Category: Reviews

Review: Jason Reitman’s One-Joke Short Film Consent (2004)

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Judah (Todd Waldman) and Penny (Rachel Vacca) are about to get it on after a successful date. Before they can have any kind of sexual activity however they need… A condom? Nope, a sexual consent form. What’s that? Basically just a list of all the things Judah wants to do to Penny, and vice versa. While they’re at it, why not let their lawyers review the contract? Though it does ruin the mood a little. Once the two college kids went over every little detail of what they’re about to do, they’re ready to go, but surprise, surprise: Penny’s roommate walks in.  Continue reading

Documentary Review: Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

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(Gyu-chan for his friends) is a a Japanese Neo-Dadaist artist who moved to New York in the 1960s. Now in his 80s and after a career of ups and downs he’s still struggling to pay the bills. As a true artist he never compromised his vision. He is considered one of the most famous starving artists. People enjoy his exhibitions, but they rarely actually buy his art. His works have been shown in the most renowned museums worldwide and he’s still struggling to pay the rent.  Continue reading

Review: Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) – Abdellatif Kechiche’s Neorealist Love Epic of Extreme Close-Ups and Delicious Spaghetti

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*Spoilers Ahoy!*
Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a quiet and mysterious schoolgirl. She loves reading, eating and sleeping. One sunny day, as she’s on her way to a date, she crosses the coolest blue haired and blue jeans wearing girl in all of France (Léa Seydoux). Their eyes meet for the shortest time and it’s: Bam! Coup de foudre. Love at first sight. That night Adèle dreams of her hot blue lady. At first she tries to fight her instincts, but then it just becomes impossible to resist. After being rejected by her girl crush in school, she decides to go out to a gay bar with her BFF (Sandor Funtek). At this point she almost gave up hope of ever meeting her blue angel again, but as fate would have it, Emma just happens to be hanging out there. In a gay bar? Who would have thought!  Continue reading

Review: Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) is a Triumphant Tale of Greed, Excess and Pure Id

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Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young stock broker with only one thing on his mind: Making money. After the stock market crash of Black Monday, he loses his job, but not his drive to become rich. Together with Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), a guy he randomly meets at a diner, creates his own company and reinvents himself as the Wolf of Wall Street. Due to the higher commissions that come from selling penny stocks, Jordan and his team of weed dealers are able to grow and prosper. The bigger their company, the bigger the parties. However their excessive lifestyle of sex, drugs and fraud can’t go on forever. Especially when nosy and incorruptible FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler) starts snooping around.  Continue reading

Review: Castration, Incest and Slapping in Kim Ki-duk’s “Silent Film” ‘Moebius’ (2013)

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*Warning: Spoilers, Sex & Sadism Inside*

A young man (Seo Young-ju) witnesses how his father (Jo Jae-hyeon) cheats on his mother (Lee Eun-woo). The mother knows her husband is cheating on her. So she tries to castrate him as he’s sleeping, but he wakes up in time. She decides to castrate her son instead. After that the son approaches his father’s lover (Lee Eun-woo), but he can’t have sex with her (for obvious reasons). Meanwhile his guilt-ridden father researches penis transplant opportunities on the web, as well as alternative ways for him to have an orgasm. There’s a possibility his son might have a working penis again. So the father he decides to evirate himself and donate his sex organ. Unfortunately, the son’s new genitalia only seem to respond to his mother.  Continue reading

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Finally Puts Joel & Ethan Coen’s Cold Filmmaking to Good Use

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Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a young folk singer living pretty much with anyone who owns a couch in Greenwich Village. The year is 1961 and record labels and executives are beginning to think that maybe folk music isn’t so hot anymore. Meanwhile poor Davis is freezing his butt off, wandering around the gelid streets of New York with (Academy Award Nominee ®) Ulysses, a red cat. He’s broke, his “ex”, Jean (Carey Mulligan) is pregnant, his dad isn’t talking to him and did I mention how cold it is? Davis drifts through the States in search of something better, but ends up in the same place where he started.  Continue reading

Review: A Moment to Remember (2004) Fully Commits and Embraces its Melodramatic Nature

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*Attention! Spoilers*
Kim Su-jin (Son Ye-jin), a gorgeous, young woman is stood up by her lover (Baek Jong-hak), who was supposed to pick her up at the station. Heartbroken and tired, she walks into a random convenience store, buys a coke and decides to walk home. A couple seconds after she leaves the store, she realizes that she forgot her coke inside the store. At the door she meets a handsome, rugged young man (Jung Woo-sung) holding a coke in his hand. She just assumes it’s hers. He opens the can. She takes the soda from him, chugs it down her throat and burps in his face: It’s the beginning of a beautiful love story.  Continue reading

Review: Everyone’s An Addict In ‘Thanks For Sharing’ (2012), But It All Ends Well, Not Surprisingly

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Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is a handsome, young nymphomaniac living in New York and trying to overcome his sex addiction with his sponsor and buddy Mike (Tim Robbins) a recovering alcoholic. He has been “sober” for five years, so Mike has decided for him that it’s okay to get back in the dating game. Adam is reluctant at first, but then meets this hot blonde Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s just to good to be true (or real). Meanwhile, Neil (Josh Gad) a slightly overweight compulsive sex maniac, is forced by court order to get in the twelve step program, where he meets Adam and Mike.  Continue reading

Documentary Review: Helvetica (2007) and the Importance of Fonts

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Fonts are part of our everyday life. Whether we pay attention to them or not, they influence the way we read and perceive texts. The Helvetica typeface is the single most widespread font family in the Western world. It’s everywhere. Street signs, logos, flyers, magazines, posters, the internet: This very blog is written in Helvetica. How did it became so popular? Where does it come from? Is it really the ultimate font? Can it be improved? Where is graphic design headed in the 21st century? And why do some people dislike it so much?  Continue reading

Review: Midnight FM (2010) – An Intense South Korean Action, Thriller Shot à la Tony Scott

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Ko Sun-young (Soo Ae) is a single mother who used to be a TV announcer, but then reinvented herself as a midnight DJ. Korean hombres love her delicate velvet voice and her passion for cinema and great soundtracks. Some of them “lover” her just a little to much. So much they become obsessed with her impossibly adorable persona and turn into some kind of raving psychos. The kind of deranged lunatics that break into your home with a fuzzy fur coat and a monkey wrench, tie up your sister (Shin Da-eun) and chase your cute, but mute daughter (Lee Joon-ha) all over your fancy apartment. Meanwhile Ma Dong-seok (Son Deok-tae), Sun-young’s stalker, is trying to help, but it’s not like anyone’s going to listen to a slightly overweight, awkward creep… Continue reading