Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1

Film review by: Witney Seibold

I have to qualify this review right up front by stating that I actually did have a good time with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1,” and think that the filmmaking is perfectly adequate; David Yates seems to be improving as a director. So all of my ranting and complaining below are more of a general complaint than a nitpick on this film in particular. (more…)

Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm  Comments (2)  

Hereafter

Hereafter

Film review by: Witney Seibold

There are three stories in “Hereafter,” and it’s loaded with incident, but, thanks to Clint Eastwood‘s usual softly deft directing, and penchant for gentle, climax-free storytelling, it feels almost incidental. (more…)

Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 You’ve probably heard about this little German oddity for months. Y’know, that effed-up film that has a mad scientist sewing three people together by their digestive tracts, anus-to-mouth? That’s the one. (more…)

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm  Comments (4)  

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Surprisingly charming, and unexpectedly above average, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders‘ “How to Train Your Dragon” is one of those family films that may actually manage to be remembered. (more…)

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm  Comments (1)  

Harry Brown

Harry Brown

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 Here is a film about a lonely septuagenarian (Michael Caine) who is so outraged by the skyrocketing gang crime in his once-placid neighborhood, that he buys a gun and takes matters into his own hands. The presence of Caine would almost make one believe that this is a rollicking, action-packed revenge fantasy. However, those of you expecting an ass-kicking, superhero vigilante movie will be disappointed – or perhaps elated – to find that Daniel Barber‘s film “Harry Brown” is actually a gray-shaded, downbeat, and almost depressing view of a society in entropy. (more…)

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm  Comments (1)  

Hamburger: The Motion Picture

Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Hamburger poster

I’m not sure if I can really review a film like “Hamburger: The Motion Picture.” It’s a very, very, very odd affair, involving a premise that is not the least bit anchored in any reality. It seems to follow certain comedy tropes of the 1980s (a cast of various eccentrics working toward a common goal, á la “Police Academy”), but the common goal is so strange, and the process so unbelievable, that I’m not sure if I can say if it worked or not. I suppose I laughed, but that’s not necessarily an indicator that the film is funny. (more…)

Published in: on September 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm  Comments (1)  

Halloween II (2009)

Halloween II (2009)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Halloween II Myers

Michael Myers as dangerous hobo.

I don’t even know where to start on this one…

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Published in: on September 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hellboy

Hellboy
Film review by: Witney Seibold

Hellboy

Ron Perlman in the title role of “Hellboy” is the most brilliant stroke of casting since… I’ll say Crispin Glover as Willard. (more…)

Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 4:32 am  Leave a Comment  

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Film review by: Witney Seibold

The Hurt Locker 1

I suspect that Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” will, more than any other film about the war in Iraq, be used as an exemplar for the modern soldier. (more…)

Published in: on August 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Half-Blood Prince Broadbent

This is the sixth film in the “Harry Potter” film series, and is fresher and more fun than any sixth film in any long-running film series has a right to be. (more…)

Published in: on August 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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