22 Jump Street – The meta-named “21 Jump Street” program was such a success that the division is loading a lot of money into the follow-up, “22 Jump Street”. The name change is due to an address change and this time, the boys are going to college. The incredible team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller look to crack the sequel code and they just might do it. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman are back and Peter Stormare, Dave Franco and Amber Stevens join in on the fun. Out in wide release from Sony Pictures. All … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.13.14
A Band Called Death – In 1973, the world was still a few years away from the Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and all the other purveyors of punk music. In Detroit, there was three brothers banging away at their instruments, playing loud, playing fast, playing punk music. They couldn’t get a record deal, so to obscurity they faded. Now, the music has been rediscovered, they are playing again, and Death lives on! Come see what Bobby, Dannis, and David Hackney were all up to in that spare bedroom. Directed by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett and out … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.28.13
Blancanieves – Snow White en español, re-telling of a Grimm Fairy Tale in beautiful black and white photography by Kiko de la Rica and scored by Alfonso de Vilallonga. It was last year’s entry for the Foreign Film Oscar from Spain, but it will no doubt be called this year’s The Artist. Set in 1920s Spain, a young girl grows up with just a Father and learns his craft as a bullfighter. Hated and driven out by her evil stepmother, she joins a troop of traveling dwarves and becomes the most famous bullfighter in Spain. Performances from Ángela Molina, Maribel … Continue reading Movie Beat – 03.29.13
Some movies start with a bang, others lure you in to their worlds with craft and precision. Before you know it, you are just as paranoid as the characters. Anything could be lurking around the corner, over your shoulder, and no one is who they says they are. The mistake we as an audience will make is that we believe whatever the characters tell us. We can be easily duped. Side Effects lure us into a very tangled web that will eventually ensnare us.
Caesar Must Die – William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is one of the most infamous and greatest pieces of theater. It has been performed a countless number of times in virtually every language. One would think that we would reach a saturation point for this particular play, but we never will, and we can thank Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and those of like mind for such inventiveness. Their staging of Julius Caesar is part documentary, part staging. The performers, harden criminals, some with no hope of parole. “Et tu, Brute?” takes on a completely different meaning to one who might have … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.08.13
2012 was a magnificent year for the movies. They are more diverse, more personal, and more magical than ever. Yes, there was the onslaught of the usual blockbuster fare, sequels left and right, and the mighty flops that were John Carter and Battleship, but there was so much more to discover in theaters this year. It is quite possible that 2012 was one of the best years for the cinema, maybe not on par with 1939 or 1960, but time will tell which of these stories permeate the collective consciousness and hang around and continue to inform our experiences. 2012 also saw a great amount of cinema history as … Continue reading 2012: A Year At The Movies