The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (such an appropriate title) is based on events in the life of computing pioneer Alan… [more]

The Imitation Game (2014) The Imitation Game (2014)

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I mean there is a LOT of movie related news that has come across in the past couple of weeks. I mean… [more]

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Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

Gina Prince-Bythewood's third feature film, Beyond the Lights, is a contemporary love story set in the… [more]

Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood) Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

Scary Movie, Part I: The Innocents (1961)

This post is the first in my two-part Scary Movie(s) series to "honor" the rapidly-approaching Halloween… [more]

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I mean there is a LOT of movie related news that has come across in the past couple of weeks. I mean LOADS. So instead of creating separate posts for each, I decided to aggregate those that piqued my interest the most. So here they go - in no particular order. Enjoy!   Sony Pictures … [Read More...]

THE IMITATION GAME

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game (such an appropriate title) is based on events in the life of computing pioneer Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). Often referred to as the father of modern computing/artificial intelligence, the film shifts between: The "far past" of Turing's school days at … [Read More...]

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NOIRvember: The Whistler

For my next installment in the NOIRvember series, I would like to discuss the (mainly) William Castle directed film noir series of the 1940's entitled The Whistler. Based on the popular radio serial that ran from 1942-1955, the film noir/crime/mystery series totaled 8 films; 7 starred veteran actor … [Read More...]

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NOIRvember: Born to Be Bad (1950)

Oh, darling Christabel. Such a lovely, innocent name - but as the title of this Nicholas Ray film suggests, you were Born to Be Bad. Sure, this one borders more on the melodramatic (very familiar territory for lead actress Joan Fontaine), but that is what makes it so fun to watch. It is … [Read More...]

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Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)

Gina Prince-Bythewood's third feature film, Beyond the Lights, is a contemporary love story set in the frenzied world of popular music. Rising star Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) feels overwhelmed by the trappings of her meteoric rise to fame. She has what everyone imagines they want, but really it isn't … [Read More...]

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NOIRvember Feature: Leave Her To Heaven (1945)

I guess it is something that for my first feature (Leave Her to Heaven) during NOIRvember I choose a vibrant Technicolor film, which in my estimation at least is loosely noir, and borders more on the melodramatic. I  fact I often wonder if this film were shot in black and white, would I be so … [Read More...]

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Interstellar (2014, dir. Christopher Nolan)

The "Dust Bowl" has gone global. Mankind is on the brink of extinction. Underground NASA scientists have devised a Plan A and a Plan B .... ... that is where I will start with Christopher Nolan's latest feature Interstellar.   I was having a hard time deciding where to start with … [Read More...]

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NYFF 52 in the Rearview: While We’re Young (2014)

(Sorry this one has been sitting in the draft folder for a minute ...) For the final recap of my 2014 New York Film Festival experience, I would like to discuss Noah Baumbach's latest feature, While We're Young. The ensemble cast is led by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged couple, … [Read More...]

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NYFF52 in the Rearview: Mr. Turner (2014)

Mike Leigh's latest feature, Mr. Turner is a wonderfully evocative biopic about the life of English painter J.M.W Turner (1775-1851), played by Timothy Spall (Cannes Film Festival Award winner, Best Actor). Many art enthusiasts may know the name not only for the work the landscape artist produced … [Read More...]

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NYFF 52 in the Rearview: Life of Riley (2014)

The final film of renowned French filmmaker Alain Resnais (Hiroshima mon amour, Night and Fog), Life of Riley is adapted from the play Alan Ayckbourn’s of the same name. It tells the story of a group of friends coming to terms with the imminent passing of one of their own, the unseen George … [Read More...]

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Scary Movie(s), Part 2: Friends and Family Edition

For the second part of my Scary Movie series, I decided to poll and troll those who are nearest and dearest to me, with the promise that their individual responses would be protected by anonymity. I posed the very basic question to them: Select a scary movie that you "love" and describe in a … [Read More...]