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Flawed Classic: Crimson Peak

I have thoroughly enjoyed Guillermo del Toro’s films in the past such as his treatment of Mike Mignola's Hellboy as well as Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, and for the first half-hour I felt that Crimson Peak had the look and feel to become a Victorian horror classic . . . .

 

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier is an exciting documentary of discovery that asks all the right questions such as ‘who was this person, why did she take so many pictures, and why did she not show her photographs during her lifetime?’ and presents us with surprising answers that at times are quite dark . . . .

 

Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour, which is part love story and documentary, rich in metaphor, tells a tale of two strangers immobilized like creatures in amber, unable to move forward or escape their past, while seeking refuge from their lives. . . .

 

Camera Sense Archives

The Martian

The power of The Martian lies in the premise that although unforeseen disasters occur, they inspire rescue missions to save a crew member, regardless of the odds. . . .

 

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man is a one-in-a-million turn-of-events story. A documentary that is told in such a compelling manner that it commands your attention as it unravels a musical mystery. It is the story of a extremely gifted but struggling young songwriter-musician from the streets of Detroit who is unaware of the life-changing impact his songs have on people on the other side of the globe.. . . .

 

Before I Disappear

A dark comedy of errors and heartfelt moments. Richie, is deeply involved in drugs, suicide, debt, and threats from loan sharks when he is called upon to do a very important favor for his sister whom he has not spoken to in years. . . .

 

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is a fascinating look at a hustler with high ambitions, a sociopath that latches onto a sure thing: the suffering of crime victims. Louis Bloom is there with his camera recording their pain to parade it on the television news the following day . . . .

 

Birdman

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu challenges the attention span of audiences with non-stop uncut sequences in a quasi-cinéma vérité feat of brilliant performances by Michael Keaton, Ed Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts . . . .

 

The Minions have landed!

Fans of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 will not be disappointed with the hilarious adventure of MINIONS taking center stage. While the story plot may not be as complex as with previous films this film will have you laughing until the end. . . .

 

The Homesman

The remarkable cinematography of The Homesman is as breathtaking and plain as an Andrew Wyeth painting with its crisp and austere desolation. It is a grim film, sparse as a haiku, and inhabited by eccentricity and weirdness that passes for acceptable behavior . . .

 

INSIDE OUT

I love Pixar movies and have been a fan since its inception with Wally B and Tin Toy.
I think the genius that Pixar brings to animated films is how they give the audience insight into a characters feelings and thoughts. They prioritize character development above plot, and in so doing Pixar brings an amazing perspective to any topic they touch . . .

 

John Wick.

Get ready for a bloodbath...

John Wick is a man in mourning—a former hit man who departed from his evil ways for the one he loved. When the remaining precious things in his life are taken by an immature gangland brat, Wick exercises his righteous indignation by going after his enemies in the way they fear most . . .

 

Tomorrowland. Go.

TOMORROWLAND is one of those amazingly notable movies that inspires you to see the world differently in ways that can alter your own future. . . .

 

MARVEL-ed Enough?

Stan Lee, has gotten old and rich doing what he enjoys, trumpeting the work he did fifty years ago and outlasting his co-creators like Jack Kirby (Fantastic Four) and Steve Ditko (Spider-Man). Every creator want to see his work get its due but at this point I think we are almost MARVEL-ed out . . .

 

Netflix’ Daredevil

Riveting. Powerful. Commanding. Netflix’ Daredevil is not the Daredevil comic of old that was masterfully drawn by Jack Kirby (who also breathed life into the Fantastic Four), and which I read as a kid in New York City. It is the embodiment of the unique character created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett that has now been absorbed into the ethos of the darkest graphic novels, and regurgitated in this Netflix series as a new bloody and gruesome incarnation.  . . .

 

Spies Like Us meets The Hangover

To think that this film caused an international incident with North Korea makes you question the sanity of the world we live in. The Interview is raucous, very broad satire with a ribald edge taking its cues from several different television shows including TMZ, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, and others . . .

 

In 2012 Argo won Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
It is categorized as a Thriller/Drama, and generally succeeds as suspenseful storytelling. In all fairness, it is difficult to tell a story engagingly when everyone knows the ending . . .