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Boulevard Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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BOULEVARD Starz Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Dito Montiel Screenwriter:  Douglas Soesbe Cast:  Robin Williams, Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire, Giles Matthey, Eleonore Hendricks, Bob Odenkirk, Henry Haggard Screened at: Review 1, NYC,6/1/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 An increasing number of marriages are breaking up when the couple are in their sixties, even beyond.  While boredom can be cited as one obvious reason, Dito Montiel’s movie “Boulevard” points out another.  According to Douglas Soesbe’s script, Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) and his wife Joy (Kathy Baker) might be considered by many observers to have too long a marriage to see it fall apart when  [ Read More ]

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Cartel Land Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 8 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: CARTEL LAND The Orchard Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Matthew Heineman Cast:  José Manuel Mireles, Tim “Neiler” Foley, Paco Rangel Valencia Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/29/15 Opens:  July 3, 2015 In the old days before color TV’s were invented, it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys, particularly in Westerns.  The good guys wore white hats, the bad donned black ones.  The Indians were always bad, the cavalry good.  Some time after color TV was invented the job became more nuanced.  A cowboy could wear a combination black and white hat.  What are we to do?   [ Read More ]

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The Unravelling’s Master Drone Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
The Unravelling’s Master Drone Single Review

Artist: The Unravelling; Vocals/Lyrics-Steve Moore, and Instruments/Music-Gustavo de Beauville Single: Master Drone Production: Gustavo de Beauville The continuously developing visceral emotions that are meant to comfort people during times of self-defined evolutions in society can often times make those who have persistently been certain of their reality instead see their lives begin to gradually unravel. While securing and guaranteeing the safety of society’s future culture is a seemingly powerful motivation to change and dictate people’s actions and sentiments, the diverse and ambitious members of every community often thrive within their own established identity. The commanding Canadian industrial rock band, The Unravelling, is once again powerfully questioning whether people should assuredly  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Amy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Amy Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Asif Kapadia Cast: Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Mitchel Winehouse, Nick Shymansky, Blake Fielder, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Andrew Morris, Salaam Remi, Sam Beste, Tony Bennett, Yasin Bey Release date: July 10, 2015 During the final segment of Amy we watch a duet of Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse in a recording studio. Why would Tony bother appearing with Amy? Maybe because she was an unusual young English jazz singer and a songwriter, known for her deep vocals and eclectic mix of musical genres? Amy Winehouse applied a mix of soul, blues and reggae in her songs. She  [ Read More ]

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Trainwreck Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 2 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Trainwreck Director: Judd Apatow Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena and Colin Quinn Sometimes the best way to stay true to your morals and personality, while also striving to reach your full potential, is to fully embrace the idea of reinventing your signature qualities that have long since become stereotypical and clichéd. That powerful attempt to revive your emotions and thoughts, and how they’re presented to the world, is the all-important theme in the upcoming comedy, ‘Trainwreck.’ The film, which is set to be released in theaters on July 17, marks the captivating recreation of director Judd Apatow, who once again fearlessly  [ Read More ]

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Terminator Genisys Movie Review

Posted by philip On June - 30 - 2015 0 Comment
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TERMINATOR GENISYS Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Director: Alan Taylor Screenwriters: Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis Runtime: 126 Minutes Grade: B Terminator Genisys is something of a pleasant surprise. Twelve years after the franchise was relaunched with the abysmal Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (and with Arnold out of office and making fun action pictures again,) producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg boot up the dormant killing machine. And oddly enough, it works. For the first time since Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this franchise seems to actually give itself respect. Instead of being yet another vehicle for The Governator to spout one liners  [ Read More ]

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Jimmy’s Hall Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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JIMMY’S HALL Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Ken Loach Screenwriter: Paul Laverty Cast:  Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby, Stella McGirl, Sorcha Fox, Martin Lucey, Mikel Murfi, Shane O’Brien Screened at: Sony, NYC, 4/9/15 Opens:  July 1, 2015 Ken Loach, who directed “Jimmy’s Hall,” is no mushy liberal who would waste too much of his valuable time pushing for a 25-cent wage hike for McDonald’s workers—however important that may be to them.  Loach is for the working class, but wants nothing less than radical change.  Giving workers a few more crumbs from the king’s table does nothing  [ Read More ]

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Luca Bash The Single Drops EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
Luca Bash The Single Drops EP Review

Artist: Luca Bash EP: The Single Drops It’s perfectly natural and understandable for people to want to engage in their own personal experiences to truly comprehend life’s most important lessons and emotions. But sometimes they can’t fully appreciate those messages until they hear other peoples’ passionately relatable and meaningful stories from their years of conflict. Italian pop-rock-funk singer-songwriter-guitarist Luca Bash has commandingly represented those struggles and bleak realities of the world in his latest EP, ‘Single Drops.’ Filled with songs that are unafraid of exploring such complex subjects as love and religion, the record proves that the musician has the organic ability and influence to change people’s perspectives and thoughts  [ Read More ]

