Category Archives: Film

Movie Review: Ink

Let me start off this review by saying: OOOOHHHHH MMMMYYYYY GGGGGOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!! I can’t describe how PERFECT this film is. I can’t even describe the plot that does it justice. Here is the plot as told by Netflix: “Late one night, a lost soul named Ink snatches 8-year-old Emma (Quinn Hunchar) into the world of dreams. There, he hopes to use her soul to join the ranks of the evil Incubi. In the real world, Emma lies comatose, to the despair of her father, John (Chris Kelly). But the Incubi’s benevolent opposites — the Storytellers — rally to help Emma, motivating John to wage war for his daughter. Jessica Duffy co-stars in this dark fable.” After I finished this movie, I couldn’t breathe. It’s one of those. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful and horrifying at the same time. The Storyteller characters will warm your hearts. The Incubi will give you nightmares (its kinda their job). Director Jamin Winans has given a gift to the cinema world. I dare you to watch this film and not want to watch it as soon as you finish it.

Overall Grade: A++++++++++++++++++++++++. Words cannot describe this film. I’ll let the film do it itself.
Here is the trailer.

Random Thought Of the Day…


As we waltz our fat asses into another decade, I’m struck by the thought of how memorable or unmemorable not only this decade, but the previous decade has been. It’s a sad commentary when the first things that come to my mind are all classic mass hysteria: Columbine, 9/11, the Swine Flu Epidemic, etc. When we look back on the 90s and 00s I hope we are not simply remembering tragedies, facebook, and Kanye’s interruption at the Mtv awards. Fortunately, the underground (and to an extent the overground in the 90s) have given us some of the best Rock and Roll ever. But, still our generation seems to lack the cultural significance that previous generations championed. Just the other day, I was watching the Wedding Singer, which was released in 1997, but was set in 1985. I thought to myself, why hasn’t there been a movie released in this decade that takes place in the 90s? It’s really peculiar when you look at how quickly other decades got their due: American Graffiti was released in 1973 and set in 1962 (only 11 year difference) and Dazed and Confused was released in 1993 and takes place in 1976 (17 years). So, what does that say about our culture in the past 20 years or so? Is it so monotonous that it is not worthy of an era capturing film? Oh well, perhaps the next decade will be radical and/or there will be a feature film set in the 90s/00s as worthy as its nostalgic predecessors.

Chris

My Top Films of the Double Ohhs

1) Garden State (Zach Braff, 2004)

2) Juno (Jason Reitman, 2007)

3) (500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)

4) Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

5) Bowling For Columbine (Michael Moore, 2002)

6) Kill Bill (Volume 1 and 2) (Quentin Tarantino, 2003 and 2004)

7) Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)

8) Donnie Darko (Richard Kelley, 2001)

9) The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

10) Requiem For a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)

11) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

12) Clerks II (Kevin Smith, 2006)

13) Walk the Line (James Mangold, 2005)

14) American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000)

15) Sin City (Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, 2005)

16) Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2005)

17) Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)

18) Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, 2003)

19) High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000)

20) The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky, 2008)

21) Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003)

22) The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

23) One Hour Photo (Mark Romanek, 2002)

24) Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)

25) Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderburgh, 2001)

Chris

Film Review: Pirate Radio

Title: Pirate Radio (US); The Boat That Rocked (UK)
Production Company: Working Title Films
Release: 2009

Pro’s: Great music, generally good acting, the women who arrive on board, famous females appearing from famous songs (So Long Marianne and Eleanor Rigby).

Con’s: The whole plot about the government trying to abolish pirate radio

Overall: Pretty great movie from music and sub-plot standpoints. Unfortunately, the main plot and the ending kind of blew. This is probably one of the best I’ve seen in 2009…keep in mind I haven’t seen that many.