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Life’s a Breeze Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Lifes a Breeze Movie

LIFE’S A BREEZE Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  Lance Daly Screenplay:  Lance Daly Cast:  Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flannagan, Pat Shortt Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 8/18/14 Opens:  September 19, 2014 Fionnula Flannagan is cinema’s gift from Ireland, that country’s most engaging actress of a certain age, perhaps the equivalent here in the U.S. of Blythe Danner.  But her presence in “Life’s a Breeze,” presumably an ironic title, cannot save the movie from being little more than a sitcom that you might find on commercial TV or, to be magnanimous, on a cable station like HBO.  “Life’s a Breeze,” taken from  [ Read More ]

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My Old Lady Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 8 - 2014 0 Comment

MY OLD LADY Cohen Media Group Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Israel Horovitz Screenplay:  Israel Horovitz Cast:  Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 8/28/14 Opens:  September 10, 2914 It’s difficult to believe that Israel Horovitz wrote the screenplay for the 1970 movie “The Strawberry Statement.”  While it’s not unusual for a scripter to have a long, successful life (after all wrote this forty-four years ago and he’s still going strong), but considering that “Strawberry” was a big-budget movie about the late sixties riots at Columbia University, one that showed radical students breaking windows and, I believe,  [ Read More ]

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Honeymoon Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Harry Treadaway

HONEYMOON Magnet Releasing Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  Leigh Janiak Screenplay:  Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei Cast:  Harry Treadaway, Rose Leslie Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 7/30/14 Opens:  September 12, 2014 It probably happens more often than we think, and not just in the movies.  A wedding reception is paid for, the couple walk down the aisle, when one of them gets cold feet and bolts.  In at least one case I know, a bride and groom are at the airport getting ready for their honeymoon in Hawaii.  The bride goes to the women’s room and disappears, never to be seen again by  [ Read More ]

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This is Where I Leave You Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
This is Where I Leave You Movie

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Warner Bros. Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Shawn Levy Screenplay:  Jonathan Tropper, novel by Jonathan Tropper Cast:  Jason Bateman, Tiny Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne Screened at:  Warner Screening Room, NYC, 9/2/14 Opens:  September 19, 2014 We’re all familiar with mother-in-law jokes but a recent family gag is this: An obituary notes that the gentleman at the moment of death “was surrounded by his family, and also by his loved ones.”  You choose your friends, not your family.  Does this mean that you will like your friends more than your own kin?  It’s likely,  [ Read More ]

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DJ Will::E Electrik Outlaw EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
DJ Will::E Electrik Outlaw EP Review

Artist: DJ Will::E EP: Electrik Outlaw Label: Let’s Beat Milo Records and Keoki Records HPowerfully emulating the sounds of the artists who have influenced your musical style, while also infusing your music with your own distinctive beats that will captivate listeners, can be a harrowing experience. But the innovative DJ Will::E, a diverse producer who received his first break playing private events in 2004, is now thrillingly commanding the most well-known night clubs and underground events, thanks in part to his creative musical talent and influences. The Los Angeles-based DJ consistently showcases his effortless ability to infuse his music with grippingly original dynamics and bass lines, as well as inspiration  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Kelly and Cal Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Kelly and Cal Movie Review

Title: Kelly and Cal Director: Jen McGowan Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins and Cybill Shepherd People have often envied their friends, family members, peers and neighbors for the seemingly positive personal and professional opportunities they’ve been granted, and strive to reach that same level of success. The two title characters in the award-winning independent comedy-drama, ‘Kelly & Cal,’ which played at this year’s SXSW, lead lives that superficially appear as though they couldn’t be more different from each other. But the movie, which marks the feature film debuts of director Jen McGowan and writer Amy Lowe Starbin, passionately showcases that when people truly talk, they can discover their  [ Read More ]

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God Help the Girl Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
God Help the Girl Movie Review

Title: God Help the Girl Director: Stuart Lee Murdoch Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray Truly embracing that brief moment after you’ve realized what you want to do with your life, but before it settles into a job, can often be an exciting and liberating time for many young adults who are searching for their identities. The possibilities are endless for those who are filled with enthusiasm and idealistic ideas about what the world should be like, especially when they meet like-minded people who unquestionably share the same opinions and views. That uncompromising coming-of-age idea is the creative driving force in the new independent romantic movie, ‘God Help  [ Read More ]

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God Help The Girl Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On September - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: God Help The Girl Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, and Pierre Boulanger Director: Stuart Murdoch Let me get this out of the way, I’m a big Belle & Sebastian fan. In fact, the Scottish indie pop band is my all-time favorite band. Yes, while they’re music isn’t all too influential, Stuart Murdoch’s music affected my life in a big way, in terms of creativity, mood, and general outlook on life. I’ve been in love with almost everything Murdoch has released and was convinced that he has yet to write a bad song. When his God Help the Girl side project released a soundtrack to a would be  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Roy Andersson Talks ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch’

