A Haunted House 2

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When I returned home after a screening of Michael Tiddes’ A Haunted House 2 – a sequel to the little-remembered A Haunted House from last January – I had only one place of psychological solace to which I could retreat: I took comfort in the fact that of the numerous gags in the film; gags which included swipes at black people, Latinos, and mostly females, there were – at the very, very least – no gay panic jokes or offensive gay stereotypes. (more…)

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Haywire (2012)

Haywire

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          Steven Soderbergh’s films are, when you look over his career, all over the map. He is a director who does not seem happy unless he’s breaking some sort of ground. (more…)

Published in: on January 18, 2012 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Hugo

Hugo

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” is a glorious and loving polemic about the magic of movies. We’ve heard plenty of marketing gurus chat endlessly about “capturing the imagination” and “making dreams come true,” but Scorsese seems to transcend the dry aphorisms be tapping into the actual process. (more…)

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Hipsters

Hipsters

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          There’s something hugely sexy about Valery Todorovsky’s energetic Cold War musical “Hipsters.” It is, after all, about well-dressed, well-coiffed, jazz-loving, cigarette-smoking, sexually promiscuous twentysomethings, using their love of music and dance to crack through the stuffy façade of Moscow’s repressive Communist regime. These kids are rebels in a very true sense, and I liked the occasional bouts of genuine punk rock rebellion that the film tried to achieve. (more…)

Published in: on October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm  Comments (2)  

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Is it weird to say that the magic is gone? (more…)

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The Help

The Help

Film review by: Witney Seibold

There was a moment in Tate Taylor‘s “The Help” wherein the portly black cook/maid Minny (Octavia Jackson), while working for the busty blonde ditz Celia (Jessica Chastain), expounds ever so briefly on the spiritual benefits of fried chicken. “When you’re eating fried chicken,” Minny says, “All seems right with the world.” Celia beams happily, and Minny smiles back in quiet wisdom. The light pours in through the window, and covers the entire kitchen in a halcyon Hollywood light rarely seen outside of Chris Columbus movies. The gorgeous artifice of the scene, paired with the ever so subtly coded racism (twinges of the Magical Negro), had me throwing up my fist in a beautiful display of ironic triumph. (more…)

Published in: on August 25, 2011 at 11:47 am  Comments (2)  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2

Film review by: Witney Seibold

I have now seen all eight films in the “Harry Potter” series, and I’m still a little unclear on one important detail: Why did the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) become so evil? (more…)

Published in: on July 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hanna

Hanna

Film review by: Witney Seibold

                The pleasures of Joe Wright’s killer teenager thriller lie in just how batshit crazy it is. (more…)

Published in: on April 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hobo with a Shotgun

Hobo with a Shotgun

Film review by: Witney Seibold

I like this story: (more…)

Published in: on April 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm  Comments (3)  

House (1977)

House (1977)

Film review by: Witney Seibold

How do I describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 freakout film “House” to the uninitiated? Heck, how do I describe it to cult film veterans? (more…)

Published in: on December 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment