BEING EVEL

There truly wasn’t anyone like Evel Knievel. His motorcycle was his weapon, but what did he combat? Gravity, I suppose. For what purpose? Political? Maybe. Celebrity, fame and fortune? Probably. Destrudo? Definitely. Even the name was a creation, a gift from a punny policeman that Knievel modified, turning “evil” into “Evel” so that he sounded dangerous, but not devilish. He made himself into an American icon, donning red, white and blue, and as the song goes, “stars and stripes too”. I don’t know if anyone ever asked for an Evel Knievel, or need one, but that is beyond the point. … Continue reading BEING EVEL

Movie Beat – 08.08.14

About Alex – They once were the closest of friends, but they lost touch. Then, Alex (Jason Ritter) tried to kill himself. Thankfully, he failed and to commemorate his failure, the gang is getting back together at a cabin for the weekend to hash it all out. Then sex got in the way. It always does. Starring Maggie Grace, Max Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy and Max Minghella. Written and directed by Jesse Zwick. In limited release from Screen Media Ventures.   Deepsea Challenge 3D – James Cameron is a filmmaker best known for his giant blockbuster smashes that own … Continue reading Movie Beat – 08.08.14

Movie Beat – 10.25.13

Blood Brother – Documentary about Rocky Braat, a young and successful American searching for meaning and purpose in his life. He finds it in India, with a bunch of HIV infected kids who are doing their best not just to survive, but to enjoy life on the way out. Braat comes face to face with the beauty and horror that exists simultaneously, and tells his story, hoping to inspire others. Directed by Steve Hoover and out in very limited release. Check here for when it will be playing in a theater near you.   Blue Is The Warmest Color – … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.25.13

Movie Beat – 01.18.13

Birders: The Central Park Effect – What a charming little documentary about birds in Central Park. New York City is a giant metropolis of concrete, glass, steel, and asphalt. Imagine a bird soaring over skyscrapers, roads, apartment buildings, and smack dab in the middle of this, a giant swath of green, Central Park. Birds come here to congregate, rest, feed, live, and the birders can’t get enough. How these birds co-exist with thirty-eight million visitors of Central Park is remarkable. Just watch that goose calmly strut its stuff, completely indifferent to anyone else. Written and directed by Jeffrey Kimball and … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.18.13

Movie Beat – 11.09.12

The weekend is upon us, and here we have ten new films out in cinemas for our viewing pleasures. Which one catches your eye? Citadel – Creepy kids and agoraphobia, what a lovely combination. Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) suffers from chronic agoraphobia ever since he watched a pack of feral children attack and kill his wife. Now, they seem intent on killing his daughter. Tommy teams up with a priest (James Cosmo) to try and learn what drives them, and the answers that lie within The Citadel. Ciaran Foy writes and directs his feature debut, which looks like it will scare the pants off … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.09.12