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“Will the landslide bring you down?”

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
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The title I chose for this discussion prompt is from a well-known Fleetwood Mac song, “Landslide,” a song from which I pulled the title of my actual detailed review of an intriguing film, Clouds of Sils Maria (also appropriate because of the Alps setting of the story) starring renowned French actor (despite the objections of  [ Read More ]

Heroes and Villains, from Comic Books to Forests

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 11 - 2015 0 Comment
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Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit a height of over $875 million globally (and still actively climbing, which will surely take it farther up than its current #38 on the All-Time global list) I doubt there’s much I could say about this over-stuffed story that would matter as it’s already been actively seen  [ Read More ]

Eternal Women

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
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A couple of interesting choices available to you at many of your local movie houses feature two very unique female (although you may have to consider and debate that term where one of them is concerned) protagonists (although you might well consider one of them more as the antagonist, depending on where your sympathies lie  [ Read More ]

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted by Zak Wojnar On April - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
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“Everyone creates the thing they dread.” Tony Stark, you big jerk! You’ve doomed us all! The ego-driven industrialist has finally screwed up big-time with his latest invention, Ultron. The artificial intelligence, which should have been an agent of global protection, immediately deduces that the best way to accomplish his mission is with the extinction of  [ Read More ]

History Offers Some Bitter Lessons

Posted by Ken Burke On April - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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There are a couple of films somewhat available for your consideration if you’re looking for alternatives to such fare as Furious 7, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Home, The Longest Ride, and Get Hard (although the one I want to promote the most, Black Souls, will be the hardest to find as it’s seemingly playing  [ Read More ]

New Trailer for JURASSIC WORLD

Posted by Mark Bridge On April - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
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Just when you thought genetically recreating dinosaurs was enough to bring partrons to the park, they had genetically create a hybrid.  This is the premise of the brand new Jurassic World comming to theaters this summer.  Colin Trevorrow looks like he might bring the magic back to the Jurassic Park franchise if judging from this  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Gold, Old, and Rolled

Posted by Ken Burke On April - 16 - 2015 0 Comment
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I’m not going to try to rationalize any connections among the most recent cinematic opportunities that I’ve had a chance to see and review; they’re just three unrelated current releases playing in at least some of your local movie houses, the latter one especially which may be on its way to being seen by everyone  [ Read More ]

Inspirations from John Lennon, Part 2

Posted by Ken Burke On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
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While it apparently never got a chance to play very much in the U.S., Spain’s entry in the competition for the most recent Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, tells a marvelously-intriguing story, based in fact, about a Spanish teacher of English to middle-school kids back in 1966 who was  [ Read More ]

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There are two great documentaries well worth your time to see, but they’re playing in the giant shadow of the recent opening of the car-crazies in Furious 7 (took in an astounding $147 million domestically in its first weekend, now has climbed to over $161 million making it the third-highest-grossing film of 2015 in less  [ Read More ]

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It took me almost as long to get around to seeing one of the movies in my latest reviews as it did for some of the protagonists to get into present day (considering that group is all vampires from a time span of many millennia ago all the way up to our current era where a  [ Read More ]

Review – Furious Seven

Posted by Zak Wojnar On March - 31 - 2015 0 Comment
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“Dominic Toretto. You don’t know me. But you’re about to.” In the cutthroat world of Hollywood movie-making, there are not many franchises which can limp their way to seven or more entries, and even fewer which can inspire one to issue a statement as seemingly ridiculous as the one I am about to make: Furious  [ Read More ]

Wild Pitches That Strike Home

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 23 - 2015 0 Comment
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As you can read in my detailed review of three options that you might have at your local movie houses—one for sure, as it’s playing actively all over the world, but the other two may be considerably harder to find—there are some varied choices to be found in current offerings that should provide something useful  [ Read More ]

Double Dev (Patel, that is) Delights (mostly, that is)

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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While Dev Patel’s characters in both of the current, competing releases, Chappie and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, aren’t exactly the central focus of these respective movies they are critical in energizing the two plots which deal respectively with: (1) the challenges faced by humanity when true sentient consciousness emerges in a computer-driven robot  [ Read More ]

