5 items from 2014
Title: The Sublime and Beautiful Director: Blake Robbins Starring: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Anastasia Baranova, Scott William Winters, Armin Shimerman Solid acting and filmmaking technique breathe a good bit of life into “The Sublime and Beautiful,” a Slamdance Film Festival world premiere and narrative feature competition title, but there is ultimately not enough of distinguished merit to save the movie from a screenplay that trades in rote, plodding dramatic developments and say-nothing symbolism. While not without a couple moments of nicely observed quiet heartache, too much of this impressionistic tale of survivor’s guilt, built around a drunk driving accident that robs a small town couple of their three children, is balanced alongside meandering story [ Read More ]
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In his director’s statement, first-time helmer Blake Robbins speaks eloquently of his desire to privilege “the moment” and to let nothing interfere with the primacy of the actors’ performances, nixing clapboards, calls of “cut” and lighting setups. That’s all very fine, except that in “The Sublime and Beautiful,” the only actor profiting from such largesse is Robbins himself, foregrounded in every scene as a college professor who loses all three of his children to a drunk driver and prowls around in tight-lipped grief thereafter. Empathetic viewers may infer volumes from Robbins’ dazed interiority, but most audiences (and distribs) will likely pass.
Coming late to the lamentation-filled dead-children genre that flourished in Hollywood some years back, Robbins brings nothing new to the table, relying on his thesping and viewers’ identification to fill in the script’s gaping blanks. Brief scenes establish the matter-of-factly affectionate relations among teacher David Conrad »
- Ronnie Scheib
A murderer gets loose in Beacon Hills and Lydia unleashes her banshee power in Teen Wolf’s newest installment “Galvanize.”
Killer On The Loose
A killer, Barrow, is taken into the local hospital for surgery after no other hospitals would take him. Years ago, he walked onto a school bus with a bomb strapped to his chest, killing many and injuring most. When Scott’s mom (Melissa Ponzio) checks in on him for pre-op, he tells her that the children on the bus had eyes that were glowing and they needed to be stopped. He doesn’t regret it and swears he will do it again if and when he gets out of prison.
During surgery, the doctors are caught off guard when they find a tumor in his chest and it explodes with flies, distracting the surgeons long enough for Barrow to escape. At the school, Lydia (Holland Roden »
Scott, Allison and Stiles faced their inner demons to close the door to their subconscious while helping to save Malia in Teen Wolf’s “More Bad Than Good.”
Derek And Peter Are Rescued
The second episode of 3b picked up with Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) and Peter (Ian Bohen), strung up on the chain link fence being electrocuted. A man and an older woman torture and question them, “Where is the she-wolf?” they ask, cutting off Peter’s finger as incentive. Derek and Peter either don’t know the answers to their questions or are refusing to talk. Later in the episode they are rescued by the mystery girl who saved Isaac from the alpha pack at the beginning of season 3. Turns out, she’s a gun for hire, and has been hired by Deucalian (season 3a’s big bad) to save Derek, and only Derek (Ha), but she sets Peter free as well. »
Plus: Scott and Isaac literally come to blows over Allison. Let the battle begin!
Is there a doctor in the house? Because the kids of Beacon Hills could use some serious therapy right about now. After Scott (Tyler Posey), Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Allison (Crystal Reed) brought themselves to the brink of death last year, the Jan. 6 winter premiere of Teen Wolf found the trio in various states of mental breakdown — including one really disturbing sex-murder dream that I think we’d all rather forget.
In a nutshell, Stiles is developing supernatural dyslexia, Allison is being haunted by visions of Aunt Kate (Jill Wagner), and Scott is completely losing control of his transformative abilities. And Lydia (Holland Roden)? Well, she’s loving every minute of it, now that she’s finally not “the crazy one.”
Fortunately, Scott and Stiles got a brief reprieve from their mutual self-destructions when Sheriff »
- Andy Swift
5 items from 2014
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