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Last Days in Vietnam Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Last Days in Vietnam Movie

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM IFC Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Rory Kennedy Screenplay:  Mark Bailey, Keven McAlester, story by Keven McAlester Cast:  Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez, Kiem Do, Frank Snepp, Henry Kissinger, Dam Pham, Richard Armitage, Rep. Pete McCloskey, Miki Nguyen, Paul Jacobs, Jim Laurie Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 6/26/14 Opens:  September 5, 2014 A bumper sticker that has made its presence felt on New York City cars features and American flag with the slogan, “These colors don’t run.” Would that this were true.  Let’s forget about Iraq (I guess the slogan was printed some years ago) and look to  [ Read More ]

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The Voices of Terror Rock-Rap Dynasty Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
The Voices of Terror Rock-Rap Dynasty Album Review

Artist: The Voices of Terror (Members/Instruments: Mike Walker and Zero) Album: Rock-Rap Dynasty Production: All songs were composed, mix/mastered and produced by Mike Walker and Zero Passionately expressing your respect and admiration for the people who have influenced your creativity, ideas and career path, while also maintaining your own true personality and confidence, is often a powerful way to garner attention and appreciation for your work. That’s certainly the case with alternative rock hip-hop duo, The Voices of Terror, which honors its mentors while showcasing their true talents, on their newly released debut album, ‘Rock-Rap Dynasty.’ The underground Deptford, New Jersey duo enthrallingly combined aggressive vocals with classic rap techniques  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

99 Homes Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
99 Homes Movie Review

Title: 99 Homes Director: Ramin Bahrani Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax  Ramin Bahrani, defined by the late Roger Ebert as the director of the decade,  competes for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with ‘99 Homes,’ a story about a father who struggles to get back the house that his family was evicted from, by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. The story is very alluring to begin withm since it evokes ‘Faust’ and how wretchedness and the happiness of our loved ones can lead to selling our soul to the devil. Unfortunately though [SPOILER ALERT]  [ Read More ]

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As Above, So Below Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
Movie Review-As Above, So Below

Title: As Above, So Below Director: John Erick Dowdle Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge Relying on your thorough experience within a particular subject often leads to capturing the next intriguing story on the topic. Holding that knowledgeable background not only stresses the exploration of one of the most fabled jewels in history by the main character in the new independent found footage horror thriller, ‘As Above, So Below,’ but also helped filmmaker John Erick Dowdle infuse the story with the best physical effects possible. The director, who has previous experience helming films in the genre, including ‘The Poughkeepsie Tapes’ and ‘Quarantine,’ which he also co-wrote with his  [ Read More ]

BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Movie Review

Title: BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galafianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. Alejandro González Iñárritu – the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as by the Directors Guild of America – opens the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival with a rather remarkable flick. ‘BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ is a black comedy that mercilessly demolishes all egos in showbiz. Critics, Hollywood celebrities, so-called artists from the New York scene, they all have to face their pretentiousness: the role they play in society  [ Read More ]

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After Movie Review

Posted by juliana On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
After Movie

Title: After Director: Pieter Gaspersz Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, John Doman, Pablo Schreiber, Sabrina Gennarino, Adam Scarimbolo, Diane Neal Running time: 101 minutes, Rated R, In theaters August 8th and on iTunes/VOD The Valentinos are a middle class family that live in upstate New York.  They own a struggling business providing sheet rock and manufacturing counter tops. There seems to be a bit of tension amongst the family members, who are all dysfunctional in their own way. The mother Nora (Kathleen Quinlan) is obsessed with watching videotapes (it’s set in 2002) from her youngest daughter Samantha (Alexi Maggio), who updates the family on her life in the big city. Their older  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, NEWS, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Dream Deceivers DVD Review

Posted by juliana On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
Dream Deceivers DVD

Title: Dream Deceivers – Heavy Metal on Trial Director: David Van Taylor Running Time: 58 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: POV’s Simon Kilmurry talks to director David Van Taylor about the film and documentary filmmaking December 23, 1985 in Sparks Nevada, 20-year-old James Vance and 18-year-old Raymond Belknap shared a 12-guage shotgun to end their lives.  They had spend several hours drinking, smoking weed and talking about their favorite band Judas Priest. Raymond was the first to put the barrel under his chin and pull the trigger.  James picked up the shotgun, still slippery from Raymond’s blood and put the barrel under his own chin, pulled the trigger – but  [ Read More ]

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The Congress Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
The Congress Movie

