I am starting of this week’s movie previews with my daughter’s much anticipated choice of the week.
In Episode 6 of the LonelyReviewer show, we boldly go, where no man has gone before…sort of. In this new episode Justin and I discuss the new Star Trek film, and somehow manage to completely avoid spoiling it! We also talk a bit about JJ Abrams, and our thoughts about what’s on the horizon for him.
Take a listen, there are two chances to win REDBOX codes in the show, and, as a THIRD way to win, if you comment below, you might ALSO win a free redbox rental. I’ve got a ton of codes, so you have a REALLY good chance to win.
The LonelyReviewer Show is produced in conjunction with Justin’s blog Another Empty Glass
Foreign Friday is back to give you the opportunity to sound more interesting. Not all films are flowers and rainbows, sometimes it can get dark and international cinema has no problem embracing the ugly. This week we head over to Austria for the thoroughly disturbing “Michael”.
As you peruse Rotten Tomatoes, it can be easy to forget that there are actual people behind those numbers. These people have a job that sounds great to the common moviegoer. However, this shiny surface hides a plethora of complexities. Sure, they watch and talk about movies for a living, but film criticism requires dedication and hard work, in a field that is drastically different from when Siskel & Ebert first started using their thumbs. I sat down with Monica Castillo, a freelance film critic who has written for The Phoenix (RIP), DigBoston, Paste Magazine, Bitch Magazine, serves as co-host of Film Geek Radio’s “Cinema Fix” podcast, and is co-founder and current co-chair of The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA), to talk about film criticism, Boston and the evolving film scene.
Happy Monday readers! This great recut of the 1974 trailer using the style and music of Luhrmann’s adaptation dropped over the weekend. Expertly done. Enjoy!
Foreign Friday is your weekly adventure outside the United States to explore the cinematic offerings of the rest of the world. This past Sunday, America celebrated a holiday the best way that it knows how, by shoveling a great amount of food in its mouth hole and washing it down with a torrent of alcohol. As a belated celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I make the trek to Mexico by way of Netflix for “Sleep Dealer”.
Ray Harryhausen’s name was one you would mention only to your friends who were really into movies. Or if you had just met someone and you wanted to test their credits-throw in a Harryhausen reference. If they nodded and agreed, you knew you were in good company.
Here it comes, your new weekly flavor of the world. Foreign Fridays are here to remind you that the international community offers just a bit more than different kinds of food. I now realize that this is sounding a lot like a column about food, but don’t worry it’s about movies. Here I will highlight a film from somewhere other than America in a quest to get you to start reading subtitles. This week’s international entrée (last food reference, I swear) comes from Sweden with the sonic delight of “Sound of Noise.”