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Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness

21 Mar

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Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness | 2007 |
Director: Melody Gilbert | Site | IMDB

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I have always been interested in old buildings and what has been left behind forgotten. In this documentary you meet a group of people who wonder the same thing; but they actually see what is left behind and go exploring first hand.  These people are all over the world and they call themselves Urban Explorers.  Essentially, they break into abandoned buildings and travel through old tunnels, even through sewage, if necessary, to find new spots to explore. I thought that this was an interesting documentary and hopefully it will get more people into Urban Exploration.

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Attack the Block

13 Mar

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Attack the Block | 2011 | Director: Joe Cornish | Site | IMDB
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What would happen if aliens invaded South London? That is the premise of Attack the Block. A group of hoodies and punks take up arms to defend their block from an alien invasion. This is one of the best science fiction films in years. Writer / director Joe Cornish optimistically suggests that gangs, hoodies and other deviants would step up and fight for those that couldn’t fight on their block. I would like to believe this was the case, but regardless is extremely funny and entertaining Continue reading

The Hollywood Complex

12 Mar

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The Hollywood Complex | 2011 | Director: Dylan Nelson &
Dan Sturman | Site | IMDB

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This is a documentary about children and their families traveling to Hollywood during the pilot season trying to become stars.  The documentary focuses on a specific apartment complex that caters to these families and a dozen children that reside there.  It really takes a deep look into what people sacrifice in order to help their children become stars.  There are so many people out there taking advantage of any person wanting to get into TV or films and when children are involved it’s even more upsetting.  The kids they follow are so motivated in becoming famous but seeing their reactions when they don’t get a part is sad.  I am definitely on the edge of whether or not I feel these kids should be going through this but all of them seem like this is what they truly want.  You just never know if it’s the parents pushing them or of this is something they decided on their own.  I recommend seeing this and you do get some good insight into Hollywood and the pilot season.

The Shrine

11 Mar

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The Shrine | 2010 | Director: Jon Knautz | Site | IMDB
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The Shrine is about a young reporter trying to write a story about a backpacker that goes missing in a small eastern European town.  She notices several people have gone missing in this area over the years and takes her boyfriend and another reporter with her to investigate.  When they arrive in the village the townsfolk are less than welcoming and try to run the group of reporters out of the town.  The acting in this movie could have been a lot better but obviously it was a low budget indie film Continue reading

Nerdcore Rising

10 Mar

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Nerdcore Rising | 2008 | Director: Negin Farsad
& Kim Gatewood | Site | IMDB

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Nerdcore Rising documents the first U.S. tour of MC Frontalot, the “Godfather of Nerdcore” and his group of eccentric, nerdy band mates. Much of the film follows Frontalot and his band from show to show gaining mild but continued support from Nerdcore fans. Interviews with “Weird” Al Yankovic, Brian Posehn, Jello Biafra and many others build a background on what it is to be a nerd and what that term has come to define. It is a very broad word and seems to cover anyone who has had their obsessions and eccentricities build a wall of social awkwardness and scrutiny Continue reading

BioShock Infinite: Motorized Patriot

8 Mar

If you are anything like me you are shaking with anticipation for the release of Bioshock Infinite this October. In the tradition of the rest of the great vid docs Irrational Games puts out Ken Levin talks about the new approach to enemy types they took for Bioshock Infinite. For this doc in particular he discusses the “Heavy Hitters” or tank class enemies you will encounter. There is some great gameplay footage of a “Motorized Patriot”, or as I like to call him the Robo-George Washington. Enjoy…

BioShock Infinite: Motorized Patriot – Heavy Hitters Part 1

Outrage

6 Mar

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Outrage | 2011 | Director: Takeshi Kitano | Site | IMDB
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The latest film from Takeshi Kitano, a.k.a. Beat Takeshi, Outrage is the story of betrayal and backstabbing within a group of Yakuza families. Reminiscent of Infernal Affairs or The Departed Outrage deals with the leader of a major crime syndicate and his decision to destroy the drug trafficking arm of a competing syndicate. All through his long suffering subordinate. Takeshi Kitano stars in and directs Outrage. He manages however small the part to steal each scene he is in. You believe he is a man capable of anything and ready to explode at any second Continue reading
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