2012

Hey-o! A late post for the podcast this week. Sorry about that. This week, Trey talks The Host, while Trevan and Eric talk G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Gatekeepers. Lastly, Eric takes on On The Road on his own.

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The very compelling documentary ‘The Gatekeepers’ opens in Kansas City this weekend. Here’s a review of ‘The Gatekeepers’ from the recent True/False Festival!

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It’s a U.K.-produced crime caper that’s neither funny nor thrilling, and it is frustratingly, singlemindedly bent on cheap thrills and faux-clever dialogue and situations that are so contrived and hackneyed that Troy Duffy probably threw them out while making Boondock Saints II:All Saints Day.

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Two very funny comedies with their share of darkness and razor-sharp insight into adult relationships are now out on Blu-ray.

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I’m Now stays focused on Mudhoney. While Nirvana, Pearl Jam, et al are mentioned, it’s only when they’re pertinent to the narrative. At no point do the directors attempt to make this a more commercial film by making it about Mudhoney’s more well-known contemporaries.

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The comedy Small Apartments and the magical realist comedy-drama Chicken With Plums, out now on DVD, walk the line between narrative coherency and surrealism, even though both are grounded in the real world.

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True/False 2013: Leviathan is the most metal documentary you will ever watch about commercial fishing. Winter Go Away! is an impressive array of journalism and good filmmaking.

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Thursday is True/False Film Fest’s official opening, but Friday is when Columbia, Missouri’s surprising gem of a festival really gets the party kicked into high gear.

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Kill For Me devolves into a series of twists, each more inexplicable and illogical than the last, as Hailey’s true motives become harder to discern as she goes to extreme lengths to blackmail her roommate and lover into helping Hailey seduce and kill her abusive father

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The credit for the warm undertones beneath the anguish should go to Haneke’s extraordinary actors, whose own life experience is on display here. It is key to the movie’s success that the upperclass Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) have a rich past together, especially since only glimpses of it are actually referred to in Haneke’s efficient, clear-eyed screenplay. It is this economy of theme paired with the subtle richness of character that make Amour so powerful.

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A movie this complicated, this layered, and this far-out absolutely deserves a full-on DVD/Blu-ray package chock full of informative extras that illuminate the themes from the film.

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Co-written by and starring Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones, Celeste and Jesse Forever is a romantic comedy that starts out with the premise that most romcoms ends with — and works backwards.

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Two 2012 films that should have gotten more attention in their theatrical releases (the cop drama ‘End of Watch’ and Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’) are out now on Blu-ray.

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‘Rust and Bone’ sinks its hooks into you and forces you to follow these characters, which are so strange, so alien, and also wholly familiar.

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Eric, Trey and Trevan talk about two new releases (Mama and Broken City), discuss disappointments and pleasant surprises of The Golden Globes and The Critics Choice Awards before speculating on The Oscars, and finally recap some of their favorite moments from 2012 in film. Subscribe to The Scene-Stealers Podcast on iTunes or our RSS. Also, check it out! Here’s [...]

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