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Month: December 2013

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Tuesday Releases: Don Jon

DECEMBER 31ST, 2013 DON JON // Led wonderfully by the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who steps into the writing and directing chair, on top of acting, “Don Jon” delivers an introspective and occasionally funny look at “porn addiction” and how it fits into a person’s life. A strange subject matter to base a film around, HitRECord’s Gordon-Levitt does a decent job of keeping the focus on … Read More Tuesday Releases: Don Jon

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Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2013

As the year draws to a close, the “best of” lists begin to surface, with the cinefiles putting the best and worst of 2013 behind them and getting ready for the onslaught of brand new movies to come in the new year. Having seen almost 400 films this year, it feels only fitting to compile a list of my favorites as well. I look … Read More Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2013

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Theatrical Releases: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty & The Wolf Of Wall Street

Before seeing the trailer for “47 Ronin” I was much more excited to see it. Keanu Reeves taking up the leading role in a film about samurai? Sign me up! But with the trailer came the fantasy element of giant trolls and women turning into dragons and ghost demons that look like Voldemort and you’ve almost completely lost me. I will still likely see … Read More Theatrical Releases: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty & The Wolf Of Wall Street

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One Minute Review: Jingle All The Way (1996) [2.5]

JINGLE ALL THE WAY // Despite now being a classic Christmas film and despite being set in my home state of Minnesota, “Jingle All The Way” is not a great Christmas film. Capturing the angst of a parent needing to get the most popular toy for his child on Christmas Eve, the morals of the film are really down and dirty, not providing for … Read More One Minute Review: Jingle All The Way (1996) [2.5]

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One Minute Review: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) [4.5]

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION // Still hilarious to this day, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” never gets old. Thanks to impeccable comedic delivery by funny man Chevy Chase, the imagery of the Griswold family Christmas sets the stage for millions across the country to enjoy their families and sit down by their Christmas trees for the holiday season, watching one man’s strife to make the … Read More One Minute Review: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: Home Alone (1990) [4.5]

HOME ALONE // One cannot deny the classic status of “Home Alone” as one of the most watched Christmas movies of all-time. Written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, the story of a boy accidentally left at home by his family headed on vacation left to defend his house against pending thieves is now recognizable to anyone with a television set around … Read More One Minute Review: Home Alone (1990) [4.5]

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One Minute Review: The Lion King (1994) [5.0]

THE LION KING // An absolute classic, Disney’s “The Lion King” is one of the very first films I remember latching on to as a child, watching the VHS in constant succession, learning every line and every song, and the film still does not get old to this day, with a brilliant remastered version that makes the film look like it just came out … Read More One Minute Review: The Lion King (1994) [5.0]

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One Minute Review: [Rec] (2007) [3.0]

[REC] // Found footage zombie horror at its best, “[REC]” takes an interesting approach at the idea by sending in one camera man and a reporter as they follow a group of firemen called to a scene, only to be quarantined in the apartment building with unexplainable attacks by humans. Much eerier than the American remake titled “Quarantine”, Manuela Velasco, an actual reporter from … Read More One Minute Review: [Rec] (2007) [3.0]

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One Minute Review: Violet & Daisy (2013) [2.5]

VIOLET & DAISY // The idea of “Violet & Daisy” was likely much more interesting than the execution. The idea of two young girls, interested in lollipops and pop singers, doubling as assassins is quite the tale. But as most of the film takes place in one living room and the actresses aren’t totally allowed to shine, the entire film falls flat. As touched … Read More One Minute Review: Violet & Daisy (2013) [2.5]

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One Minute Review: In The Valley Of Elah (2007) [4.0]

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH // Heartbreakingly real, “In The Valley Of Elah” tells the story of a veteran father looking for his AWOL son after his return from Iraq. Paul Haggis, best known for his directing in “Crash” delivers yet another emotionally charged drama, where every clue and every interview with a suspect leads the characters further and further down a rabbit hole, … Read More One Minute Review: In The Valley Of Elah (2007) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) [4.0]

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE // Full of interesting characters and Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful animation styling, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is an awesome feat of Japanese film making, setting the cornerstone for anime that plays across to a much larger audience than most iterations. The film follows Sophie, a hat maker and oldest daughter of a flighty debutant mother, as she toils with the Witch of the … Read More One Minute Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) [4.0]

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One Minute Review: Her (2013) [5.0]

HER // I have never smiled so much or felt so much emotion during a film this year than I did with “Her”. Feeling the presence of a smile while you’re watching a film is a rare thing, at least for me. The immense glow of emotion coming from this film is brought on, not just by the lavish performances, but by the eclectic … Read More One Minute Review: Her (2013) [5.0]