Monthly Archives: August 2011

It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004, 90 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Darkly funny semi-mockumentary about a hard-partying British DJ based in Ibiza who¬† loses his hearing and his career (among other items), and then his subsequent path to redemption, on which he takes a few sharp detours, maybe or maybe not … Continue reading

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Stake Land (2011, 98 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Fairly original mix of a vampire and apocalypse movie. A must-see if you’re a fan of vampire/horror movies, and a pretty solid recommendation even if you’re not. Following an unexplained global plague that results in the vast majority of civilization … Continue reading

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Catfish (2010, 87 minutes, PG-13) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Weird “documentary” that will¬†likely make you paranoid about what could happen to you on Facebook. Nev Schulman is a NYC-based photographer who one day has a photo published in the New York Sun. Shortly thereafter, he is sent a painting … Continue reading

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Near Dark (1987, 99 minutes, R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Disappointing western/vampire yarn from the now famous (and Oscar-owning) Kathryn Bigelow. She also co-wrote it. This movie has gained quite a cult following over the years and is one I have long looked forward to finally seeing. It didn’t work … Continue reading

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13 Assassins (2010, 126 minutes, R, subtitled) 3.5 stars out of 5

Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) more than capably tackles the samurai genre in this very entertaining remake of the original, ‘The 13 Assassins’ from 1963. Set in Feudal Japan at the end of the samurai era, evil … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Boating (2010, 91 minutes, Rated R) 3 out of 5 stars

Uneven but ultimately enjoyable entry (perhaps the first of its kind) into the romantic/comedy/stoner/drama genre, directed by and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman stars as Jack, a somewhat introverted, dread-locked, reggae-loving limo driver who lives in his uncle’s basement. Jack … Continue reading

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Biutiful (2010, 148 minutes, Rated R, subtitled) 3 stars out of 5

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is one of my favorite directors. One of the movies that inspired this site was Amores Perros from 2000. I stumbled onto that movie (having never even heard of it prior) on a descrambled PPV channel when … Continue reading

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