Real Steel

Real Steel

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

“Real Steel” is unreasonably fun. (more…)

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Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm  Comments (3)  

50/50

50/50

Film review by: Witney Seibold

The intended effect of Jonathan Levine‘s “50/50,” about a square twentysomething boy in Seattle who finds he has cancer, seems to be one of flip casualness. In many ways, it resembles Jason Reitman’s “Juno,” in that it tries to put young people in a serious situation (unexpected pregnancy, unexpected cancer) and has them react in a casual and flip fashion to diffuse the seriousness. But while “Juno” was possessed of wit, clever dialogue, and memorable characters, “50/50” is, in unfortunate contrast, kind of bland.

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Published in: on September 29, 2011 at 8:36 am  Comments (1)  

Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Marc Forster‘s “Machine Gun Preacher” tells the true story of Sam Childers, a real-life petty thug, drug-addict, and part-time jailbird, who, thanks to his reformed stripper girlfriend, finds Jesus, volunteers in Africa, builds an orphanage for the local children, and ends up taking arms against the Sudanese terrorist groups who are in the habit of making more and more orphans by the day. (more…)

Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Pack

The Pack

Film review by: Witney Seibold

This review will make a good companion review for yesterday’s review of “51.” I’ll wait here while you look for it and read it. (more…)

Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

51

51

Film review by: Witney Seibold

For those of you who read my reviews regularly (both of you), you may have noticed a pattern whenever I bring up exploitation movies, in that I’m currently experiencing a general malaise when it comes to modern-day horror and “B” films. I feel that we lost something vital when films moved to CGI, making special effects look slick and neat and clean, when sloppy and dirty and practical always (in my mind) looked better and had a greater impact. (more…)

Published in: on September 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm  Comments (1)  

Puncture

Puncture

Film review by: Witney Seibold

What an odd story to make a movie about. “Puncture,” directed by The Kassen Brothers, tells the true story of Mike Weiss, a drug addict Texan lawyer, who, in the late 1990s, essentially worked himself to death trying to get a new brand of retractable safety needles installed into the country’s hospitals. Over the course of the case, Weiss discovered the intricate, under-the-table dealings that hospital administrators engage in, and how only high-moneyed hospital supply manufacturers, with strong ties to Big Pharma, can finagle their own wares into hospitals. (more…)

Published in: on September 22, 2011 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Fright Night (2011)

Fright Night (2011)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

So, they remade “Fright Night,” eh? Well, let’s see what they did… (more…)

Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm  Comments (2)  

Drive (2011)

Drive

Film review by: Witney Seibold

The unnamed lead character in Nicolas Winding Refn‘s “Drive,” who is credited merely as “Driver,” is a cipher. (more…)

Published in: on September 15, 2011 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Contagion

Contagion

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Steven Soderbergh‘s “Contagion” is an unsentimental, unsensational, unstylized look at how a global epidemic could potentially effect human society. Soderbergh keeps our mind on the potential ease of transmission, starting with one person, and eventually killing off a measurable percentage of the human population. (more…)

Published in: on September 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bunraku

Bunraku

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Bunraku is a centuries-old form of Japanese puppet theater, that employs all kinds of puppets, wherein the characters are all typically ancient archetypes of Japanese folklore. It shares its roots with Kabuki, as the performances are all highly affected, and the stories are all familiar ancient tales.

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Published in: on September 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment