October 2012

Looking for something different to rent? A concert documentary from one of rock’s icons and a classic romantic film are out on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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‘Cloud Atlas’ is an overly constructed sprawl of a film that lacks affect because of its flat characters and its fixation with dumbed-down philosophy.

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Like any go-for-broke cinematic experience, in order for ‘Cloud Atlas’ to work its magic on you, it requires a certain amount of faith.

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Yeah, I know it’s been awhile! We don’t do video reviews too often anymore, but this movie inspired a lot of discussion — 14 minutes worth.

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When critics talk about classics from the new millennium, they often mention ‘In the Mood for Love.’ Besides sporting slick, futuristic art direction and striking cinematography, there’s also a lot to chew on philosophically in ‘Prometheus.’

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Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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Near Dark’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, would go on to become the first female recipient of the Academy Award for Best Director in motion picture history for The Hurt Locker.

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Alex Cross is a bad movie that aspires to be a mediocre movie, only to fail even at that modest goal — in spectacular fashion.

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Top 10 Essential Rock Movies

by Eric Melin on October 16, 2012

in Top 10s

Today’s Top 10 of the most essential movies about rock music was written by Chicago-based DJ Meghan Brozanic aka DJ Gloria Vanderbilt

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Justin Pierre on ‘True Romance’: I wrote out the entire screenplay by hand over the course of a few days while pausing the VCR every few seconds and then acted out all the parts during the daytime in my room when my roommates were at work.

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Butter carving most places would be considered kitsch art, but at the Iowa State Fair, it’s as serious as it comes.

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Two classic movies are new out on Blu-ray now. One is a family film from the 80s and the other is a restored version of an award-winning world cinema masterpiece.

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‘Sinister’ is part psychological horror, part ghost story, and part subversion of the entire found-footage concept.

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Seven Psychopaths is one of those comedies where a bunch of low-life criminals go around cracking wise and shooting people. Or at least it seems to be some sort of “Tarantino-lite” movie, for a little while.

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There’s not a lot of real depth to the characters since this is an ensemble piece and every person gets just a little screen time and serves a distinct storytelling purpose, but Affleck gets winning performances out of all his actors.

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