Archive for 2011

A different kind of movie going experience: The New Frontier Theatre and Miwa Matrayek’s “Dreaming of a Lucid Living” and “Myth and Infrastructure”

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

While everybody else was off to see “Pariah” or “Hobo with a Shotgun” as their first feature for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, I on the other hand took a very different route.

I am a person who isn’t afraid of exploring; so when I read the premise for “Dreaming of a Lucid Living,” I thought this would be very interesting and something I will remember. I was not wrong.

So, what exactly is Miwa Matrayek’s works about? (more…)

Sundance Film Review: Gregg Araki’s Kaboom

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Kaboom (2010)

Kaboom (2010)

Gregg Araki’s tenth film Kaboom is unapologetically funny, sexual, inappropriate, and apocalyptic.  In short, it was entertaining and pretty brilliant.  The movie is a fast-paced, sex-driven, drug-fueled, surreal, highly-stylized, live-action graphic novel about coming of age and dealing simultaneously with the stress of college and the end of the world.  If that description seems crazy or a little bit confusing, just wait until you see the film.  But throughout all of the craziness, I was thoroughly entertained, amused, amazed, and impressed.  All in all, it is a film well worth watching.  Kaboom premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and is quickly creating the same buzz here at Sundance.  (more…)

Last, Fast, Ride: Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Alex and myself interviewed Lilly Scourtis Ayers, Daneille Bernal and all of the members of the ‘Insaints’. We did the interview before their first reunion show. We are scheduled to see the film on Tuesday. It promises to be a wonderful documentary, that everyone show see.  To hear the interview, click here.

Rutger Hauer says Hi to Eckerd College: A Video Blog

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Last night a bunch of us (Hannah, David, Will, Chris, Cassia, and I) went to the Library Theater to catch the midnight premiere of Hobo With A Shotgun.  The movie, starring Rutger Hauer as the hobo, was ridiculous and awesome.  It’s gotten a distribution deal with Magnet Releasing, so if you get a chance to see it I definitely recommend it (as long as you’re not easily offended by blood, guts, profanity, or nudity).  After the film and the Q & A session with the director and cast, I got lucky enough to catch Rutger Hauer by himself just outside the theater and he was nice enough to let me get a video of him saying “Hi” to Eckerd College.  He also gave me a hug, which pretty much made my year.  He’s definitely the coolest, nicest celebrity I’ve ever met.  So here he is, Rutger Hauer, in all his awesomeness, saying hi to everyone back at Eckerd:

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Sundance Review: Hobo With A Shotgun

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Most of the time, you can describe a film with one word.  Not Hobo With A Shotgun. It’s seriously the sickest, most ridiculously brutal, and awesome film at Sundance by far.

You may not be able to guess the plot precisely from the title alone, but I’m pretty sure that whatever you imagine wouldn’t be too far from the actual truth. Basically if you take Batman and Mad Max, blend them together, you’ll have “Hobo”. The film stars Rutger Hauer, who most of you probably know best from “The Hitcher” or “Blind Fury,” but I always remember him as Roy from Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner.” Anyways, Rutger is a homeless man who rolls into a new town by train. Stowed away in a boxcar of course, he’s homeless after all; but that’s we’re the stereotype ends. (more…)

Sundance Film Review: Pariah

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

I think I’ve found a new and inviting way to enjoy films tonight. For starters I went and saw my first film ever at Sundance tonight and on one hand it didn’t feel any different from other films I’ve seen. I’ve definitely seen movies before where I’ve had to stand in long ass lines; but on the other hand this was the first film I’ve seen in a long time where I’ve known next to nothing about it. Pariah is about a girl named Alike. She has grown up her entire life in the inner projects of Brooklyn and she’s had to deal with a life altering decision: Whether or not to be herself for the sake of her own happiness. (more…)

Sundance Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Friday, January 21st, 2011

With a movie titled Martha Marcy May Marlene you would think it would be an upbeat film with an uplifting score involving four sisters who share a pair of jeans in order to stay in touch. Wrong, wrong. This psychological thriller is one of the more disturbing films I’ve seen in my life, and for no other reason that the idea that something like this movie could happen. There’s minimal violence or actual footage of gory, coarse scenes. However it still had this profound effect on me that in the end I didn’t even bother to wait once the credits began to roll, I needed to get out of the theatre and back out into beautiful sunny Park City.

Martha and her sister

Martha (left) and her sister

The premise is about a woman who is brainwashed and convinced into living with and becoming a slave to this bum, redneck cult who specialize in womanizing, subtle rape, and abuse. Often referred to as Marcy May, and Marlene (Elizabeth Olsen) by this cult there are disturbing scenes involving the cult leader having nonconsensual sex with all of the 10-15 women who live there at some point as an semi-initiation. Other scenes include some members of the “family,” as they refer to themselves, participating in home invasion, theft, and sometimes murder. (more…)

What is Independent film?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

When looking for the answers to what independent film is, you look to other people or books. Yet sometimes the answer is right there in front of you.

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