Archive for June, 2013

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

in American Movies

Orchestrated by mad scientist Nicolas Winding Refn, Only God Forgives looks like some kind of monstrous, artistic creation, the result of an incestuous cross between Drive and Valhalla Rising. Valhalla Rising was an uncompromising, minimalist, metaphysical Viking film while Drive was a successful homage to 80’s B-movies. Only God Forgives is a much more basic work and looking for any […]

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Casting By

Casting By

in American Documentaries

As its title suggests, this documentary by Tom Donahue pays tribute to casting directors, one of the most underrated professions in the movie industry. The film principally focuses on Marion Dougherty, a pioneer in that field. Starting her career in New York working for T.V. series, she then moved to Hollywood, changing forever the way movies were casted. She became […]

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Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy

in Chilean Movies

Crystal Fairy And The Magical Cactus And 2012 – yes this is the actual title! – follows 3 Chilean brothers (director Sebastián Silva’s real life siblings) and one American dude (Jamie – Michael Cera) as they embark on a psychedelic journey to find a hallucinogenic cactus. On the way, they pick up a hippieish American girl (Crystal – Gaby Hoffman) […]

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LA Film Festival 2013 – Day 7

LA Film Festival 2013 – Day 7

in LA Film Festival

Thursday was a pretty good day when it comes to the film selection, Tom Donahue’s Casting By (read our review) paid homage to casting directors and, most particularly, Marion Dougherty, a pioneer in that field. The documentary wasn’t short in familiar faces, from Clint Eastwood to Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, all emphasizing how casting directors should get credited for their […]

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The Woman and the Passenger

The Woman and the Passenger

in Chilean Documentaries

A documentary from Chile, The Woman and the Passenger gives us a candid look at sex and love through the eyes of a group of maids working in a Santiago sex hotel. Directed by two women, Valentina Mac-Pherson and Patricia Correa, this is a lighthearted, allegoric work that avoids being voyeuristic despite its somewhat provocative setting. After having themselves worked a […]

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Winter in the Blood

Winter in the Blood

in American Movies

Set in Montana and based on a James Welch novel, Winter in the Blood follows a Blackfoot Indian (Virgin – Chaske Spencer) as he looks for his missing rifle and, subconsciously, for a purpose in life. His journey is haunted by the absence of several figures, from the wife who stole the rifle to the older brother who took care […]

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LA Film Fest 2013 – Day 3

LA Film Fest 2013 – Day 3

in LA Film Festival

The festival offered lots of varied activities and film on Saturday. While I was haunting the theaters – and occasionally the loung – my wife and 2 kids attended Family day, which was taking place at Nokia plazza. They then headed to Figat7th for a free outdoor screening of Brassland, a documentary about a trumpet festival in Serbia. The event […]

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LA Film Festival 2013 – Day 2

LA Film Festival 2013 – Day 2

in LA Film Festival

Friday’s film selection was pretty varied, with high and lows. The Moo Man, a documentary about a farmer and his cows was pretty disappointing and should have been better suited for a PBS segment. The following Q&A was also pretty weak, the filmmaker being unable to answer some basic questions. Winter in the Blood, the adaptation of a James Welch’s […]

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LA Film Fest 2013 – Day 1

LA Film Fest 2013 – Day 1

in LA Film Festival

The festival kicks off officially tonight with the premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited (picture below by Anji Milanovic). There are quite a few movies worth seeing and, rather than focusing on a  few sections as we usually do, we will this year try to give you a taste of everything. Here is a – non-exclusive list – of movies […]

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Dead Man’s Burden DVD

Dead Man’s Burden DVD

in DVD Reviews

Released in 2012, this little independent western is out on DVD and available for streaming. Extras are bare bone with just a trailer and a few deleted scenes. Own It, Watch it or Skip it? While Dead Man’s Burden was praised when showed at the LA Film Festival last year, the truth is that despite being a pretty solid work […]

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