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SILENT HOUSE (American remake) movie review

SILENT HOUSE (American remake) movie review

Posted on November 6th, 2012

Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) accompanies her father (Adam Trese) and Uncle Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to their old summer home in upstate New York to pack up their belongings before selling it. The house is without power and has been vandalized by local hoodlums, prompting boards on all of the windows and padlocked chains on the doors. After her uncle leaves she runs into an old childhood friend in the front yard whom she doesn’t seem to remember. Back inside the house, her father disappears and she soon finds herself trapped inside and menaced by unseen intruders.

While the premise is familiar, the method behind its filming is an oddity. “Silent House” is presented as one long, continuous take that lasts the duration of the entire film which clocks in around 1 hour and 20 minutes…

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN review

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN review

Posted on November 6th, 2012

Once again Hollywood enters the era of the “way-too-soon” remake. A successful blockbuster film like the 2002 “Spider-Man” might have produced its final sequel five years ago, but that’s not stopping producers from cashing in on an entirely new Spider-Man franchise. It might be an unnecessary redo, but “The Amazing Spider-Man” executes some aspects better than its predecessor.

Peter Parker (Adrew Garfield) loses his parents under suspicious circumstances and goes to live with his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). In high school, he is a bullied loner whose brilliance does not go unnoticed by the beautiful overachiever Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). While looking into the death of his parents, the trail leads to OsCorp where coincidentally Gwen works as an assistant to scientist Dr. Connors (Rhys Ifans). Peter goes astray on his tour and is bitten by a genetically modified spider…






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SUNSHINE CLEANING and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN reviews

SUNSHINE CLEANING and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN reviews

Posted on November 6th, 2012

It’s easy to miss even the best independent gems in the theater or on DVD. Here are are a two available for rental that I recommend taking a chance on…

“Sunshine Cleaning” (2008): A down-on-her-luck single mother, Rose (Amy Adams), gets the idea from her married cop boyfriend (Steve Zahn) to start up a potentially lucrative crime scene cleanup service. She impulsively talks her ne’re-do-well sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), into joining her but the two soon find themselves out of their depth as they find they have a lot to learn about the legalities and etiquette of the business. While Rose strikes up a friendship with a kindly, disabled janitorial supply shop owner (Clifton Collins Jr.), Norah begins a relationship with the a daughter (Mary Lynn Rajskub) of one of their dead clients. Meanwhile, their huckster father (Alan Arkin) teaches the finer points of shady salesmanship to Rose’s troubled grade-school aged son (Jason Spevack)…






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BRAVE review

BRAVE review

Posted on November 6th, 2012

Disney’s Pixar Animation has an impeccable record. They consistently lead the way in revolutionizing the technology behind animated films and each time they release one, it’s a guaranteed blockbuster. They follow a very specific formula since the film must appeal to both children and adults in order to secure their chances for success. Unfortunately for their latest release, “Brave,” the story lost its way with an ill-advised plot twist…






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“Crowd funding” is the new way to finance films

“Crowd funding” is the new way to finance films

Posted on November 6th, 2012

For filmmakers, one of the most difficult parts of the experience is raising the money. This is especially true for independent filmmakers where this responsibility rests on the shoulders of the creators themselves. Until recently, grass roots fundraising, interest from production companies, paying for it out-of-pocket and the occasional publicity stunt were the only ways of generating the money to fund a film project. Now the budding phenomenon of “crowd funding” gives filmmakers and entrepreneurs a new resource for generating startup cash…






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THE GREY review

THE GREY review

Posted on November 6th, 2012

Isolated survival stories are hard to write and even more difficult to film. They usually take place under harsh conditions, pushing the limits of the filmmakers, the actors and the narrative structure. They also deal with subject matter than can be stark, defeatist and downright depressing. While “The Grey” contains all of these elements, I’m pleased to say it is one of the few that gets it right…






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