paying his […]


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