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SXSW 2014: Frank Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Frank Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil, Carla Azar Screened at SXSW 2014 Frank is essentially a character with one sole, lifeless facial expression yet his journey comes with more vivacity, passion and poignancy than the large majority of performances that don’t require the actor to have a gigantic fake head covering his face. “Frank” focuses on Domhnall Gleeson’s Jon, a cubical dwelling button pusher during the week and an aspiring musician in his free time. Jon’s passionate about his craft and does have ability; he just can’t seem to tap into it enough to produce a decent song. When  [ Read More ]

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SXSW 2014: Joe Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Joe Directed By: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Sue Rock Screened at SXSW 2014 “Joe” may not be a particularly pleasurable watch, but David Gordon Green certainly earns your time, attention and emotion by constructing a palpable reality with two thoughtful characters at its core. We begin with Gary (Tye Sheridan), a 15-year-old kid stuck living alongside his abusive drunk of a father, Wade (Gary Poulter). They’ve got a roof over their heads but only because they pulled the boards off a condemned house. Even though Gary seems to have a good head on his shoulders and the drive  [ Read More ]

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SXSW 2014: Cesar Chavez Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Cesar Chavez Directed By: Diego Luna Starring: Michael Pen?a, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Jacob Vargas, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, John Ortiz, John Malkovich Screened at SXSW 2014 Diego Luna’s “Cesar Chavez” bears some weight courtesy of its true roots, but the abundance of information and lack of heart makes it feel more like a history lesson rather than a dynamic cinematic experience. Michael Peña leads as the title character, a man who decides it’s time to dedicate his life to pursuing farm workers’ rights. With the help of Dolores Huerta (Rosario Dawson), Chavez forms the United Farm Workers labor union, rouses thousands across the state of California and initiates  [ Read More ]

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SXSW 2014: Kelly & Cal Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Kelly & Cal

Title: Kelly & Cal Directed By: Jen McGowan Starring: Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd Screened at SXSW 2014 “Kelly & Cal” marks solid feature debuts for both director Jen McGowan and screenwriter Amy Lowe Starbin. There are some hiccups here and there, but the title characters are so complex and well layered that the film is still undeniably absorbing. “Kelly & Cal” kicks off six weeks after Kelly (Juliette Lewis) has her first child. Even though she loves her husband (Josh Hopkins) and they both adore their newborn son, the birth causes a rift in their relationship. With Josh working well into the night, Kelly’s left desperately  [ Read More ]

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According to Collider, the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival will feature three highly-anticipated films among its list of screenings–Paul, Conan O’Brien and The Beaver–however each one are anticipated for very different reasons. The anticipation for the sci-fi comedy Paul has already given the movie a bit of a cult status, partially due to the cast, which includes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen. The story, also written by Frost and Pegg, involves two buddies traveling across America who happen to find an alien trying to escape from the top-secret base at Area 51. Conan O’Brien: Can’t Stop is a continuation of the fantastic year the television host has  [ Read More ]

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Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 9 - 2014 0 Comment

DRUG LORD: THE LEGEND OF SHORTY Gravitas Ventures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Angus MacQueen Screenwriter: Angus MacQueen Cast:  El Chapo, Chino, Angus MacQueen Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 11/3/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 If you heard that the authorities captured Public Enemy Number One, responsible for a large number of 80,000 people murdered during the last ten years or so and the poisoning by drugs of millions around the world, what sentence would you give him?  Would capital punishment be too good for him?  How about having him drawn and quartered?  Surprisingly when the Mexican authorities first captured Joaquín Guzmán Loera  [ Read More ]

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Predestination Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 4 - 2014 0 Comment

Predestination Movie Review Vertical Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Screenplay by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, based on a short story “All you Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sara Snook, Noah Taylor Release Date: January 9, 2015 Readers you have been warned: do not try to make a logical sense of Predestination, especially not after the first viewing. If you hope to understand it by reading the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert Heinlein, upon which the screen play is based, you may not have a better luck. Predestination is the story of Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke)  [ Read More ]

