Film Review: <em>Prisoners </em> (2013)
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Film Review: Prisoners  (2013)

When early Telluride Film Festival reactions hit the web, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (2012) was frequently compared to David Fincher’s opus Zodiac (2007).  Like Zodiac, Prisoners is about an obsessive search for a criminal.  Like Zodiac, Prisoners stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of its obsessive investigators – one who just happens to have the symbols of the zodiac tattooed on his knuckles.  Yet, to compare the … Continue reading

Left Needing More: Review of Elysium
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Left Needing More: Review of Elysium

Director Neill Blomkamp understands that a good science fiction film is made by its social commentary. After all, he directed District 9, one of the better sci-fi films in the last decade, combining thrilling action with in-depth commentary on the film’s social tensions. With the success of District 9, Blomkamp brings high expectations in his … Continue reading

Review: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
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Review: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

In 2005, the band Blood on the Wall released  Awesomer, an album built exclusively upon the nostalgia of early 90s alt-rock. That should sound wonderful and awesome because it is. Listening to that album, you could point gleefully to all your favorite bands they were aping – PJ Harvey, The Pixies, Nirvana, Pavement, Sebadoh. “Oh shit! Oh … Continue reading

Film Review: Computer Chess
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Film Review: Computer Chess

Computer Chess is the latest film from Mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski, a semi-mockumentary (more about that later) about 80s computer programmers striving to create the ultimate chess program, shot on 80s era video equipment.  Despite its narrative and formal hook however, the film comes across more as a ninety minute novelty than a satire on the … Continue reading