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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.
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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

Outrage

6 Mar

Outrage
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

Take Shelter

4 Mar

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Take Shelter | 2011 | Director: Jeff Nichols | Site | IMDB
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Suffering from apocalyptic visions a father and husband begins to prepare for an oncoming cataclysmic storm. All to the disbelief and concern of his friends and family. Take Shelter is one of my favorite films of 2011. Directed by Jeff Nichols, who also directed another one of my favorite films, Shotgun stories, starring the same lead Michael Shannon. Another foray into the Southern Gothic genre plus an apocalyptic twist. The cinematography was gorgeous. Wide expansive spaces look gorgeous and entirely ominous Continue reading

Neds

25 Feb

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Neds | 2010 | Director: Peter Mullan | IMDB
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This movie is about an exceptionally intelligent young boy in Glasgow named John whose situation is hard for him to escape. John is growing up in Scotland with an alcoholic abusive father and a brother who is deeply involved in gang violence.  It begins with John trying to stay away from the gangs and to not be like his older brother. The downward spiral that occurs in this film is heartbreaking because you see how hard John was trying to avoid the footsteps of his brother Continue reading

Septien

19 Feb

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Septien | 2011 | Director: Michael Tully | Site | IMDB
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After disappearing for eighteen years Cornelius reappears back at his family’s farm to live with his two psychologically unhinged brothers. I will preface this with I was fairly excited to see this film and had slightly higher expectations going into it. I am a huge fan of Southern Gothic films like Shotgun Stories and Winter’s Bone subsequently I was excited for Septien. Sorry to say, I was very disappointed. The story was great and strange and dark like you would expect a good Southern Gothic film to be but it fell short on so many other levels Continue reading
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