Drive Angry

Drive Angry

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Patrick Lussier‘s “Drive Angry” is the first great B movie of the year. It’s a supernatural action film, shot in 3-D, and starring Hollywood-bad-boy-turned-bugnuts-crazy-B-movie-luminary Nicolas Cage, but carries none of the usual “geek gravitas” that seems to be infecting so much of the genre entertainment of the day; there are no heavy-handed semblances to Lussier’s sense of “importance,” nor self-congratulatory, pop-culture riffs; there is no grittiness or falsely-inflated tragedy to the proceedings. (more…)

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PODCAST: Witney Seibold on The Popcorn Mafia: “Denouement Harris Meets Solar Flare Bush”

Grae Drake, the witty and funny hostess of The Popcorn Mafia, was kind enough to invite me back onto her show recently, despite how flustered I was the first time around, back in June of 2009. I, and my other guest, Kevin Carr, spend a wonderfully funny hour riffing on the teenage aliens action flick “I am Number Four,” as well as John Carpenter’s underrated soulful alien film “Starman.” (more…)

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PODCAST: The B-Movies Podcast, episode 5: “Lunge Wildly at the Pope”

In this episode, William Bibbiani and I discuss our opinions on the upcoming Oscar ceremony, and weigh in on our predictions. I was largely incorrect, but I always tend to vote more with my heart than my head. (more…)

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Ten Embarrassing Final Films from Film Legends

Ten Embarrassing Final Films from Film Legends

Article by: Witney Seibold

It happens far too often, and this list is far from being complete: (more…)

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Film review by: Witney Seibold

A lot of people still aren’t sure whether or not Banksy‘s “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is some sort of hoax. (more…)

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Film review by: Witney Seibold

My central complaint with “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” the film to precede this one, was it’s classical sequel fatigue; often when a film or book is a big hit (as was Stieg Larsson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the subsequent film based on it), the inevitable sequel makes the mistake of making the story less about the characters solving a new problem, and more about the characters’ personal lives. (more…)

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Film review by: Witney Seibold

David Michôd’s Aussie crime drama “Animal Kingdom” offers an interesting perspective to the usual Crime Family film: it’s mostly told from the perspective of the family’s hanger-on. Stories of this nature are often in the hands of the pure-hearted kid who will be corrupted by his family’s business (“The Godfather”), or the undercover cop who will take them down (“The Departed”). “Animal Kingdom” is, in almost Dickens fashion, told from the eye of “J” Cody (James Frecheville), the borderline retarded meathead teen whois forced to lives with his family of petty criminals after his father dies. (more…)

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