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DVD REVIEW: God’s Pocket (John Slattery – 2014)

John Slattery’s (Roger Sterling from Mad Men) strange and darkly humorous debut centres on a little town known as God’s Pocket and the tribal justice that keeps balance in their little stagnant puddle of the world.

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DVD REVIEW: 42 (Brian Helgeland – 2013)

42 stands out because unlike many films in recent memory, it hinges upon a single dramatic centerpiece to elevate the rest of the film; and that scene is absolutely spectacular.

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REVIEW: SON OF BATMAN (Ethan Spaulding – 2014)

… director Ethan Spaulding and writer James Bobinson have the unfortunate task of taking massive liberties with Grant Morrison’s sensational comic book run Batman and Son and squeeze its square peg into the round hole that is Son of Batman.

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DVD REVIEW: The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance – 2012)

The Place Beyond the Pines is a heart-wrenching epic poem that quashes the delusion that sons won’t be affected by the actions of their fathers.

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DVD REVIEW: Hemingway & Gellhorn (Phillip Kaufman – 2012)

Hemingway and Gellhorn suffers because the story of a woman not wanting to be the footnote in her partner’s career, whose message inadvertently becomes the footnote in a meandering mess of a biopic.

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DVD REVIEW: Life Without Principle

Money is the root of all evil, as three people with nothing in common will discover. The only thing connecting them all is a bag containing 5 million dollars… and their desperate need for cash. This is the synopsis on the back of the DVD for Life without Principle that I hold in my hand. Although it is an exciting premise, Johnnie To’s financial narrative is far more complex and identifiable than this genre-centric description. Although Life Without Principle is set in Hong Kong it is actually an overview of…

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DVD REVIEW: Lan Kwai Fong

In the words of the vacuous mumbling hopeless hip-hop lyrics in the background “O.M.G., you’re so pre-t-ty” and frankly, if this sentence grabs or moves you in any positive way you should buy ten copies of this ‘film.’ For anyone else expect 90 minutes of unpleasant pointless inane half-assed sexiness confined to the prison of a mediocre nightclub and the lives of some truly awful douchebags, hardly a recommendation, but you are probably having fun regarding my snarky tone that you should probably read on.   The events, because story…

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REVIEW: Revenge: A Love Story (DVD)

Being a film within the extreme cinema genre, there are genre expectations of course but director Ching-Po Wong offers us a surprising depth that a lot of these films lack. In Revenge, the bad guy avoids being one particular brand of cop or criminal but instead seems to be masculinity. (I use that term very loosely with purely negative connotations.)

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