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch

Roy Andersson Talks ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch’  Swedish director Roy Andersson concludes his trilogy about the quiet desperation of human beings with his typical quirky humour ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ (En duva satt pa en gren och funderade pa tillvaron), competing for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice Film Festival is   just as extravagant as its predecessors, ‘Songs from the Second Floor’ and ‘You, the Living.’ The common theme of the three films is human life in its many variations, using dozens of characters in 39 skit-like episodes. Sardonic humour is the pace with which human kind’s absurdities are captured through  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Fatih Akin Talks ‘The Cut’

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Fatih Akin The Cut

Fatih Akin  Talks ‘The Cut’   Fatih Akin’s Armenian genocide epic undoubtably draws blood. ‘The Cut’ is the story about Nazaret Manoogian (brilliantly interpreted by Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith, father of twins  who is conscripted into the army at the start of World War I. After a near-death experience , that injures his vocal chords, he remains mute and embarks in an eight year journey that starts in Mardin, (in what is present day Turkey, near the Syrian border, and includes stops in Lebanon, Havana, Florida and North Dakota), searching for his children, in the aftermath of a conflict cinema has tended to neglect. Director Fatih Akin, talks about the  [ Read More ]

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3/105 Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
3/105 Movie Review

Title: 3/105 Director: Avelina Prat and Diego Opazo. What would happen to us if we were to die alone, without anyone identifying our remains? We would turn into a mere morgue case number. Our life, our struggles and pains, our joys and achievements would get swept away into anonymity. The invisibility that is so brilliantly portrayed in the short movie ‘3/105’ by Avelina Prat and Diego Opazo. The Spanish-Romanian film lands at the 71st Venice Film Festival in the section dedicated to discovering new trends in cinema, Orizzonti. Indeed the way the storytelling coalesces emotionally and visually is remarkably avant-garde. All we see is the water hitting the dam of  [ Read More ]

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Starred Up Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Jack O'Connell as Eric in a film still from Starred Up

STARRED UP Tribeca Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  David Mackenzie Screenplay:  Jonathan Asser Cast:  Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, David Ajala, Peter Ferdinando, Gershwyn Eustache Jr., Ashley Chin, Raphael Sowole, Gilly Gilchrist, Tommy McDonnell, Frederick Schmidt, Sam Spruell, Rupert Friend Screened at:  Critics’ screener, NYC, 8/30/14 Opens:  August 27, 2014 Because no film in recent memory has had the problem of communicating dialogue so notably (in fact this incomprehensibility feels like a director’s artistic choice to focus the audience on the physicality), you have to go into this film knowing that you will miss at least half of the words.  So don’t  [ Read More ]

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The Possession of Michael King Movie Review

Posted by juliana On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
The Possession of Michael King

Title: THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING Director: David Jung CAST: Shane Johnson, Julie McNiven, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana Running time: 1 hr 31 min, Rated R AVAILABLE IN THEATERS: August 22, 2014 AVAILABLE ON VOD AND iTUNES: August 26, 2014 Michael King (Shane Johnson) is a documentary filmmaker and an atheist. After his wife dies in an accident and he is left to raise their daughter Ellie, he decides his next documentary subject will be on finding proof of the supernatural with himself as the test subject of the experiment.  He seeks out demonologists, necromancers, priests, satanists and psychics for advice and guidance with obvious cynicism,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Horror, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Exclusive: Interview with Zazie de Paris

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Les Nuits dete

Actress Zazie de Paris arrives at the 71st Venice Film Festival with all her charm, to present the film ‘Les Nuits d’été,’ (Summer Nights), the first feature by Mario Fanfani – in the section Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days). The story, with a delicate touch, explores the topic of gender politics in a provincial French  town, through a solicitor’s secret penchant for cross-dressing. The drama is set in the late 1950s, when the Algerian war claimed the lives of many young men and women, who slowly started to rebel. The manhood required in that era by males, violently clashed with the main character’s urge to step into the shoes (literally)  [ Read More ]

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David Oelhoffen Talks ‘Loin des hommes’ (Far From Men)

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
David Oelhoffen Talks Loin des Hommes

David Oelhoffen Talks ‘Loin des hommes’ (Far From Men) We are in Algeria in 1954, a time when the rebellion is steaming up. Two men from opposites sides of the fence find themselves in the circumstances of having to flee together across the Atlas mountains. Daru, played polyglotly by Viggo Mortensen, is a teacher who has to escort a villager accused of murder, Mohamed, interpreted by Reda Kateb. The two fellows will confront the unknown together in pursuit of their freedom. French director Daivid Oelhoffen describes the making of his latest film, running for 2014’s Golden Lion: How did ‘Far From Men’ work out as an adaptation of an Albert  [ Read More ]

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