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42 One Dream Rush (2010)

An omnibus of short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.

Tears Film is a remarkable medium. The broad class of storytelling and related emotional invocation is similarly broad. Watching these affirms my commitment to something else: long form cinema. These are short form, about a minute or so. Some are by well known filmmakers, including some I...


Published February 4, 2024
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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016)
Welcome to Sherlock 1895!
Crime
Drama
Mystery
TV Movie

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves in 1890s London in this holiday special.

What is written writes itself I can’t say enough good things about this. Let’s start with what it is not. It is not rewarding long form filmmaking. It is TeeVee, and despite the rush of talent into TeeVee series, and their ability to engage, this will...


Published February 4, 2024
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Fish & Cat (2013)
The circles of time! Is it possible to escape?
Director: Shahram Mokri
Thriller
Drama
Mystery

A group of students travel to a remote region to participate in a kite-flying event. Next to their camp by the lakeside, they find a restaurant with cooks that treat the students with suspicion. Bizarre events lead to a complicated situation, from which the students cannot escape.

Wandering, not Wondering Gosh I live in such rich disappointment. When I encounter someone who naturally understands cinema and who has the potential to affect me, I want him/her to. I want love to follow beauty. This is an extraordinary film, unique in my experience. It happens...


Published February 4, 2024
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The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Little Arms With Big Attitude
Director: Peter Sohn
Adventure
Animation
Family

An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Background as Foreground I follow certain filmmakers in a way unlike any other relationship. If they have worked well for me at least once, they become a permanent part of my life, not friends or family because I give nothing back. When they try and fail,...


Published February 4, 2024
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Eye in the Sky (2015)
Welcome to the new front line
Drama
Thriller
War

A UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” As American pilot Steve Watts is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of US and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Three Distances My notion of noir is the communication in a film story that the audience is the writer of the world, a world designed to satisfy our urges. Innocent victims are manipulated through coincidence and love. Since Welles, we’ve seen a great many variations and...


Published February 3, 2024
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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
Our greatest threat is our only hope.
Action
Horror
Science Fiction

In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into thoughtless, flesh-eating monsters. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity.

Film as Virus to Fight Us Zombie films have always been about social analogy: AIDS, immigration, Islam!, climate change, AI revolt. Regardless, it is always followed the western form of good guys, bad guys. Always. This one twists that from the very first moments which focuses...


Published February 3, 2024
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Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984)
Director: Giorgi Ovashvili
Crime
Drama
Mystery

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

The Switch Detective mysteries are one of the most lavishly adventuresome experiences in literature, if one is interested in how narratives are constructed. The contract between reader and writer is rather complex, often involving virtual contracts with some of the characters as well. Christie is a...


Published February 1, 2024
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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Nick is leaving. Beth is staying. Carol is waiting. Sid is painting.
Drama
Romance

Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic attentions of Sid, a local housepainter.

Drifting Love Sometimes — and I think it is often with sculptural films — the essence of the movie is concentrated in a few elements. There is a lot of surrounding story here, but it is there for only two things. These are things that need...


Published February 1, 2024
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Boarding Gate (2007)
She's losing control again.
Director: Olivier Assayas
Thriller
Drama

A sordid and complex series of events unfolds when an ex-prostitute becomes involved with a couple in Hong Kong.

Asia’s Tectonics Two things are interesting about the film. The first and most discussed is the actress, Asia Argento. She and Beatrice Dalle are similar I think. They both have the quality of fearless commitment - like Emily Watson in "Breaking the Waves" and never afterward. They...


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Blue Ridge (2014)
A rural tale of love and hate
Director: Vince Sweeney

Paranoid and unpredictable, J.T. lives a solitary life of used tires and decaying trailers. Despite his situation, J.T. wins the love of Sara, an innocent young girl left alone in the world after losing the last of her family.

Temporarily Fixed TeeVee There isn’t the slightest feel that this is a first film. The way things are framed, and the rhythm of the edits are first class. The main actors are superb. There is no story to speak of, just enough events to serve the purpose...


Published February 1, 2024
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