Saturday, August 27, 2011

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Movie Review

[Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Directed by Troy Nixey
Starring: Bailee Madison, Katie Holmes, and Guy Pearce
MPAA: R - For Violence and Terror]

Friday, August 26, 2011

Climbing The Tree of Life

It's been months since first viewing Terrence Malick's magnum opus The Tree of Life, and it still lingers in the mind. It's a metaphysical pilgrimage, a wonderfully nostalgic ode to childhood, a haunting mood piece, a surrealist drama, a meditative slow burn, and it's the only film I can ever remember that handles the balancing act of being both incredibly disjointed, and wonderfully fluid.

So if you didn't get the memo that I pretty much love everything about this movie to death, let's repeat it: I love everything about this movie to death, the afterlife, and so on and so forth. And since it's been spreading to more and more theaters each week, and it will inevitably be going to be releasing on DVD in one or two months (Hopefully in time to get recognition this coming awards season), I've decided to analyze the film in depth. Some things I will mention are quite obvious to anyone who paid close enough attention to the film, but there are a few shocking revelations that I've interpreted myself that should interest anyone who's seen the film.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

CinEffect Episode #8: Catherine, Crazy Stupid Love, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Future

Welcome to the CinEffect Podcast. In this podcast of constant douchebaggery, me (Chris), Alex, and Brady talk about film, games, and everything in between. This week, we discuss Atlus's newest game Catherine, the awfulness of Lee Daniels's Shadowboxer, Andy Serkis's exceptional performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and conclude with a review of the latest ensemble romantic dramedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. Yes, we hate the word "dramedy" just as much as you do.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Future Movie Review

[The Future
Directed by Miranda July
Starring: Miranda July and Hamish Linklater
MPAA: R - For Some Sexual Content]

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

[Rise of the Planet of the ApesDirected by Rupert Wyatt
Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow
MPAA: PG-13 - For Intense and Frightening Sequences of Action and Violence]

If there's one thing you're going to hear me say a lot whenever I mention Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's that it's one of those movies where the performance is better than the movie itself...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Top 15 Movies You Probably Haven't Tried (That You Should Try)

Some movies unfortunately don't get the recognition they deserve. Whether they end up getting a horrible distribution line-up, terrible marketing, or a straight-to-DVD release can determine the fate of a movie that remains to be completely unseen by the general public. Thankfully, there are lots of hardcore film nerds that like to give the smaller films support, and some of them end up becoming cult classics. But, believe it or not, there are movies that even the biggest movie snob has never heard of. And even if they heard of it, there's no guarantee that they've even actually tried it. So this is a list that is dedicated to the dark horses of the industry. 15 films that even the most knowledgeable movie snobs can admit to not really trying, even if they may have heard of it.

With that in mind, let's begin our odyssey into the unknown...