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…)

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

The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          This is the first animated film Stephen Spielberg has made, and it kind of shows. Let me explain what I mean by that. (more…)

Published in: on January 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apollo 18

Apollo 18

Film review by: Witney Seibold

This is the fourth “found footage” horror film to be released in 2011. We also had the reality show that actually found ghosts with “Grave Encounters,” the student documentary crew that found real monsters in “The Troll Hunter,” and this October’s continuing saga of “Paranormal Activity 3.” Gonzalo López-Gallego‘s “Apollo 18” may not be the spook-fests of those other films, but it does feature the most creative conceit: (more…)

Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Attack the Block

Attack the Block

Film review by: Witney Seibold

I am here to report that the hype is true, dammit.

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Published in: on August 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm  Comments (2)  

Atlas Shrugged, part 1

Atlas Shrugged, part 1

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          I’ve not read Ayn Rand’s famed polemical tome Atlas Shrugged, so I cannot speak to the literary fealty of Paul Johansson’s film adaptation, nor can I speak of its purity of the objectivist vision, but I do get the feeling that the book couldn’t possibly be as clumsily constructed or as deathly dull as this film, nor could it have been as thuddingly preachy and so lacking in incident. (more…)

Published in: on April 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm  Comments (2)  

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…)

Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Avatar: The Extended Cut

Avatar: The Extended Cut

Review by: Witney Seibold

I already wrote a review of James Cameron’s “Avatar” on this site, and my opinions of the film haven’t changed, but the good people over at Geekscape.net implored that I re-watch the extra-long version of the film on home video just to compare and contrast. This may be a little bit too thorough on my part, but, upon reflection, I feel that I’m being fully holistic on this matter. (more…)

Published in: on December 30, 2010 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Ascension; A Second Look

Ascension; A Second Look

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 In August of 2009, in a fit of playful critical pique, and as a fanboy-like writing exercise, I decided to compile a list of the worst films I had ever seen. I included some films that I had recently seen, a few disappointing sequels, and a few oddities lost vaguely in my memory, recalled only as unpleasant experiences. You can read the article here: https://witneyman.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/the-worst-movies-i-have-ever-seen/ (more…)

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Comments (1)  

The A-Team

The A-Team

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

“The A-Team” is way fun, but it’s also way stupid. Based on the action sitcom from the mid-1980s, “The A-Team” bothers to update its style and its setting, but leaves its characters safely embedded in the realm of broad archetype, and its story gleefully nestled in between the billowy breasts of predictable junk. (more…)

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Agora

 Agora

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 Maybe “Agora” isn’t really anti-Christian. (more…)

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment