Movie Reviews

Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael's Final Reviews'

October 13th, 2014 12:22pm EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael's Final Re
Time’s almost up for the great Northern film critic – and my proud papa – Michael Coleman and his movie ridden time at the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014." So in a final review filled article here’s a few last notable movie nuggets reviewed for your future film pleasure. Take it away daddyo!

DRAGONS & TIGERS

"Coming Home" – Boy, was I right when I chose this one early on as one of my must sees. Director Zhang Yimou’s third collaboration with Gong Li is as stunning as their first two. Cinema at its best, "Coming Home" reveals a story of a wife broken by the Chinese Cul...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Brain Damage'

October 10th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Brain Damage'
The famed Frank Henenlotter Halloween slime train is now running at full horror speed, which is fitting this week as there is a suspicious slug on board…welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week we pluck from obscurity a terror tale that some Henenlotter fans proclaim is the exploitation filmmaker at his very best. It’s the simple story of a boy who meets a mutant parasite and the two develop a questionable friendship. Brains, blood, bright colors, deep blue water and goop coming out of your ear – watch out for "Brain Damage!"

Brian is an average guy with not much that makes him sp...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael Vs. Flicks On The Wild Side'

October 9th, 2014 12:39pm EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'Michael Vs. Flicks
Seems my dear old dad Michael Coleman has been dipping his cinematic feet in some dark waters this week as evidenced by the review of some of the more somber films via the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more info!). Taking on everything from slasher flicks to tales of bitter and vengeful severed hands, here are Michael’s reviews of films that walk on the wild side!

ALTERED STATES

"Housebound" - "Housebound" is a flick that starts out slow, daring and tempting you to leave. But hang in there as the seemingly ...
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Review: 'ABC's Of Death 2' A Far Superior Sequel

October 7th, 2014 1:25pm EDT
Review: 'ABC's Of Death 2' A Far Superior Sequel
Since the new horror outing "ABC’s Of Death 2," the sequel to the so-so first flick, is quite a unique movie animal (twenty-six directors and stories!) this review is gonna be a tad different as well. We’re gonna give an overview on the film, followed by sections titled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for some of the various segments – you get the picture.

OVERVIEW

Compared to the first film, "ABC’s Of Death 2" is a far superior sequel. With much more of an even tone, a ton more fun and featuring more highly memorable horror segments, the sequel looks and feels like someone was invol...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'More Michael Reviews'

October 7th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'More Michael Revie
We’re putting cinematic chains on the Canadian snow train that is the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more details!) to keep the movies reels rolling at full steam. Again here’s my dad and movie mentor Michael Coleman with more reviews of the latest!

CANADIAN IMAGES

"Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" - This documentary will surprise you. Taking a page out of Morgan Spurlock’s book on trying to survive on questionable food, here the premise is six months on discarded food. No spoilers, but I will say is that th...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Basket Case'

October 3rd, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Basket Case'
It’s October and that means all hallows eve is upon us. So in keeping with the scary holiday season we’re dedicating this month to all things horror and Henenlotter – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! First up on the B-movie Director Frank Henenlotter October terror train is a glimpse into his first work of art. A nasty nugget about a pair of brothers out seeking justice for some wrong doing that befell them both – a surgical procedure they didn’t want. Oh yeah and did I forget to mention that one lives in a big wicker basket? We’re hitting Halloween hard and fast with the 1982 camp c...
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Review: Too Many Twists And Turns Riddle 'Open Windows'

October 3rd, 2014 11:15am EDT
Review: Too Many Twists And Turns Riddle 'Open Windows'
On his first feature "Timecrimes," filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo showed how using intelligence and creativity could overcome budget constraints to make a memorable film. In his second "Extraterrestial," the filmmaker sadly abandoned such previous story joy in lieu of pretentious characters and bad dialogue that was void of any and all enjoyment. Vigalondo’s third feature is the new film titled "Open Windows" and while it’s nowhere near as unpleasant as his second subpar flick, it still doesn’t reach the inventive heights of his first time out.

Nick Chambers is a timid and meek guy who spends...
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Review: Unforgettable Rosamund Pike Gives Mediocre 'Gone Girl' The Goods

October 2nd, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Review: Unforgettable Rosamund Pike Gives Mediocre 'Gone Girl' T
It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in a dark theater in awe of the visceral visuals of a young David Fincher. The original demented mind behind such heart stopping work as "Seven," "Fight Club," "The Game" and even to a certain extent "Panic Room" seemed to be a new brash and bold voice in film that was able to have his stylistic cake and eat it too. But lately as Fincher has mellowed and matured, there’s been a desire to merely just tell the story minus pomp and circumstance and in the case of his latest outing "Gone Girl" it seems as though the trend of adding signature style is...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'First Weekend Reviews'

October 2nd, 2014 11:20am EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - 'First Weekend Revi
Continuing our coverage of flicks being shown up north via the ongoing "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" taking place Sept. 25 through Oct. 10 (go to www.viff.org for more details!) here’s old man (and my film knowledge ridden papa!) Michael Coleman with his first wave of reviews – check them out below!

CINEMA OF OUR TIME

"Two Step" - A simmering low-budget indie, Alex R. Johnson’s thriller reels you in slowly then sets the hook with scorching precision done with distinctive cinematic masterstrokes. A conman, played by James Landry Hebert in a tour de force performance, ge...
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Review: Thoughtful 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Is Araki's Masterpiece

September 30th, 2014 4:30pm EDT
Review: Thoughtful 'White Bird In A Blizzard' Is Araki's Masterp
I’ve always been a fan of the style and poised potential of bold indie filmmaker Gregg Araki. Whether the wild abandon vibe of "The Doom Generation" or the youthful hopelessness of "Mysterious Skin," Araki’s voice certainly stands out in all he undertakes. But now matched with an notable cast all delivering their best work, pitch perfect subject matter and a story befitting his slow and substantial sensibility, Araki’s latest titled "White Bird In A Blizzard" might just be his masterpiece. A coming of age tale meshed with a Lynch-like infused murder mystery proves to be just the material...
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