The Essential Denzel Washington

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Note: This article was penned for CraveOnline, but, thanks to a logistical SNAFU, ended up being done by two authors at once. Rather than let a 3 1/2-page article go to waste, I figured I’d share it with my fan(s) here. Enjoy!  (more…)

A Haunted House 2

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When I returned home after a screening of Michael Tiddes’ A Haunted House 2 – a sequel to the little-remembered A Haunted House from last January – I had only one place of psychological solace to which I could retreat: I took comfort in the fact that of the numerous gags in the film; gags which included swipes at black people, Latinos, and mostly females, there were – at the very, very least – no gay panic jokes or offensive gay stereotypes. (more…)

Published in: on April 23, 2014 at 1:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Dimensions: A Line, a Loop, a Tangle of Threads

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Sloane U’Ren’s Dimensions is a good example of how one can make a low budget stretch a long, long way. This is a time travel movie complete with an awesome-looking time machine, a long, complex line of weird story twists, and a love story to boot, all clearly made on a shoestring. In addition, the flick is actually clever and intelligent, dealing with time travel in a unique way; it stretches past the usual cutesy Back to the Future causality games to explore the dry yet passionate scientific mindset of a Cambridge-tinged theoretical thinktank. That atom was split in 1917, and the bilk of Dimensions’ actions take place around 1920, so we’re swimming around in theoretical physics, and the excitement that must have sparked. (more…)

Published in: on February 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Film review by: Witney Seibold

  

          As a mystery, Stephen Daldry’s investigative 9/11 treasure hunt “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is first rate. (more…)

Published in: on February 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Artist

The Artist

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          Michel Hazanavicius has previously directed a pair of recent high-profile French spy spoofs about agent OSS-117 (played in the films by Jean Dujardin), which are, essentially, yet another send-up of the James Bond myth. The humor was broad and silly (most of the jokes stemmed from OSS-177’s inability to change his racist and sexist attitudes, á la Austin Powers, but with a Gallic classiness), but the attention to detail was impeccable. (more…)

Published in: on February 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm  Comments (2)  

The Innkeepers

The Innkeepers

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Ti West‘s “The Innkeepers” is a horror movie, but you wouldn’t guess it at first glance. (more…)

Published in: on February 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Grey

The Grey

Film review by: Witney Seibold

I was disappointed there wasn’t more wolf mayhem. I wanna see a pissed off Liam Neeson punching wolves!

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Published in: on February 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm  Comments (1)  

Kill List

Kill List

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Not to sound like a bored cynic, but I have to confess that, very occasionally, I find myself getting tired of the handheld, you-are-there approach to certain types of filmmaking. (more…)

Published in: on February 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Red Tails

Red Tails

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          A cartoonish lump of noisy, colorful, children’s war fantasies, Anthony Hemingway’s “Red Tails” is a bold stylistic leap of ridiculousness. (more…)

Published in: on January 19, 2012 at 9:00 am  Comments (5)  

Haywire (2012)

Haywire

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          Steven Soderbergh’s films are, when you look over his career, all over the map. He is a director who does not seem happy unless he’s breaking some sort of ground. (more…)

Published in: on January 18, 2012 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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