Jessica Chastain

Out on Blu-ray and DVD now are two of the best movies of last year whose names you didn’t hear at the Oscars. Despite Michael Shannon’s powerhouse lead performance in the psychological suspense drama ‘Take Shelter,’ he was somehow left out of the Best Actor race. ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is also anchored by an incredibly soulful performance not nominated for an Oscar.


One of the best films of 2011, ‘Take Shelter’ features an impressive performance from Michael Shannon and is assured, exciting filmmaking.


Two of the best movies of the year are out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and although each explores the human condition, they couldn’t be farther from each other in approach.


Movie Review: The Debt

by Eric Melin on September 2, 2011

in Video Reviews

This review originally appeared on KTKA-TV and KSNT-TV, Kansas First News. Helen Mirren headlines an excellent ensemble cast in “The Debt,” a remake of a 2007 Israeli thriller about three Mossad agents hunting for a Nazi war criminal in East Berlin in 1965. Those same agents, played by different actors in 1997 Tel Aviv, deal with […]


As a mediocre to dismal summer for films marked by remakes, reboots, and revisits comes to a close, “The Debt,” a movie chock full of the familiar – international espionage, maniacal Nazis, and beautiful counteragents – arrives in theaters. Can three Israeli operatives stationed in East Germany to hunt a notorious war criminal save the […]


Eric’s review was posted here already, but I watched “The Tree of Life” this past weekend and was also inspired to write this review: Watching “The Tree of Life,” one sentence kept recurring to me: “Humility is appropriate.” Is that statement with regard to writer and director Terrence Malick? Maybe, but given that he doesn’t […]

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We are bombarded by moving images in every facet of our lives. There are video screens everywhere. The way in which audio and video are cut together in ads, TV shows, and online marketing these days has created a contemporary film language that’s like shorthand to us. It takes very little effort on our part […]