Tag: Reviews

The Wolfpack

Overview: In this documentary feature, six brothers and one sister are forced to live their entire lives in a single, shared apartment, with movies provided as the only gateway beyond the walls of their confinement. Magnolia Pictures; 2015; Not Rated; 89 Minutes. Bang, Bang: The patriarch, Oscar Angulo, admiring the lifestyle of Vishnu, insisted on many children. His wife extended his bloodline onwards through six sons and one daughter. Patriarch Angulo forbade his children to step outside of their metropolitan den, but provided movies for their entertainment. Throughout childhood, the Angulo brothers engrossed themselves in movies. They painstakingly recorded each...

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I Am Big Bird

Overview: A career spanning, independent documentary feature on the life, career, and artistry of Muppeteer Caroll Spinney, specifically focusing on his Big Bird character from the children’s television program Sesame Street. Tribeca Film; 2015; Not Rated; 90 minutes. The Man: In Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker’s film on Carroll Spinney, the puppeteer, performer, and artist who is Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, the quiet beauty of the man behind two of the biggest characters in original, children’s television programming of all time is given the viewer’s full attention. In LaMattina and Walker’s film, Big Bird...

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Star Wars: Rebels Season 1 Review

Overview: An orphan on the planet Lothal joins a ragtag group of smugglers and studies the ways of the Force. 2014; Disney-ABC Domestic Television; TV-Y7; 16 Episodes. Spark of Attention: After the most recent teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens made me bawl my eyes out, I turned my attention to devouring as much Star Wars content as possible. I planned on watching The Clone Wars on Netflix before diving into Star Wars: Rebels, but the gods smiled upon me and presented every episode of Rebels online for free over the past weekend. I have officially caught up with the...

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20,000 Days on Earth

Overview: Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. 2014; Drafthouse Films; Rated R; 98 Minutes Into the Archive: I love Nick Cave (The Australian David Bowie? Discuss) and I was lucky enough to see this movie a few months ago at an Istanbul film festival in a screening full of Cave fans. 20,000 Days on Earth is a documentary with fictional elements, or a fiction movie with documentary elements, that tells the story of Nick Cave’s 20,000th Day of Earth.  Cave spends a part of the movie in his own archive looking at baby...

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North by Northwest

Overall:  A case of mistaken identity sparks one of the first and greatest supercharged action movies.  MGM/Warner Home Video; 1959; 136 Minutes. An Early Indication:  The opening credits of North by Northwest display cutting edge graphic design relative to their time.  With the letters and graphics sliding quickly in a grid-like pattern on and off the screen, they are among the first kinetic graphics utilized in a film sequence.  I’m sure that surprising movement helped prepare early viewers for a high speed spy film unlike anything that had been seen. A Star Burning Brightest:  At the plot‘s most twisted...

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