Hidden Sides of Public Life

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
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The odd but somewhat appropriate pairing of new cinematic options for you in Maps to the Stars and Focus, with analysis contained in my most recent detailed reviews, presents us with stories that take place behind the standard facades of normality, whether that “normality” is the exaggerated, meta-media world of Hollywood filmmaking or the sites  [ Read More ]

Final Oscar Catch-Ups and Some Newer Offerings

Posted by Ken Burke On March - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
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Now that the dust has settled from the recent Oscar award decisions for films released in 2014 (details on the winners, along with my somewhat-correct predictions available if you’re still interested in looking them over) I’ve finally had a chance to see some of the now-somewhat-passé (but still worth seeing) contenders (including a couple of  [ Read More ]

Oscar Predictions for 2014 Films

Posted by Ken Burke On February - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
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 I invite you to read my new posting at my Film Reviews from Two Guys in the Dark blog site (although I’m the only one writing reviews, but it’s a long story …), which is my cluster of predictions for who will win the Oscars—to be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015—for feature, documentary, and short  [ Read More ]

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    By now 2014 is getting to be a distant image in the rear-view mirror but it’ll stage a notable comeback this coming weekend (Sunday, Feb. 22, 5:30pm PST/8:30 EST, ABC TV) when the Oscars are given out for what the majority of about 6,000 voters determine their opinions to be for the top  [ Read More ]

Review – Jupiter Ascending

Posted by Zak Wojnar On February - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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“I love dogs.”   The Wachowskis have unlimited chances. The way I see it, they made The Matrix, and thus can do whatever they want, forever. Speed Racer was ahead of its time and Cloud Atlas was too esoteric to ever stand a chance, but Andy and Lana Wachowski are back at bat to take  [ Read More ]

Review – Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted by Zak Wojnar On February - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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“I don’t make love. I fuck. Hard.” After months of casting shake-ups, on-set drama, and fevered anticipation, Fifty Shades is finally upon us, and it doesn’t totally suck. It kind of sucks, but not totally. And that wasn’t supposed to be a fellatio joke, but I suppose that’s out of my hands now. Anyway, Fifty  [ Read More ]

Spider-Man Joins the MCU, 4 Marvel Films get Pushed Back

Posted by Mark Bridge On February - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
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The prayers of Marvel fans have finally been answered and Spider-Man will now be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Marvel and Sony has announced that a partnership has been reached where Spidey will be introduced into an upcoming Marvel film (most likely Captain America: Civil War) before headlining a solo film on July 28th, 2017,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Sometimes It’s Hard To Be a Woman (just ask these two)

Posted by Ken Burke On February - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
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  Now that the critics groups’ awards have all been conferred and the nominations from the industry guilds are in place, those of us in the hinterlands (an odd concept for a place like the San Francisco area, but where “small film” release schedules are concerned it’s often true here more than you’d think) are  [ Read More ]

Got Violence? Here’s Plenty for You

Posted by Ken Burke On February - 3 - 2015 0 Comment
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I’d like to call your attention to my latest detailed review, this time a tale of two early Oscar-potential-buzzers from two well-respected directors featuring some notable actors, one of which, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, did grab six Oscar noms (Best Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing) in anticipation of that upcoming Feb.  [ Read More ]

Sorrow, Silliness, and Sex (somewhat), So Take Your Pick

Posted by Ken Burke On January - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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Now that the Oscar nominations for 2014 film releases have been announced, there’s been some time for controversies to build over such topics as exclusions (here, there, and everywhere but primarily about Selma’s director and lead actor being left out) and red-blue clashes over content (primarily about whether American Sniper is a jingoistic pro-war diatribe—as  [ Read More ]

Oscar Yes, Oscar No … And Something Else Entirely

Posted by Ken Burke On January - 21 - 2015 0 Comment
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Among the good things about being an unpaid film critic blogger is that I don’t have to meet deadlines, write my reviews to a prescribed length, or submit to someone else’s idea of how my postings should be edited; however, among the bad aspects of this (including that “unpaid” part) is that when other areas  [ Read More ]

Oscar Nominations 2015

Posted by Mark Bridge On January - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The nominations for this years Oscars were announced this morning, and I can safely say there were no real surprises or any noteworthy snubs except for maybe The Lego Movie not being nominated for best animated film.  I’m not even upset that Christopher Nolan did not get a nom for Best Director for Intersteller.  It  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News