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Monthly Archives: July 2013

As an exercise in challenging the conscience and human soul, Nicolas Winding Refn’s newest outing, “Only God Forgives”, succeeds dramatically. Regarding plot and character development, though, it’s slow-building. In fact, it hardly builds at all. The characters in the film remain the same through just about the entire time. There’s no rise and fall in their arcs, just violence and… Read more »

29 July 2013 | Features, Reviews

Generally, the marketing of independent films is characterized by limited release. They are playing in a select few theaters across the country (typically in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco). Under this circumstance, many great indies are under the radar and remain unseen. Thanks to DVDs and independent film festivals like Sundance, many little-known indies got the… Read more »

28 July 2013 | Features, Film Lists

The world has an ongoing fascination with serial killers—partly out of fear, partly out of a desperate need to understand what drives such individuals. The serial killer is handled in all sorts of ways in popular culture—for example, Showtime’s hugely popular Dexter series takes us so far into the mind of a sociopath that we can empathize with him. Mostly… Read more »

27 July 2013 | Features, Film Lists

There comes an acting performance once in a good while that completely captivates anyone who views it. It doesn’t matter if the character is good, bad, nice looking, or ugly; the acting is simply out of this world and no matter who’s on the screen at that time, you can’t keep your eyes off that one actor. It’s an act… Read more »

19 July 2013 | Features, Other Lists