THE CONGRESS Drafthouse Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Ari Folman Screenplay:  Ari Folman Cast:  Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/6/14 Opens:  August 29, 2014 limited.  September 5, 2014 in NY Ari Folman, who directed “The Congress,” states in the production notes that he hopes his new film will make the audience appreciate good, old-fashioned moviemaking, with live actors rather than digitally scanned persons that can be manipulated by animators to play any role desired.  Yet given the eye candy, “The Congress” could have the opposite effect, at least on those people in the theater seats  [ Read More ]

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Moebius Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Moebius Director: Kim Ki-Duk Starring: Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-ju, Lee Eun-woo Castration drama takes a queasy, headlong dive into the literal in South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s ”Moebius,” easily the most penis-slicingest film of this year, last year and probably several years to come. A formalist slice of perversity that never coheres into anything more meaningful than a willful piece of cinematic provocation, this controversial, largely wordless psychological thriller is undone by too-thin characterizations and dodgy technique. The characters in ”Moebius” don’t really have names, and are clearly meant to take on a representational quality. A man known simply in the credits as Father (Cho Jae-hyun) has been cheating on Mother (Lee Eun-woo),  [ Read More ]

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Jersey Shore Massacre Movie Review

Posted by juliana On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Jersey Shore Massacre Director: Paul Tarnopol Cast: Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella,Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Sal Governale, Richard Christy, Bigfoot and Ron Jeremy Running time: 88 minutes, Rated R In theaters on August 22nd and on VOD on August 26th Jenni “Jwoww” Farley from the Jersey Shore “reality” show is credited as executive producer for this comedic horror film about six vapid young women who hook up with five meatball “fist pumpers” and take them back to a New Jersey lake house only to be hunted down by a masked killer. The Good: Boobs, Ron Jeremy and a dwarf. The Guidos watch a horror movie called “Fat Camp Massacre” which  [ Read More ]

Categories: Horror, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

The Decent One Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
Vanessa Lapa

THE DECENT ONE (Der Anständige) Kino Lorber Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Vanessa Lapa Screenplay:  Vanessa Lapa, Ori Weisbrod Cast:  Tobias Moretti, Sophie Rois, Antonia Moretti, Lotte Ledl, Florentin Groll, Pauline Knof, Lenz Moretti Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 8/19/14 Opens:  October 1, 2014 “The Decent One” took first prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival for Best Documentary, deservedly so.  If any organization offered a gold medal for the film with the most ironic title of the year, this one would win hands down.  “Der Anständige,” as it’s called in German, is about Heinrich Himmler, a man who should inspire loathing  [ Read More ]

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Are You Here Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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ARE YOU HERE Millennium Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  Matthew Weiner Screenplay:  Matthew Weiner Cast:  Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Laura Ramsey Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/26/14 Opens:  August 22, 2014 “Are You Here” is a buddy movie not unlike those of the 1980s. This one finds a friendship between Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson), a TV weatherman and serial dater, and Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis), a person judged emotionally unstable who is being helped through his long-term friendship with Dallas. There are several flaws that can be pointed out: The most serious one is thematic.  Ben does not conform  [ Read More ]

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Frank Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
Frank trailer

FRANK Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Lenny Abramson Screenplay:  Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan, based on Jon Ronson’s original newspaper article Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 6/9/14 Opens:  August 22, 2014 Here in New York, the city with the world’s most diverse population, you’re lucky if one day passes without your spotting at least one crazy out of our seven million people.  But I’ve never seen a guy wearing a large plaster mask covering his entire face, hair painted on top, fitted so he is unable to take solid nourishment.   [ Read More ]

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The One I Love Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
The One I Love Movie

THE ONE I LOVE Radius/TWC Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Charlie McDowell Screenplay:  Justin Lader Cast:   Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson Screened at:    Review, NYC, 7/7/14 Opens:  August 22, 2014 The main reason for the high divorce rate in the U.S. is probably not adultery or violence but simply the disappointment that one or both partners are simply not the same as they were when they met and courted.  Either they have grown apart, developing different interests, or they can’t understand why they don’t feel the same passion that electrified them during their honeymoon.  Just my opinion, but my viewpoint is  [ Read More ]

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Geiko’s Aggressive Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Geiko's Aggressive Album Review

Album: Aggressive Artist: Geiko (Ámaris Wenzel) Production: Geiko (Ámaris Wenzel) An edgy gothic synthpop album smartly interlaced with emotional and pained sentiments of wanting to find love and be appreciated by someone who shares that adoration isn’t the introduction many music fans would expect from an electro Swiss producer and instrumentalist. But the inspiring crossover artist, Amaris Wenzel, who goes by the stage name Geiko, cleverly mixed progressively dark trip-hop indie music on her enthralling new debut album, ‘Aggressive.’ The co-owner of Waving Alien Records in Switzerland powerfully took influences from such groups as Depeche Mode, Nero and Skrillex to instantly draws listeners at the start of ‘Aggressive’ with the  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

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