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Super-Duper 8!

Jun 16, 2011
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Super-Duper 8!

Two weeks ago I introduced a new segment called, “Judge A Movie By It’s Trailer”. The first trailer I judged was for the movie, “Super 8”. My conclusion was that this was going to be a freakin’ awesome film. Read More »

Where the “Rubber” meets the celluloid

Jun 11, 2011
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Where the “Rubber” meets the celluloid

What would you do if you saw a car-tire come to life and murder people by telekinetically exploding their heads? Ya, purchase I know, urticaria as if that would ever happen, right? Well, it does happen in the horror/comedy, Rubber.

We start with a man holding dozens of binoculars in the middle of the desert. A car pulls up, the trunk opens and out comes a man dressed in a sheriff’s outfit. He walks towards the camera and delivers a pointed monologue that sets up what this movie is really all about. Read More »

“Resurrect Dead: the mystery of the Toynbee tiles”

“Resurrect Dead: the mystery of the Toynbee tiles”

Have you ever heard of the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles? Me neither. That is until I saw, there Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. This quirky documentary was featured at Toronto’s Hotdocs festival 2011. The subject matter is bizarre. Justin Duerr, pharm the central figure of the film, clinic is obsessed with an ever-growing population (in the thousands) of handmade tiles fixed onto the streets of major cities throughout North and South America. It’s not quite as epic as crop circles but it’s the same idea. While this largely overlooked phenomenon seems easily dismissed, the film-makers manage to draw the audience into this strange mystery with intensity and glee.

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The King’s Sp-p-p-peech

May 23, 2011
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The King’s Sp-p-p-peech

2010 was a good year for Hollywood. There was “Black Swan”, order “Social Network”, advice “Inception” and many more exceptional films. But one stood out head and shoulders above the rest. For only one can be crowned Best Picture at the Oscar’s and only one actor can be deemed Best Actor at the Golden Globe’s. The King’s Speech took both those honours and many more. In fact, surgeon the Academy gave this film 12 nominations and 4 awards (the most coveted ones, at that). So, as it has recently processioned it’s way into the DVD market, I felt it fit (for a king) to review this, the most celebrated of last year’s films.

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“I Am Jesus”

“I Am Jesus”

Believe it or not, side effects there are many people on the earth today claiming to be Jesus, visit this site the Son of God. Seriously (http://bit.ly/bamh). “I am Jesus” is an unusual documentary that looks at three distinct men, spread across the globe, all claiming to be the second coming of Christ.

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“Better This World”

“Better This World”

This stunning documentary pulls us deep into the broken US justice system fuelled by post-9/11 paranoia. We learn of two young men, ambulance best friends, David McKay and Brad Crowder. Like many young Americans they were disillusioned with the Bush government and it’s crimes against justice, both at home and abroad. Back in the mid-2000’s these two guys were struggling to find a voice, looking for real ways to make a change in the world. They saw their own government engaged in multiple, unjust wars and disregarding the poor of America. They wanted justice and freedom for all.

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HOTDOCS festival 2011

HOTDOCS festival 2011

Hey folks, capsule

I’m so excited! This week is the biggest and brightest documentary film festival in North America…Toronto’s “HotDocs”! What a great film fest. I’m loving it!!!

I will be posting my reviews of all the documentaries that I am checking out at this festival. Monday night I got out to see an intense and buzz-worthy documentary from the USA called, “Better This World”. I also checked out the experimental, Danish film, “Empire North”. Stay tuned for my review postings of both those films this week.

And if you’re a fan of documentaries, make sure to spread the word to your social network. I’m excited about sharing my thoughts on many of the up-and-coming documentaries from around the globe.

Craig the Critic

I Like You Phillip Morris!

Apr 24, 2011
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I Like You Phillip Morris!

Overlooked by theatre-goers, shop I Love You Phillip Morris recently came out on DVD and is quite the popular rental. This true-life “romantic-comedy” has Carrey playing a gay con-man. While in prison he falls in love with the young and naive, there Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Let me tell you, these two actors play gay really, really well.

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“A Clockwork Orange”

Apr 11, 2011
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“A Clockwork Orange”

"How 'bout a lil' ultra-violence?

Well, link it’s been many a years since I’ve watched this Stanley Kubrick film. I decided to watch it again and review it as it was chosen by the DeFranco Nation Movie Club for this week picks. Man…it’s…disturbing. Seriously.

While it’s obviously dated, physician this ground-breaking film is to be commended for its stylish approach, injection the tackling of  justice vs. rehabilitation and a raw look into the mind of a sociopath. To hear more of my ultra-brilliant ramblings, click on the video below and enjoy. Don’t forget to make comments and, for Kubrick’s sake, subscribe already!

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“Chloe”

Mar 30, 2011
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"Yikes...that look can't be good for anyone."

So, medications day 14 of the DeFranco Nation Movie Club had me watching Atom Egoyan’s erotic thriller, search “Chloe”.

Starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and the stunning Amanda Seyfried, we find ourselves in the midst of a bizarre love triangle that twists and turns slowly through a maze of distrust and betrayal.

Check out my video response to Philip DeFranco’s review. I didn’t like what he had to say http://bit.ly/eWgLra

So, check out my thoughts and compare. Let me know what you think.