September 2010

Movie Review: Bunraku

by George Hickman on September 30, 2010

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The word “bunraku” refers to form of Japanese puppet theater where the puppeteers, usually dressed in black, are visible on stage. “Bunraku” the film combines elements of classic samurai and cowboy films and sets it in a gunless future that feels more like an alternate past. The aesthetic feels both unique and familiar. While it [...]

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Here is a link to my coverage of Day Three of Fantastic Fest 2010. I saw a total of four films on day four, including two sequels, a very odd and surprising studio film, and a stop-motion animation film that is probably the most family friendly thing I will see at this year’s fest. Ip [...]

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I try not to go to the Arnold Schwarzenegger well too often. After all, the man’s entire career has a place on this blog. Ever since he made is debut as Hercules in “Hercules In New York,” his acting career has been a virtual litany of bad action movies or just plain bad movies meant [...]

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The slasher film ruled the horror genre from the release of “Halloween” in 1978 until Jason was sent to Hell in 1993. It had a brief resurgence, though, with the self-aware “Scream” trilogy and the films that followed in its wake. But true 80s-style horror has been the exception, rather than the rule. Enter writer/director [...]

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Coverage of Fantastic Fest Day Two is here. I saw five films on day three, all of which I were off my radar before I scheduled them. It was a day filled with pleasant discoveries and a little bit of disappointment. All five films took place at the same theater. Sound of Noise – Rock [...]

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To listen to the entire song “That Lucky Old Sun” by Ray Charles, click here. There are hundreds of great Ray Charles songs,and certainly “What’d I Say” and “Georgia on my Mind” are among his best-known classics. But I picked this song, first performed by Frankie Laine in 1949 with music by Beasley Smith and [...]

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Day two began with the Chinese kung fu comedy “Gallants.” Gallants – Minor Rock Fist Up “Gallants” is a charming Hong Kong comedy that combines elements of films such as “Goodbye Lenin,” and “The Karate Kid,” among others. A timid young man is sent to a small town to resolve a real estate dispute. Involved [...]

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The wildman known as Warren J. Cantrell is back with another Top 10! Warren liked contributing Top 10s to Scene-Stealers so much, he started his own site, 10Rant.com. Check it out now. In the meantime, here’s Warren: Why are bathtub scenes so frequently showcased in films? Though I know that many out there still take [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! I’m gonna warn you. This post is a big one. An epic response [...]

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For a summary of Fantastic Fest 2010 Days 1 and 2, click here. Here are summaries and movie-review haikus for Days 3 and 4: Day 3 – Saturday, 9/25/10 The third day featured the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to director and fight choreographer of “The Matrix” and “Kill Bill,” Yuen Woo Ping. There [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2010 is now at the halfway point. Most films have already played once, and the award ceremony will be held tonight. There will be a livestream of the ceremony here for those interested. So far there’s been a lot of great films, and a lot of amazing events and insanity in general. It’s [...]

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Movie Review: Buried

by George Hickman on September 25, 2010

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Fantastic Fest 2010 has started and George Hickman is covering it for Scene-Stealers. His reviews of all the movies he can cram into one week will be published here until the genre-oriented film festival is over and his bloody fingers can type no more. Fantastic Fest Day One – 14 Blades, Let Me In is [...]

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Fantastic Fest 2010 has started and George Hickman is covering it for Scene-Stealers. His reviews of all the movies he can cram into one week will be published here until the genre-oriented film festival is over and his bloody fingers can type no more. “14 Blades” – Minor Rock Fist Up Fantastic Fest has begun [...]

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Movie Review: Let Me In

by Eric Melin on September 24, 2010

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Where the spooky Swedish film “Let the Right One In” was set (like John Ajvide Lindqvist‘s novel) in an economically depressed apartment complex in early-80s Stockholm, the American remake “Let Me In” paints a similarly bleak picture, taking place in dreary suburban Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1983. Writer/director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) goes further with [...]

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