Movie Reviews

Screamfest LA 2014 - 'What To See'

October 14th, 2014 12:30pm EDT
Screamfest LA 2014 - 'What To See'
October, horror flicks and Halloween could only mean one thing – "Screamfest" time! That’s right fright fans, Starpulse.com is once again braving the slice and dice to cover the "14th Annual Screamfest 2014" which is taking place in Los Angeles Oct. 14 through Oct. 23 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theaters (for more info go to www.screamfestla.com) and we’re more than excited. With everything from lethal ladies to 80’s homage, this year’s crop of scary flicks looks better than ever. We’re starting off our comprehensive coverage of all things "Screamfest" (which will include reviews, interviews an...
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Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - Best Of Fest 'Wrap Up'

October 14th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 - Best Of Fest 'Wrap
This is it – end of the movie train line! Our man up north and my dedicated dad Michael Coleman unleashes his final thoughts good and bad reflecting on the "Vancouver International Film Festival 2014" – here’s his Best of Fest ‘Wrap Up’!

In their respective categories:

Altered States - Among a disappointing guilty pleasure category it was "The Incident," director Isaac Esban’s Mexican stunner that not only stole the show, but would be in the top five of my top ten films for 2014. Fan cinema at its finest, it's a cult classic in the making.

Dragons & Tigers – Without a doubt "Comi...
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The Judge is Good Film-making

October 13th, 2014 3:43pm EDT
The Judge is Good Film-making
Every now and again an absolutely perfect film comes to pass. 'The Judge' is one of those films with a star-studded, indie feel film about a prodigal son, 'The Judge' hits every single moment regarding acting, staging, cinematography, sound and script.

'The Judge' surrounds two men that seemingly parallel to each other in personality yet who covertly diverge in different ways. Robert Downey Jr. plays Hank/Henry Palmer, a stubborn, hard-edged, law-skirting defense lawyer attempting to save his even harder-edged, yet law-abiding judge father, Joseph (Robert Duvall), from a murder conviction....
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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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