Dimensions: A Line, a Loop, a Tangle of Threads

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Sloane U’Ren’s Dimensions is a good example of how one can make a low budget stretch a long, long way. This is a time travel movie complete with an awesome-looking time machine, a long, complex line of weird story twists, and a love story to boot, all clearly made on a shoestring. In addition, the flick is actually clever and intelligent, dealing with time travel in a unique way; it stretches past the usual cutesy Back to the Future causality games to explore the dry yet passionate scientific mindset of a Cambridge-tinged theoretical thinktank. That atom was split in 1917, and the bilk of Dimensions’ actions take place around 1920, so we’re swimming around in theoretical physics, and the excitement that must have sparked. (more…)

Published in: on February 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Descendants

The Descendants

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          Alexander Payne’s strengths lie in deeply flawed people coming to the slow realization of their own flaws, all through a tragic or dramatic event. (more…)

Published in: on January 4, 2012 at 2:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Dream House (2011)

Dream House (2011)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

Jim Sheridan, the soulful Irish director behind the weepie “In America” has now made a limp, stupid and stultifying psycho-thriller called “Dream House.” It’s bad to be sure, but it’s not as bad as when Mike Figgis tried to go mainstream and made “Cold Creek Manor.” (more…)

Published in: on November 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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  

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Troy Nixey‘s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is, reportedly, a remake of a 1973 TV movie, beloved by Nixey, and this remake’s screenwriter, cult filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. I haven’t seen the original, but I can intuit from what I saw in this new film, that we probably saw a lot less of the monsters last time. (more…)

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm  Comments (4)  

The Devil’s Double

The Devil’s Double

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Dominic Cooper is amazing in Lee Tamahori‘s “The Devil’s Double.” (more…)

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

When I heard the English language title of Tsui Hark‘s new special effects extravaganza, I was in. (more…)

Published in: on June 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Deep Gold

Deep Gold

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          I saw Michael Gleissner’s “Deep Gold” on the final day of its several-week run at the Bigfoot Crest in Westwood, CA. If you live in the area, you may have seen posters for “Deep Gold” in storefront windows and at bus stops. If not, it’s likely you’ve never heard of it. (more…)

Published in: on May 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Film review by: Witney Seibold

I come to praise “Dylan Dog,” not to bury it. (more…)

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm  Comments (1)  

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…)

Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment