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Re-View: Men in Black & Men in Black II

Re-View: Men in Black & Men in Black II
This Memorial Day marks the return of the blockbuster Men in Black franchise after a ten-year absence from theaters. Of course, when a new entry in a series comes along, it’s only natural to revisit the older ones. So, warning folks, potential spoilers below. If you haven’t seen the first movie, go watch it! If you haven’t seen the second one… good for you. Men in Black is a film that manages... 

Seamonsters [Austin Film Festival in Review]

Seamonsters [Austin Film Festival in Review]
Adapted from the Royal Court play “Outside of Heaven,” Seamonsters marks the feature debut of director Julian Kerridge, a graduate of the London School of Film. The screenplay was adapted for the screen by Kerridge and Martin Sadofski (who wrote the play). It recently played in the Narrative Feature Competition at the 18th annual Austin Film Festival. The film gives a glimpse in to the daily lives... 

Harold’s Going Stiff [Austin Film Festival in Review]

Harold’s Going Stiff [Austin Film Festival in Review]
An unknown neurological disorder is sweeping the country, rendering adult men nearly immobile with joint stiffness and ultimately violent. Doctors are on the hunt for a cure for this strange phenomenon as local men are on the hunt for the victims themselves. These locals refer to the afflicted as “zombies” due to the appearance the disorder gives them and the fact that they become dangerous when... 

All I Know: The Castle Sessions [Austin Film Festival in Review]

All I Know: The Castle Sessions [Austin Film Festival in Review]
Twelve musicians gather at a magical 16th-century castle in Denmark (Engelsholm Castle, to be exact) for 3 days to write songs for a music festival. Seven are from various Nordic countries and 5 are from Texas. They are paired up in groups of 2 or 3 for rotating songwriting sessions. Holly Bronko’s All I Know: The Castle Sessions chronicles the whirlwind of new relationships, linguistic challenges... 

Ringu (1998) [AotM Review]

I had never had much interest in The Ring or its Japanese predecessor, mentally sorting it with the fleet of foreign horror imports and adaptations that all came around the same time. When our own Doc Rotten included it as part of his October Horror Extravaganza, my interest piqued a bit. After all, he included some pretty iconic and memorable horror movies on his list, so maybe Ringu was better than... 

Hellraiser (1987) [AotM Review]

Right away, in 2011, Hellraiser has a few things going against it. A low-budget horror flick of its time (made in 1987), the visual effects don’t quite hold up well as time passes. Add in a more cerebral nature for its horrific storyline and a sequence of ridiculous sequels that have tainted the franchise name, and there may not be much incentive to revisit the original movie that was written and... 

Carrie (1976) [AotM Review]

When I first discovered Carrie in my teenage years, it was an unforgettable experience. I had no idea what I was watching, catching the last half-hour of the movie during a midnight broadcast on a local channel. It was almost 2am, I was sleep deprived, I had no television listing to tell me what was going on, and what I was watching on television was crazy: a teenager bathed in blood at a high school... 

A Second Look at Horrible Bosses [Second Look]

As plots go, Horrible Bosses doesn’t sound too original in a one-line description. Three friends, who all work at different places, have different issues with their awful employers, and hatch a plot to kill them. As with the best comedies, though, it’s all in the execution, and director Seth Gordon knocks this one out of the park. Our three protagonists are Kurt, Nick, and Dale, all of... 

Cars [Re-view]

I still remember the marketing blitz behind Cars in the weeks leading up to the movie’s original theatrical release. Every day Disney / Pixar was releasing something new to promote the movie – in particular character wallpapers and posters. There came a point where I really started to worry whether Pixar had its first dud on its hands. After all, the studio had never worked so hard to promote... 

How to Train Your Dragon [Reader Requested Review]

This review requires a little bit of background. When How to Train Your Dragon came to theaters, I missed it. It wasn’t intentional – we did run a review by Nicole and I fully intended to see it in theaters after her high praise. As is usual, my schedule got out of hand and I missed it in theaters so I figured I would catch it when it came out on DVD and write up a DVD review of the movie.... 
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