Film Review: Frank

Film Review: Frank

Frank opens in limited release August 22nd. Check your local listings for showtimes.

No, the pictures are not a joke. The Frank of the film’s title is in fact a man who spends his life wearing a large fiberglass head. In its very concept, it is as if the film is proudly waving its freak flag. Alerting all those that this is just a bit weird and certainly of the indie persuasion. [Read more...]

Video of the Week: Every Hitchcock Cameo

Video of the Week: Every Hitchcock Cameo

I love Hitchcock. Who doesn’t? From “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train,” to “Rebecca,” “Psycho,” and the “The Birds,” Alfred Hitchcock is truly one of the greatest filmmakers to have ever lived. Of course, what he was known for were is short cameos, generally in the earlier part of the picture, as spotting him became such a game that he felt it was taking away from the story.

What’s your favorite Hitchcock cameo? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters nationwide today, August 1. Check your local listings for showtimes.

As soon as Iron Man was getting us excited about the prospect of what comic book movies could be, our hopes were somewhat dashed with Iron Man 2. It wasn’t really until The Avengers that we saw just how great this Marvel Cinematic Universe had the potential to be. Unfortunately, the path post-Avengers has been about as up and down as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Iron Man 3 fell right between its first two installments in terms of quality, and Thor: The Dark World was just a bit worse than its mediocre first piece. [Read more...]

Film Review: Lucy

Film Review: Lucy

Lucy opens in theaters nationwide today, July 25. Check your local listings for showtimes.

There was a time when cinephiles could actually get excited for the latest Luc Besson film. No, no, not one of the many films the guy is credited for writing, or the even more he produces. I am talking about those films where Besson’s name followed that hallowed “directed by” credit. That snapshot of time in the early 90s when he crafted action with brains. [Read more...]

Video of the Week: Sunnyside, Queens

Video of the Week: Sunnyside, Queens

Everyone hates vertical video, even if you don’t know what it is, you’ve seen it before. It’s those videos shot on mobile phones with the device held vertically. But this is the first time I’ve seen something shot in that way where I’m happy to post it as our Video of the Week.

Filmmaker Dan Toth used iPhones to create this triptych (a multi-panel work consisting of 3 sections) of Sunnyside, Queens. A tribute to the New York City borough, he created this piece to show the neighborhood he called home for two years.

Enjoy!

Film Review: Borgman

Film Review: Borgman

Borgman opens in Boston today, July 18. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Often when you find a really great film, it’s something that you want to revisit. You look forward to going back into that masterfully crafted other world to scavenge for gems that you casually passed by the first time. Drafthouse Films, the film distribution offshoot of the incomparable Alamo Drafthouse, does not seem interested in that kind of success. Having released 22 films since their 2010 inception, every single one is just strange or unsettling enough to make it unappetizing to your average film distributor. Borgman keeps with this tradition, a film that is just as confusing and disturbing as it is fantastic. [Read more...]

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I was a huge fan of Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 film, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” He successfully restarted a franchise that had been lying dormant since Burton’s laughably awful “reimagining” in 2001 of the original film franchise. Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” explores the origins of the super-smart primates, the first steps of the demise of the human race, and the rise of hyper-intelligent super apes that will (spoiler alert!) eventually take over the world.

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Film Review: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Film Review: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz opens in limited release on Friday, June 27. Check your local listings for showtimes.

I use the internet every day for most of the hours that I am awake. If you were to take the internet away from me tomorrow, I would be lost and just a bit scared. I am of a generation that has had internet available for most of its life. Sure, I remember the endless AOL CDs, the agonizing screech of a dial-up connection, and the frustration of a phone pick up disconnection; but it has almost always been there. [Read more...]

Video of the Week: Why Beta Lost to VHS

Video of the Week: Why Beta Lost to VHS

Format wars are completely interesting – the HD-DVD vs Bluray brought back memories of the infamous battle of Sony’s Betamax vs JVC’s VHS. In this video, YouTuber engineerguy, gives some great reasons to why VHS won over the much superior first to market Betamax.

 

 

Film Review: Willow Creek

Film Review: Willow Creek

Note: This film was reviewed in 2013 at its premiere at IFFBoston.

I’m not a fan of found footage movies. In fact, since “The Blair Witch Project,” the only other found footage film I’ve enjoyed was “Cloverfield.” Then along came “Willow Creek,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest film, which is certainly a successful departure from his past work.

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