"Iris" A Swan Song for Two

 

If you’ve ever seen a pair of eyeglasses with frames like saucers, a necklace with big enough beads to be used in the World Series, or a feather boa digesting a large rodent, chances are the inspiration for the design came from one woman. Name: Iris Apfel. Profession: interior decorator extraordinaire, thrift store miner, Harlem world…

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Tomorrowland's journey to inspiration is mostly stagnant

 

Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

 

 

Tomorrowland was a bit of a mystery up until the final weeks before opening….

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"Human Centipede 3" Makes Me Happy to Announce How Terrible It Is

The tremendously disgusting things gushing like from a volcano out of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) are not what ruin the movie. The fun of gross-out cinema is to be grossed out. And having our boundaries pushed is important if for no other reason than to check ourselves. Human Centipede 3 (which I will refer to as HC: 3 going forward) tri…

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Two Short Films by Fabian Martorell: "The Coin" and "Unbelief"

 

French filmmaker Fabian Martorell turned in two short films to The Movie Blog to be reviewed. The Coin and Unbelief are two conceptual shorts blowing as much hot air as possible in their fleeting timespans. These two share a theme (faith) and play off of each other nicely. Both tackle the idea of faith in different ways—one looking to the…

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Mad Max: Fury Road Review

In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

 

 

For me, Mad Max: Fury Road unofficially kicks off summer blockbuster season. The Avenger…

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Pitch Perfect 2 excelled in music but slightly lacked in plot

 

Synopsis: After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
 

 

When I saw that a Pitch Perfect sequel was being made, I got excited. The first film was enjoyable …

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Director Amy Berg Talks About Making Every Secret Thing

 

With her upcoming movie Every Secret Thing releasing on May 15th in theaters, VOD, and iTunes, I got a chance to speak with Director Amy Berg about the film.

 

Jim: Hey Amy, how’s it going?

 
Amy: I’m doing very well Jim.
 

Jim: Obviously you have a documentary background, but how did you come up with this…

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Short Film "The Cobblestone Corridor" Exercising its Right to Drool

 

 

            The Cobblestone Corridor, a short film written, directed and starred in by Erik C. Bloomquist, is a neo-noir about a newspaperman doubling as detective to uncover the truth behind the ousting of a popular teacher at his preparatory school. Bloomquist plays Allen Archer, the editor-in-chief and lead journalist for…

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Danish Short "The Harvest" Not to be Confused with Anything Else

The Harvest, a short, Danish production by directing duo Kim Sønderholm and Martin Sonntag, is not to be confused with the recently released Jon McNaughton film of the same name (reviewed by The Movie Blog’s Jim Alexander here). This is a special effects nightmare—I mean this in a good and bad way. The twenty nasty little minutes that comprise …

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"Woodfalls" Falls Flat and Hard

 

Woodfalls has one thing going for it—Michelle Crane. Crane plays Rebecca, who, along with her brother, Billy (Matthew Ferdenzi), and their helpless mother, moves into a trailer sitting lonely in a field in the town of Woodfalls. Crane, as the bible clinging, inexperienced, softhearted Rebecca is natural and competent in a way no other…

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August 17, 2004
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Coupland Coming to the Big Screen? Bliss!

— Posted by John Campea

Okay, so when I’m not watching far too many films I tend to read far too many books. And when I read I really like to read Douglas Coupland. I…

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August 17, 2004
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John’s Without A Paddle Review

— Posted by John Campea

Got invited to an advanced screening of Without a Paddle last night (ok, so I’m bragging a little, sue me), and expectations weren’t high. Although the previews have looked pretty…

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August 17, 2004
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Ash vs Freddy & Jason Talks Are Getting Friendlier

— Posted by John Campea

About 8 microseconds ago, aintitcool.com posted an interesting little article on the negotiations between all of the appropriate Raimies (how do ya spell a plural “Raimi” anyway?) and “other people”….

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August 17, 2004
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Two Wonderful topics: 1) Corey Feldman and 2) Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!

— Posted by John Campea

Allrighty! Here he is! The Frog Brother, the kid with the ear on Stand By Me, yes, that’s right, it’s Corey Feldman, and it’s not a surreal reality show OR…

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August 16, 2004
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Open Water’s Final Trailer and a Whole Lotta Facts.

— Posted by John Campea

Extremely Limited release for the past week and a half (no Toronto… Grrrr) and this Friday, it’ll finally get screened in your city – what I’ve already called as what…

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August 16, 2004
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Carnivale Coming to DVD!

— Posted by John Campea

Wanna know what to get your favorite Movie Blogger for Christmas? This’ll do nicely. If only they had Deadwood coming out at the same time … that’d be bliss …

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August 16, 2004
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Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg To Appear in New Romero Zombie Film!

— Posted by John Campea

Thanks to the keen eye of regular reader Kelly Shaw I came across this article on Fangoria tipping us to the fact that Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg of Shaun…

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August 14, 2004
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Full Trailer For I Heart Huckabees Online. Yeah, I’m Sold.

— Posted by John Campea

Like the title says, the trailer for David O Russell’s new film is online and looking amazing in a very absurd, existential sort of way. The cast is fantastic with…

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August 14, 2004
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Early Review From A Test Screening of The Grudge

— Posted by John Campea

Creature Corner has just run a lengthy, detailed and massively positive review of Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge – a remake of his own Japanese film Juon – and it’s totally…

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August 14, 2004
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Taxi – Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

— Posted by John Campea

Does one really need to see anything else in a trailer or poster for a movie that includes the phrase “Starring Jimmy Fallon” to know beyond a shadow of a…

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August 14, 2004
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An Old-School Spook Movie. A Very Good One in fact.

— Posted by John Campea

Well, it *is* Friday the 13th, right? (Well, it was when I started writing this) So I’m gonna give up a little write-up on one of my favourite horror/suspense films….

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August 14, 2004
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John’s Review of AVP ‚Äì It didn’t suck

— Posted by John Campea

Ok, I know all the critics are ripping this film to shreads. I can already feel the pressure to give a SERIOUSLY negative review. But screw it, I’m gonna tell…

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August 13, 2004
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Early Reviews are In On Alien Versus Predator And It Aint Pretty …

— Posted by John Campea

It’s early yet but some of the major critics are starting to weigh in on Alien Versus Predator and the ratings are coming in even lower than they did for…

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August 13, 2004
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Danny The Dog Will Be Released By Rogue Pictures As Unleashed in 2005

— Posted by John Campea

Danny the Dog, the impressive looking Jet Li / Bob Hoskins / Morgan Freeman flick starring Li as an imprisoned and emotionally stunted pit fighter will get a North American…

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August 13, 2004
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I Heart Huckabees Website Online

— Posted by John Campea

Of the gala presentations at this year’s Toronto Film Festival David Russell’s I Heart Huckabees is one of the most intriguing. Check out the Festival-provided synopsis: I ♥ HUCKABEES begins…

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August 13, 2004
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Seven Minutes Of Without A Paddle Online

— Posted by John Campea

Okay, I posted a little something about the solid trailer for the Matthew Lillard / Seth Green / Dax Shepard comedy a while back so it caught my eye when…

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August 13, 2004
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Bring on the Jihad …

— Posted by John Campea

Oh, my. Sometimes I just have to wonder what people are thinking when they make a film and Ridley Scott’s latest is one of those times. Scott’s next film, Kingdom…

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August 13, 2004
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A Pair of Interesting Joss Whedon Rumors …

— Posted by John Campea

A pair of interesting Whedon-related articles appeared on SciFi.com today … In the first Whedon lets it be known that while he is still interested in pursuing those rumored Buffy-verse…

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