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"Two Men" Stroll Onto Blu-Ray
4 hours ago
Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville), a New York reporter, has been enlisted to quietly track down a missing French United Nations delegate before the wrong people find him, mainly the press. To track down the diplomat, however, he needs the help of an alcoholic press photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) who is looking for the perfect scoop, a picture that will bring down a celebrity or politician and make him rich. Their search takes them through classic Old New York, from the backstage of a Broadway play to a burlesque hall and a recording studio. When they finally find the man they have been searching for, they are faced with a moral dilemma with life-changing consequences for their actions. Should they lie and cover up a diplomat's indiscretions to spare his wife and daughter from public shame, or should Delmas expose the truth for entirely selfish reasons?
- Rachel Kolb
"Breakdown" Breaks It Down
18 hours ago
State of Decay is an exciting open-world title that came out for the Xbox 360 a while back. When I wrote for another site, I reviewed the title and gave it some seriously high marks. I had been tracking the development of the title for a while, had interviewed the community manager and was getting amped for the game’s release. It remains an intense, difficult and beautiful zombie apocalypse survival simulator.
Breakdown is the most-recently released Dlc, which, I’ll admit, I didn’t like at first. The proper game had a very minimal story, which, as slim as it was, was actually quite brilliant. The game never spoonfed you anything, narratively. For those who don’t know, State of Decay cast the player in the role of a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, trying to survive the onslaught of the undead while also managing weapons, food, supplies and personalities of other survivors. »
- Robert Ottone
"Walking The Camino" Keeps It On The Straight And Narrow
16 December 2013 4:41 AM, PST
Inspirational films walk a fine line in the modern world. To an increasingly secular movie-going marketplace, they can seem stilted, out of touch or just plan corny. To religious believers and the spiritually inclined, many recent cinematic attempts to appeal to their sensibilities have been met with skepticism or even outrage due to sloppy, short-shrift film making.
Fortunately for the believer and non-believer alike, the documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (Future Educational Films), the feature film debut of PBS and CNN producer Lydia B. Smith, hits all the right buttons: as a travelogue as a history lesson and as a journey into the human spirit. Lauded and awarded at film festivals around the world, Walking the Camino is now in limited release here the Us and is also available on online at various portals.
- Jason Stewart
You'd Do Well To Hear This "Message"
15 December 2013 10:53 PM, PST
“At one time or another, all religions were rebellions.” There are some truly memorable lines in 1977’s The Message from Arabic Muslim producer/director Moustapha Akkad, who would perhaps be best known, strangely enough, for producing all the Halloween movies. An epic three-hour saga on the founding of Islam, the picture’s instructive merit seems more needed than ever as many Westerners feign or strive to understand one of the world’s most complicated regions. To those that would seek to know more, this message is worth listening to.
- Kyle North
"Plush": Where Good Directors Go Bad
15 December 2013 8:52 PM, PST
I don’t know the specifics of what happened to Catherine Hardwicke. I know that she had an incredibly promising career after Thirteen or whatever, but she never really capitalized on the heat. Then Twilight happened and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but it happened and now she makes direct-to-video movies that aren’t spectacular.
My future ex-wife Emily Browning stars in this movie, which is about a band torn apart by the death of one of their members. But it’s more about how an obsessed bandmate begins stalking Hayley (Browning), the lead singer and how he’s totally out of his mind and the always-welcomed Cam Gigandet, who plays Hayley’s husband, Carter, is caught in the middle. It’s a convoluted-enough storyline without having to introduce the whole “band” aspect. You could easily remove the band aspect of the narrative »
- Robert Ottone
"Therese" Will Challenge The Connoisseur In You
15 December 2013 8:25 PM, PST
When one talks about the pretentiousness of foreign cinema, typically, that person is an idiot. As film critics, we reject the traditional Hollywood pap for the most part and dig into the “artsy fartsy” stuff that speaks to the “human condition,” a term so nebulous, I can’t fathom a legitimate meaning to it. Therese is a film that, while beautifully-shot, wonderfully-acted and loaded with the sentimental and spiritual fluff we as critics often celebrate in film, does nothing to further the argument that foreign films can be pretentious.
- Robert Ottone