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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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Frank Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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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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Alia Shawkat and Sophia Takal in Wild Canaries

Husband-and-wife duo Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal have been making movies together for quite a while by assessing the resources available to them at the time and then building narratives from there. With “Wild Canaries,” on the other hand, it was the story that came first, challenging the filmmakers to acquire what was necessary to make this madcap mystery a reality. Levine and Takal lead as Noah and Barri, a newly engaged couple sharing a Brooklyn apartment with a roommate, Alia Shawkat’s Jean. When their downstairs neighbor suddenly passes, Barri immediately comes to the conclusion that she’s been murdered. Even though Noah maintains that 84-year-old Sylvia suffered a heart  [ Read More ]

categories: INTERVIEWS, MOVIES, NEWS, VIDEO
Sasha Grey in Open Windows

Welcome to shaky cam 2.0. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo doesn’t have a character running around “Open Windows” with a camera in his hand, but he does have one in the midst of a Skype-type call, another with an active iPhone camera, an abundance of security camera perspectives and more. Think you’ve seen those point-of-views before? Perhaps, but not just via a laptop screen. Nick (Elijah Wood) runs JillGoddard-Caught.com, a website that offers an endless stream of photos of Hollywood starlet, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Under the impression he’s won a fan contest and will get to have dinner with Jill, Nick flies to Austin, Texas to meet her while she tours  [ Read More ]

SXSW 2014 Interview: Frank Director Lenny Abrahamson

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Frank

It’s tough enough directing an actor and capturing his or her performance in a traditional sense, but in “Frank,” director Lenny Abrahamson had the challenge of conveying the thoughts and emotions of a character that covers his face with a giant, papier-mâché head from beginning to end. Domhnall Gleeson leads “Frank” as Jon, a guy who’s stuck in a cubicle on a daily basis, but pursues his dream of becoming a musician every free second he gets. When Jon crosses paths with the Soronprfbs and gets the chance to join the band, he jumps at the opportunity, hops in their van and cozies up next to their lead singer, Frank  [ Read More ]

categories: INTERVIEWS, MOVIES, NEWS, VIDEO
The Mend

John Magary’s “The Mend” is a little bit of everything and that’s exactly what the first-time feature writer and director strove to achieve. As he explained himself, “I want it to be a strange experience to watch the movie … I want people to be along for the ride basically. If you’re not, it’s not gonna be fun.” The story centers on two brothers, Alan and Mat (Stephen Plunkett and Josh Lucas). Mat is the more testy and lazy of the two whereas Alan is hoping to build a stable life for himself with his girlfriend, Farrah (Mickey Sumner). “The Mend” doesn’t feature a clear-cut narrative through which the brothers  [ Read More ]

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The Wilderness of James

Michael Johnson gave himself quite the challenge making “The Wildness of James” his first feature film. Even though it does have a refined, grounded narrative at its core, it also requires Johnson to present that story in hyper real form so that the audience can have access to the title character on a much deeper level, and he really pulls it off. The film focuses on Kodi Smit-McPhee’s James Charm. When his mother (Virginia Madsen) decides that he isn’t coping with his father’s death appropriately, she insists that he see a therapist (Danny DeVito). However, it isn’t until James steps outside of his own world, beyond his problems and begins  [ Read More ]

categories: INTERVIEWS, MOVIES, NEWS, VIDEO
Faults

Don’t let yourself get swayed by a mysterious cult, otherwise, someone like Leland Orser’s Ansel Roth will come after you – especially if your parents will put up a pretty penny to bring you home. In Riley Stearns’ feature directorial debut, “Faults,” Ansel is an expert on mind control who specializes in deprogramming cult members. When an attempt at deprogramming one such member goes horribly wrong, Ansel loses just about everything including his TV show and his wife, too. In desperate need of cash, he accepts an offer from a couple determined to get their daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) back. Ansel successfully kidnaps her, brings her to a motel and  [ Read More ]

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