October 2013

What happens when you watch John Cassavetes: Five Films, the new Blu-ray set from The Criterion Collection, is a deeper appreciation for a writer/director who was interested in telling stories about people.

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The Kansas City Art Institute and Alamo Drafthouse have joined forces to bring you Film School, a weekly student curated film series. This week – (1963) – Sunday, November 3rd.

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Inevitability is a theme that is foreshadowed, warned about, and then played out in grisly fashion throughout The Counselor, which is crammed with so much nihilistic philosophizing that it makes the fatalistic tirades of Killing Them Softly seem like Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Blu-ray picks up the deep reds and blues that populate so many of the shots and displays them in breathtaking high definition. When coupled with the film’s penchant for brutality, the result can be as terrifying as it is alienating.

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We had a contest for Scene-Stealers sitegoers to create their own JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA GIFs to win tickets to tonight’s advance screening of the movie, which opens wide (pun?) this Friday. As usual, our awesome readers rose to the occasion (another pun?) with some pretty funny stuff, so here’s the Top 6 Scene-Stealers JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA GIFs:

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The Kansas City Art Institute and Alamo Drafthouse have joined forces to bring you Film School, a weekly student curated film series. This week – Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Saturday, October 26th.

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How does one make lines upon lines of computer code exciting to the eye? Director Bill Condon doesn’t know either, and can show you in The Fifth Estate.

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We’re back, live via Skype recording. This week, Eric, Trevan and Trey look at The Fifth Estate, the Wikileaks story courtesy of director Bill Condon. Then, they move on to discuss Carrie, the horror remake courtesy of the director of Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss.We’ve also got a new poll: What is the best horror remake since the year 2000?

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Like most modern remakes, few of the character motivations remain ambiguous. It isn’t a deal-killer, but the script fills in too many of the blanks of the original with clearly drawn lines that lessen the film’s visceral impact.

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The Kansas City Art Institute and Alamo Drafthouse have joined forces to bring you Film School, a weekly student curated film series. This week – Eraserhead (1977) – Saturday, October 19th.

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Catherine Hardwicke ‘s new movie Plush, out on DVD this week, is another overheated melodrama in the vein of Twilight, but with even worse music and tons of actual sex, rather than characters just obsessing over the prospect of it.

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This week, Eric and Trevan argue over Captain Philips while Trey talks about Blue Caprice. Then, they all come together to celebrate Alfonso Cuarón’s excellent Gravity.

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Ultimately, the film is too long and doesn’t hold up the tension or danger long enough. Hanks lends his Phillips some emotional heft, but the typical heroics of the Hollywood thriller seem out of place in this style of presentation.

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This is Machete as a comic book character, rather than just one tough hombre. He’s gone full Superman here — nothing can kill him. This Machete belongs in the kid’s toy section next to the Robocop and Predator action figures that somehow crossed over from R-rated movies to Saturday morning cartoons.

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The first 30 people to create a unique BAD GRANDPA gif from the trailer of the movie will win two passes each!

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