Archive for November, 2013

B For Boy

B For Boy

in Nigerian Movies

The pressure of traditions is at the center of Chika Anadu’s debut feature. Set in Nigeria, this film centers on Amaka (Uche Nwadili), a wealthy wife who has a miscarriage. With her in-laws harassing her to produce a boy in order to keep the family name alive, she decides to hide her miscarriage and looks into adoption to replace the […]

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Awful Nice

Awful Nice

in American Movies

Road trips and dysfunctional families are popular themes when it comes to comedy and this second feature from director Todd Sklar brings them together: Following the death of their father, two estranged brothers must travel together to a summer home they inherited and end up spending extra time fixing it. Whenever attending a festival, I usually try to catch some […]

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AFI Fest November 11th Film Picks

AFI Fest November 11th Film Picks

in AFI Fest

This Monday offers another strong selection of movies to watch at AFI Fest: R100: A Japanese film about a father who signs up for a Bondage club. Looking forward to watch that one, based on a very atmospheric trailer. 1:30PM @ the Chinese 2. Manakamana: A slow-paced, bare but absorbing documentary about Nepali pilgrims heading to – or leaving – a […]

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AFI Fest November 10th Film Picks

AFI Fest November 10th Film Picks

in AFI Fest

Here are our picks for a pretty exciting Sunday at AFI Fest: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic The Marriage of Maria Braun, which is part of guest director Agnes Varda’s selection. 2:30PM at the Egyptian. Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake (read our review). While French movies are known to not shy away when it comes to showing nudity and sex […]

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AFI Fest November 9th Film Picks

AFI Fest November 9th Film Picks

in AFI Fest

Here are our picks for today: Agnès Varda’s Cleo From 5 to 7 at 3:00 p.m at the Egyptian Theater. This French New Wave classic will be preceded by a conversation with Agnès Varda, guest director at AFI Fest this year. Like Father Like Son at 6:30 p.m at the Egyptian Theater. This Japanese movie by director Eda Hirokazu Kore examines what filliation is about […]

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Manakanama

Manakanama

in American Documentaries

If you consider watching Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s documentary Manakarama, you should be warned that this meditative, naturalistic piece is as minimalist as it can be:  The filmmakers just placed their camera in a cable car heading to the Manakamana temple in Nepal and observed silently the occupants whether they go up or down the hill. The film is, […]

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AFI Fest 2013

AFI Fest 2013

in AFI Fest

The AFI festival was taking place from November 7th to November 14th at the Chinese and Egyptian theaters in Hollywood. This year’s Guest Artistic Director was French filmmaker Agnès Varda (Cleo, from 5 to 7, The Gleaners and I), an emblematic figure from French New Wave. Her film selection at the festival includes 4 classics worth watching: Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, […]

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Lovelace Blu-Ray

Lovelace Blu-Ray

in Blu-Ray Reviews

The biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace is available on Blu-Ray. Starring Amanda Seyfried, the film follows her rise and fall, following her breakthrough performance in the porn hit Deep Throat. The film is presented in 1080p with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master, emphasizing the 70’s vibe whether it’s in terms of tones or soundtrack. As for the extras, the only […]

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Les Hommes

Les Hommes

in French Film Noir, French Movies

Les Hommes is the debut effort from Daniel Vigne who, 10 years later, found success with the medieval tale The Return of Martin Guerre. Les Hommes can easily fall into the unofficial subgenre of crime films set in Marseille along several major hits taking place in this French harbor, from Jean-pierre Melville’s Le Deuxième Souffle to William Friedkin’s French Connection […]

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