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"Cavemen" Could Have Stood For More Input From A Few Cavewomen
10 July 2014 8:39 PM, PDT
Aspiring screenwriter Dean (Skylar Astin of Pitch Perfect fame) is trying to write the next great love story, but unfortunately, he has never been in love. He decides to actively seek out love in the Los Angeles dating scene, which is something easier said than done. Meanwhile, his roommates and best friends Jay (Chad Michael Murray), Andre (Dayo Okeniyi), and Pete (Kenny Wormald) are more concerned with hook-ups, or in Pete’s case, hiding his hook-ups from his girlfriend. When Dean’s long-time friend Tess (Camilla Belle) starts dating Jay, though, Dean realizes he might have missed the opportunity at love that was right in front of him all along.
- Rachel Kolb
"House Of Dust" Is Exactly As Exciting As Its Title Suggests
10 July 2014 5:03 PM, PDT
There’s not much to say about House of Dust; if you’ve seen one movie like this, you’ve essentially seen them all. “Inspired by true events?” Check! Mediocre cast of actors from C-list television shows? Check! Gratingly annoying stereotypes masquerading as characters portrayed by said actors? Check! An abandoned, purportedly haunted building for characters to stupidly break into? Check! Creepy stuff that starts happening once they escape from the haunted building? Ch...well, to be quite honest, nothing even remotely creepy happens in House of Dust. The film is as bland as the taste of the titular particles on your tongue when you walk into a room that has been shut for far too long.
- Lee Jutton
"Breathe Air" Rocks Out In A Serious Way
10 July 2014 4:25 PM, PDT
Plastic Yellow Band has been compared to artists like Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay and John Lennon. While those are certainly apt comparisons, I have to admit that I dig lead singer Gerald Jennings’ voice a lot more than the guy from Coldplay who just broke up with Pepper Potts.
Tracks like “Lonely Place” off the album Breathe Air is beautiful, driving and melodic. The kind of track you’d see over a commercial for Ford or something. It’s a nice, slick track, perfect for hanging out around a firepit and drinking some beer. That’s the vibe I got off it.
- Robert Ottone
Support This "American Made Movie"
10 July 2014 4:20 PM, PDT
If there is one thing most Americans can agree on right now in these ultra-divided times, it’s the economy, and how we all wish it was just a little bit healthier. Right now it feels as though it is huffing and puffing along and straining itself to get through each day without collapsing, like an unathletic, asthmatic kid reliant on his inhaler who dreams of being a robust, flag-waving Olympic athlete. How can we get the United States of America’s economy back to its full potential, so that it becomes a little bit easier for the average middle-class citizen to make ends meet on a regular basis? How do we help more people make a decent living wage so that they can in turn go out, spend it and boost the economy further? The main argument of the feature-length documentary American Made Movie is pretty simple on the surface: create more manufacturing jobs. »
- Lee Jutton
Play This "Punk Prayer" Loud
10 July 2014 2:34 PM, PDT
Back in 2012, Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot exploded onto world news when three of their members were arrested and charged with hooliganism “motivated by religious hatred.” Pussy Riot members Nadya, Masha, and Katia performed a protest song in Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, a song targeting President Vladimir Putin and church leaders who were blurring the lines between church and government. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer covers the trials of Nadya, Masha, and Katia as well as the origins of Pussy Riot and the larger war that still wages in Russian culture today.
- Rachel Kolb
Try Taking This "Journey To The West"
7 July 2014 9:01 PM, PDT
The latest film, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, from prolific filmmaker Stephen Chow serves as a (very loose and comedic) prequel to the 16th century classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Told in a highly comedic Kung Fu style, Journey to the West embraces religious beliefs in one man’s quest to rid the world of demons and their evil influences. A mighty tall order for anyone, especially this meek, yet eager, young man Xuan Zang (Wen Zhang) whose unkempt, dusty hair is extremely distracting.
- John Keith
You Won't Envy "How I Live Now"
7 July 2014 6:04 PM, PDT
Saoirse Ronan seems to be trying very hard to carve her own little niche in cinema. From Hanna to The Host to Byzantium, Ronan has been building a career as a teenage action star in dystopic/post-apocalyptic worlds. And her latest film, How I Live Now, is another entry on that resume.
Britain is on the brink of World War Three, and American Daisy (Ronan) is forced to spend the summer at her aunt’s country home. The house is full of her rambunctious cousins—Isaac (Tom Holland), Piper (Harley Bird), and Eddie (George MacKay)—but her Aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) has business to deal with and leaves the children alone during this turbulent time. Daisy tries to keep to herself but Isaac is keen on including her, and Eddie is so devastatingly handsome and mysterious that Daisy just can’t help herself (Isaac is also quick to mention that »
- John Keith
There's Topicality, But Not Enough Creative "Capital"
7 July 2014 5:48 PM, PDT
“Money is the master” in the French financial thriller Capital released by Cohen Media Group on Blu-ray. Budding bank executive Marc Tourneuil (Glad Elmaleh) manipulates his way to the top of France’s Phenix Bank in true Frank Underwood fashion. When the bank’s CEO suffers a heart attack whilst golfing, Tourneuil pounces on the opportunity, turning heads from a number of bank executives who have their own plans for the bank’s future.
Tourneuil’s rise quickly causes problems in his personal life as well as his career. His stone-cold demeanor, however, keeps him well prepared for the storm of drama in his life. Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne), head of an American hedge fund, attempts to exert control over Tourneuil and the Bank. And Tourneuil’s marriage gets rocky when he takes up an affair with a supermodel. It is all Tourneuil can do to maintain control of the »
- John Keith
These Trailers Will Take You Way Down Under
6 July 2014 6:54 PM, PDT
God bless Australia. God bless its baby-eating dingoes, its obscenely poisonous fauna, and its rather generous contributions to the world's pool of leading actors (at least one of whom is represented here). Most of all, God bless its exploitation film industry, the breadth and tastelessness of which is well illustrated by this collection of 65 film trailers. But more than a history lesson (a raw, dirty sort of history lesson that basic cable ought to look into), Ozploitation Trailer Explosion is probably the best way to acquaint yourself with exploitation fare in the first place. Distilled into minute-long bursts, this collection is as energizing as grindhouse films are supposed to be (but rarely, in the act of watching them for an hour and a half, actually are).
- Anders Nelson