Archive for March, 2010

An Irish Ghost/Love/Book Story

Posted in Review with tags , , on March 30, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

The Eclipse is a horror movie about being an old, as-of-yet unpublished author.  Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood, “Rome”) stars as a widower who helps organize a literary festival in Cobh, Ireland.  During his hectic week, he sparks a little romance, sees a couple freaky ghosts, beats up Aidan Quinn and grows as a person. Continue reading

It was a time of recklessness and nudity: Not Quite Hollywood (2008)

Posted in Catch-up with tags , , , , on March 28, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Last night I watched an entertaining documentary, Not Quite Hollywood, that covered the Aussie exploitation films of the 70s and 80s.   Initially, I was most interested to learn that Mad Max wasn’t born in a vacuum, but was rather was a particularly thrilling product of a larger film movement that catered to the tastes of drive-in audiences. Continue reading

RIP “At the Movies”

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications with tags , , , on March 25, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Well, it’s finally happened.  After 35 years of popularizing film criticism, Siskel & Ebert’s landmark series “At The Movies” will air its last show August 14th, 2010.  We give this decision a big Four-Thumbs Down.
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Why good people do bad things: Breaking Bad, season 3 premiere

Posted in Pick of the Week, Review, TV (Prime-time) with tags , , on March 24, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

“Breaking Bad”, the twisted and criminally under-watched AMC show, debuted it’s third season last week.  Judging from the first episode, “No Mas,” Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan and co. haven’t mellowed out.  Surreal, paranoid and funny, the show basks in its own bleakness. Continue reading

Children of Invention: A Stunning Debut

Posted in JAGP, Review with tags , , on March 19, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

In his first feature film, director Tze Chun weaves a powerful, understated tale about a small Chinese family’s struggles to survive and prosper in suburban Boston. With a keen photographic eye, a provocative script, and a gentle directorial touch, Children of Invention flows effortlessly from hilarious to heartbreaking, and packs a subtle political message about the American Dream that will linger long after its 86 minutes have flown by.
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Your brain is past due: Repo Men

Posted in Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Repo Men is a film about hating your job, set in a dystopian future.  In that way, it wants to be “Office Space meets Blade Runner.”  Those films are classics; unfortunately, Repo Men is not. Continue reading

Mama’s boy and the hard-boiled Detective: Mother

Posted in Pick of the Week, Review with tags , , , on March 16, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Mother, the new South Korean thriller by director Joon-ho Bong, is an instant classic.  Funny, disturbing and suspenseful, it is the best thriller in recent history (even trumping the excellent Ghost Writer).  Hye-ja Kim, playing the title character, delivers an unforgettable performance in a film that finds humor, and plot twists, in unexpected places. Continue reading