Movie Review JOHN WICK

Keanu ReevesAh…the Keanu Reeves paradox confronts us once again! I’m going to call it like it is (as usual) and say out loud that Keanu Reeves is not a particularly good actor. This should come as no revelation to anyone. His range is about one inch, his voice modulation is, uh, nil, and his ability to emote is…well…let’s just skip ahead. And yet…audiences flock to his films, just like I do. So what’s that about? Post MATRIX series he has straddled the film world in both big-budget gunslingers and idiosyncratic indies. He has become a Continue reading

Movie Review MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN

la_ca_0901_men_women_and_childrenSometimes it’s the films that seem so normal, so much about people just like us, which are the ones which render us completely incapacitated. Movies whose characters are people  each of us knows, and who are all little bit ourselves as well. To make us look at ourselves, as though looking in a mirror, our own unconscious drives and resulting actions, the things we do in private that we Continue reading

Movie Review A GOOD MARRIAGE

A-Good-MarriageIs there a more portentous event to commence a thriller than an anniversary party celebrating a long married perfect, happy, couple? Adoring children and friends, an envious single neighbor and other well wishers gather to toast Bob and Darcy, fulfilled, attractive and still in love after 25 years. A GOOD MARRIAGE, from the master of all storytellers Stephen King is about marriage and discordance: There is more to us than we allow those we love, and who in turn love us, to know. Even those we believe we Continue reading

Movie Review TUSK

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Kevin Smith is a filmmaker who, like some others, has a look and attitude all his own.  I have found his work at times to be utterly juvenile and self-absorbed, like he’s doing you the favor of being let in on a private joke (albeit one you may not really get) and other times to display fiercely accurate and cutting social commentary. Billed as a horror film, TUSK does in fact have some merit in telling a twisted tale of Continue reading

Movie Review THE DROP

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THE DROP leads you to believe, from its trailer, cast and poster, not to mention the curriculum vitae of it’s accomplished screenwriter Dennis Lehane, that it is a shoot-em-up gangster-esque movie. Or maybe more of a neighborhood mob movie. It is however, in actuality, a character study. It is about identity, one’s haunting past, and what we so desperately want to believe ourselves to be. Much like the excellent and highly underrated Continue reading

Movie Review THE MAZE RUNNER

Maze RunnerAdapted from a young adult novel like so many movies of late, THE MAZE RUNNER, to its credit, has a noticeable lack of zombies, vampires or the anguish of true love. So, you ask, what does it have? It has an intriguing story of survival, belief, and the very adult reality of having to live with ambiguity. One feature of the film which is unheard of, not only for the YA genre but in general, is an almost complete absence of Continue reading

Short Film Review BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE

Short films, especially good ones, are like a perfect filet mignon. It may not be the biggest cut but if it’s cooked with skill every ounce of it is juicy and delicious. Short film can tell a story without any distractions or filler. For that reason alone many short films are some of my most memorable film experiences. Shorts rarely get venues other than film festivals at which to be seen and that is a tragedy. BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE is more than a visual one liner. It is a compact, surprising take on a classic noir concept turned 21st Century. In stark black and white filmed to take advantage of the gray scale’s incredible contrast and ability to convey mood, filmmaker Tom Parkin has given us 6:16 of twist on what we think we know and have all figured out in a time-honored narrative. With shots that gradually bring us so tight we feel we can breathe the sexually infused air between partners, to a stunning night car scene which blinds and then blankets us in velvety darkness the cinematography amplifies the story perfectly and adds drama beyond the dialogue. Jake Suffian, Erin Kelly and David Coile bring to life characters we feel we know – we live next door to them, work with them, they are REAL and that is part of what makes this short work so well.

See BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE here…spend the $1 to support this work of art and its filmmaker. It’s cheaper and has a better kick than a shot of espresso! Enjoy…

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Director: Tom Parkin
Starring: Jake Suffian, Erin Kelly, David Coile
Rating: no rating but female nuditity, violence and mature dialogue
Running Time: 6:16

Short Film Review Bizarre Love Triangle

Interview Jason Stone

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Released August 29th in theaters, THE CALLING, director Jason Stone’s first feature length film, is a taught, smart and noteworthy mystery thriller. Lacking the usual shock value tactics of films in the genre, it lures you with its intelligence and quiet but deeply unsettling suspense. Beautiful sequences unfold which build the story, and right where you fear it may become predictable it turns another corner with grace and skill. With a phenomenally cast group of actors, a few more familiar to American audiences than others, we are led into the cold desolate existence of Port Dundis and of our protagonist Hazel Micallef – Susan Sarandon as you’ve never seen her before. Stone shows skill far beyond his experience and it was a tremendous pleasure and opportunity to speak with him last week. PLEASE NOTE: there are some spoilers in this interview. Proceed with caution if you have not seen the film.

Cinemynx: Let me start by saying that I have seen the film twice, and I really really love it. I liked it after the first viewing, but it grew even more, with its nuances, and the intelligence of the film grew on me even more after the second time. It is really an intelligent film.

Jason Stone: Thank you!

C: I think that’s a rare commodity these days. It can be hard to tell when someone adapts a novel for the screen how much is yours, as the director, how much came from the novel by Inger Ash Wolf, and how much came from your cast. Could you please speak to that and what drew you to the project? Continue reading

Movie Review THE TRIP TO ITALY

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THE TRIP TO ITALY is sumptuous, delicious, and most of all hilariously funny. Not funny in a “British” way, but legitimately uproariously funny. It is a film that is ostensibly about food, but in actuality is about male friendship, movies, intimate relationships and a little bit about food. That is, in fact, one of the funniest aspects of the film; it is filled with incredible looking food – meals which are the raison d’être of the entire journey – chefs and sous chefs slaving away in Italian kitchens, gorgeous sea creatures and handmade pastas – and yet the men barely mention the food itself. This movie is a follow up to 2010’s THE TRIP as well as Continue reading

Movie Review Sin City: A Dame To Die For

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I tend to be suspect of films based on comic books. Even when they’re called graphic novels. I didn’t read comic books as a kid, nor do I read them now, even if they’re called graphic novels. I want to – I want to be that cool but I’m not. I do dig Wolverine though…but I wasn’t really crazy about the first SIN CITY film. It was way cool to watch. And I do have a thing for Benicio Del Toro…Welcome to my internal dialogue heading into SIN CITY: A DAME TO DIE FOR. It is much like the internal dialogue which opens the film with a Continue reading