MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

When it comes to high drama, there probably isn’t any time in a person’s life that is as tumultuous and dramatic as high school. Well, combat maybe, but not everyone has to face the front lines. They do have to face first period, and when you’re in the shit, it can seem just as bad. Many movies have mined high school histrionics for great effect (the 2000 Japanese dystopian film, Battle Royal, possibly being the greatest) and though the dynamics of class, race, gender and sexual orientation within the hallowed halls of secondary education are certainly well-plowed, fresh aesthetics can … Continue reading MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

INHERENT VICE

The Academy Awards nominations for achievement in motion pictures arts and sciences have been announced and thus, the usual hand wringing and nay saying has commenced. The Academy does excellent work throughout the year, but it is always their winter show that attracts the most attention, money and opinions. Although the list of sixty nominees is an impressive one, one of the aggravating aspects again lies in the Motion Picture Category where voters are allotted ten slots to choose the best theatrically released movies of the year. Four years ago the category expanded from five nominees to ten, and for one … Continue reading INHERENT VICE

Movie Beat – 01.17.14

Big Bad Wolves – If it takes a criminal to catch a criminal, then it takes a maniac to strike fear into the heart of a maniac. A father who is seeking revenge and a cop seeking justice decide to operate outside the law on a teacher they suspect is the man responsible for a series of murders. Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad, Dov Glickman, Menasheh Noy, and Dvir Benedek star, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado write and direct, and Magnolia Pictures gives this a limited release.   Devil’s Due – Ah found footage! What luck that the couple … Continue reading Movie Beat – 01.17.14