Defiance (2008)

Defiance (2008)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Defiance

In Belarus, during the war, many Jews hid from the Nazis (and Russian militias) by hiding out in the woods. They foraged for food, built their own shelters, and amassed weapons to fight off any intruders. This is the first movie I can think of (with the exception of Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”) which shows Jews very openly enacting revenge fantasies against the Germans. “Defiance” has the advantage over “Basterds,” though, in the regard that it’s a true story. (more…)

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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…)

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Retribution (1987)

Retribution (1987)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Retribution

Here’s one you probably haven’t seen: “Retribution.” A horror film from 1987, “Retribution,” directed by Guy Magar (“Stepfather III,” Children of the Corn VII”), and starring the Henry-Gibson-esque Dennis Lipscomb, is about a suicidal nebbish who discovers his body is being used against his will by a vengeful spirit. Despite having a complicated setup, wonderfully preposterous animated special effects, pointedly dated fashions, and buckets of gore (more than usual for 1987), “Retribution” is too polished to be cheesy fun. Indeed, I might go so far as to call it… pretty good. Can I call a film like this charming? (more…)

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Derby (1971)

Derby (1971)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Derby

“Derby” is ostensibly about the nascent American roller derby craze of the late 1970s, but the film very quickly evolves into a kitchen-sink, David Gordon Green-esque meditation on the lives of the undeniably white trash Snell family. (more…)

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