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    Sundance Review: 'I Am Michael' starring James Franco
    If it's Sundance, then James Franco probably has two or three movies there and this year is no different. When not indulging in stoner comedies with his pals, Franco's drive as an indie filmmaker and actor has seen him exploring themes of...
  • Jennifer Aniston in CAKE
    'Cake' review: Jennifer Aniston gets messy in poorly written drama
    You may have heard a little about Jennifer Aniston's bid for an Oscar nomination. She gained fifteen pounds and went without makeup to make her look more haggard. It is a very transformative role for the actress most recognized for her Rachel...
  • Strange Magic
    Strange Magic: movie review
    There was a time that “From the mind of George Lucas” was a good thing. Say what you will about the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the original three films have more than stood the test of time. And this is also the guy who gave us...
  • Mortdecai
    Mortdecai: movie review
    Well, that’s it-- Johnny Depp, as an actor, is officially dead to me. Sure, he had some fun moments as Captain Jack Sparrow, and I’ll always consider 21 Jump Street (the TV series, not the movie) my second home, but you could argue it...
  • Going Into Musical Overdrive With Sunset Overdrive's Composer Boris Salchow
    Going Into Musical Overdrive With Sunset Overdrive's Composer Boris Salchow
    Who exactly is Boris Salchow? He isn't a household name or a composer that most collectors or soundtrack fans would immediately think of or who's name would roll off the tip of their tongue. Boris is a composer who's been in the game...
  • 'Spy' red band trailer #1 overview and commentary
    'Spy' red band trailer #1 overview and commentary
    Trailer Watch is a first reaction viewing of the featured trailer (by me) where I give some light commentary and opinions on it. Trailers are a big deal, they are the first real impression a movie has on people and can have a huge impact on its...
  • Composer Craig Safan Celebrates The Last Starfighter & Warning Sign
    Composer Craig Safan Celebrates The Last Starfighter & Warning Sign
    A composers' career can go as far as a single or a few memorable themes or entire scores that they write. Those scores then become synonmous with that person and their legacy is built and treasured from that moment forward.Craig Safan was an...
  • Second annual 'Day of the Scream Queens' returns to Dark Delicacies in Burbank
    Second annual 'Day of the Scream Queens' returns to Dark Delicacies in Burbank
    If there's one thing horror film fans love, it's the scream queen. That one character in a movie that can amp up a scene with an ear-splitting yell that either signals their ultimate demise or the beginning of an epic attack on the film&...
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    Sundance Review: Thematically-Rich, Engrossing 'Z for Zachariah'
    In 2012 Craig Zobel 's impressive but difficult to endure directorial debut Compliance looked with dim-colored glasses at the ways power can be used to control others. His follow-up, the sci-fi flavored Z for Zachariah also looks at authority,...
  • Alien Rising sci-fi thriller
    Alien Rising, Sci-Fi Thriller, released this week on DVD
    Dana Schroeder's new sci-fi thriller, "Alien Rising," was released this week. With a star-studded cast featuring genre favorite Lance Henriksen ("The Terminator," "Aliens"), Brian Krause ("Charmed," ...
  • Joe Franklin
    New York radio and television host Joe Franklin has died.
    Joe Franklin’s ideas in the talk show format for radio and variety show format for television have become standards. His love of vintage showbiz history was legendary. His popularity extended well beyond his New York base. Joe Franklin died...
  • 'The Poseidon Adventure': Classic disaster movie still sails
    'The Poseidon Adventure': Classic disaster movie still sails
    Repeated viewings of any classic flick add depth to the overall viewing experience. Fans of 'The Poseidon Adventure' know that this 1972 movie, which starred Gene Hackman 'Reverend Scott', Ernest Borgnine 'Rogo', Stella...
  • Slamdance 2015 Director Anna Germanidi
    Slamdance 2015: Democratic Filmmakers in Action in Park City
    Once called "Anarchy in Utah," Slamdance remains true to its roots 20 years later. As co-founder Peter Baxter and festival director Anna Germanidi pointed out during a recent phone interview, no one really knows what they are going to...
  • Paddington
    Movie review: 'Paddington'
    “Paddington” is an instant family classic. That’s not usually a term I believe in applying to a movie I just watched for the first time an hour ago, but it’s true. There’s a timelessness about the movie that is rare...
  • ‘Mortdecai’ mortifyingly banal
    ‘Mortdecai’ mortifyingly banal
    What happens when shyster art collector and dealer Lord Mortdecai finds himself with four days left to pay off all his debts or wind up losing all his possessions and his way of life? Add into this that at same time an art dealer is killed while...