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Burying the Ex Movie Review

Posted by juliana On June - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Burying the Ex RLJE/Image Entertainment Director: Joe Dante Writer: Alan Trezza Cast: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Oliver Cooper Running time: 89 min, Rated R (Language, Violence, Gore, mild sexuality) IN THEATERS, ON VOD & ITUNES: June 19, 2015 Nice guy Max (Anton Yelchin) has a beautiful, yet clingy girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene). They seem to love each other and she goes along with his quirky interests, which brings him to take the next step in asking her to move in with him. She immediately turns into the girlfriend from hell by controlling his every move and threatening other women that harmlessly flirt with Max. She redecorates the  [ Read More ]

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Max Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 25 - 2015 0 Comment
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MAX Warner Bros Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Boaz Yakin Screenwriter:  Boaz Yakin, Sheldon Lettich Cast:  Josh Wiggins, Robbie Amell, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church Screened at: Warner, NYC, 6/16/15 Opens:  June 26, 2015 In much the way movies that would be rated “R” forty years ago are now given MPAA judgments of “PG-13,” what was considered “PG-13” then is now simply “PG.”  This phenomenon is brought out by Boaz Yakin’s “Max,” about a boy and a dog, but not the Disney-esque sentimental pap in which nothing really sad occurs. Instead it’s full of explosions, gunplay, violent death, and assorted scares.  Kids  [ Read More ]

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Delta Deep’s Self-Titled Debut Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 23 - 2015 0 Comment
Delta Deep's Self-Titled Debut Album Review

Artist: Delta Deep Album: Delta Deep Production: All songs produced by Phil Collen; mixed and mastered by Ronan McHugh; engineered by Russ Fowler, with additional engineering by Phil Collen, Ryan Williams and Rob Elfaizy; recorded at Phil’s Sweat Shop, Robert DeLeo’s Homefry Studio and Stage ONE Recording Studios; mixed at Joe’s Garage Garnering the cultural insight and intelligence to fully appreciate the various forms of pain and suffering that people have long been forced to endure, alongside life’s ultimate joys, can be a harrowing process. But effortlessly being able to acknowledge and contend with the extensive range of emotions that comes from fearlessly immersing yourself in diverse relationships and situations  [ Read More ]

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Escobar: Paradise Lost Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 22 - 2015 0 Comment
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Escobar: Paradise Lost Radius Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B Director: Andrea Di Stefano Screenwriter:  Andrea Di Stefano Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac, Brady Corbet, Carlos Bardem, Ana Girardot Release Date: June 26, 2015 When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) and his brother Dylan (Brady Corbet) arrive in Colombia and settle for sun and surf on the beach, one gets the impression that the two Canadians found paradise. To top all this Nick meets and falls in love with Maria (Claudia Traisac). Maria works for her uncle Pablo (Benicio del Toro) and is full of admiration for the guy. The entire family, if  [ Read More ]

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The Little Death Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 21 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE LITTLE DEATH Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Josh Lawson Screenwriter: Josh Lawson Cast:  Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kate Box, Patrick Brammall, Alan Dukes, Lisa McCune, Erin James, T.J. Power, Kim Gyngell, Lachy Hulme Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 5/12/15 Opens:  June 26, 2015 As sex comedies go, nothing has come up since 1897 that can match Arthur Schnitzler’s “Reigen,” also known as “La Ronde.”  Schitzler’s roundelay of sexual encounters features people from all walks of society both before and after their sexual congress.  Granted, Josh Lawson’s “The Little Death” is not trying to approach the  [ Read More ]

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Irrational Man Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
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IRRATIONAL MAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Woody Allen Screenwriter:  Woody Allen Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/18/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 There are many excuses that defendants have for committing murder, and the typical judge in criminal court must have heard ‘em all.   “Twinkies made me do it” (Dan White); “The Devil made me do it” (Adam and Eve); “I stood my ground” (George Zimmerman); “I feared for my life” (Officer Darren Wilson); “They were making too much noise” (Michael David Dunn); “I was sexually molested” (Lorie Hino-Boddie). “I was drunk;” “I  [ Read More ]

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Taxi Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Taxi Director: Jafar Panahi Starring: Jafar Panahi, Hana Saeidi 2015’s Golden Bear is a remarkably courageous, audacious and cutting edge cinematic piece by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Despite he was banned in 2010 from making films and travelling (for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”) and received a threat of a six-year jail term, the Iranian auteur and democracy campaigner found a way around the state ban on him. This new film is technically without credits and so evidently cannot be officially attributed to him as a director. This device also allowed to protect the cast and crew, since ‘Taxi’ is somehow a subversive film, hinting at the dark threats  [ Read More ]

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