MALEFICENT

Maleficent is Disney’s latest in a spate of Nostalgia Branding, a trend spawned from the enormous box-office success of 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Last year’s Saving Mr. Banks was a lesser movie than the movie it referenced, Mary Poppins, but the performances from Tom Hanks as Uncle Walt and Emma Thompson as writer P.L. Travers added enough heart to carry the otherwise schmaltz material. Coming next year, Disney will revamp Cinderella and I am sure there are many more of these can’t miss financial opportunities to come. The logic is: if you see Maleficent, Disney get’s your money. If you … Continue reading MALEFICENT

Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhass – Michael Kohlhass (Mads Mikkelsen) was just another family man, a horse trader and a loyal citizen. Then they stole his horses and murdered his wife, now he has nothing to live for. Nothing, except for his revenge. A classic tale of retribution painted across the wide-open landscape of 16th Century France. Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz and Denis Lavant co-star in a script written by Christelle Berthevas and Arnaud des Pallières with des Pallières directing as well. In limited release from Music Box Films.   Filth – Bruce … Continue reading Movie Beat – 05.30.14

Movie Beat – 06.28.13

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

Movie Beat – 12.21.12

Barbara – Germany’s official submission for the Foreign Language Academy Award, written and directed by Christian Petzold and starring his muse, Nina Hoss as Barbara. Set in Cold War Germany, Nina is banished to a rural East Germany hospital when she applies for an exit visa. While her lover is working on a way to get her to West Germany, Barbara lies low and tries not to entangle with anyone. Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld), the head physician of the hospital, takes a liking to her, and she to him, but she can’t be certain if he is a spy or not. … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.21.12