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Release Date: March 1, 2013
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rating: R
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Director: Chan-wook Park
Cast: Mia Wasikowska; Nicole Kidman; Matthew Goode; Jacki Weaver; Dermot Mulroney

This is a nasty little number.   The first English-language film from Chan-wook Park, director of “Oldboy,” is a modern gothic nightmare that leaves you thinking, “Thank God that’s not MY family!” Continue reading

When Time Ran Out

It’s Flashback Friday!

This Week’s Flashback Movie….

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Release Date: March 28, 1980
Runtime: 121 minutes
Rating: PG
Studio: Warner Brothers
Director: James Goldstone
Cast: Paul Newman; Jacqueline Bisset; William Holden; Edward Albert; Ernest Borgnine; Burgess Meredith; Red Buttons; Veronica Hamel; Alex Karras; James Franciscus

This is your typical Irwin Allen disaster flick that offers no new surprises and doesn’t stray from his well-worn formula. Continue reading

Motel Hell

It’s Flashback Friday!

This Week’s Flashback Movie….

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Release Date: October 18, 1980
Runtime: 101 minutes
Rating: R
Studio: United Artists (MGM)
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Rory Calhoun; Nancy Parsons; Paul Linke; Nina Axelrod; Wolfman Jack


This is one fun, albeit totally demented movie!!

I love it when movies don’t take themselves too seriously.  This one has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, understanding its own warped sense of the macabre. As a result, it makes for quite a twisted hour and forty minutes. Continue reading

The Master*: A Reel Podcast

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Release Date: September 21, 2012
Runtime: 144 minutes
Rating: R
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Joaquin Phoenix; Amy Adams

*2013 Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor…..Joaquin Phoenix
Best Supporting Actor…..Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress…..Amy Adams

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2013 Academy Awards Recap

Well, last night was definitely full of surprises.  From Quentin Tarantino’s Best Original Screenplay win for ‘Django Unchained’ to Ang Lee’s Best Director win for ‘Life of Pi,’ the 85th Annual Academy Awards proved to be a pretty darn good show!

I’m not one for regaling about the fashion, so I’m not going to dwell too much on that.  In my mind, everyone looked great.  Yes, some looked better than others, but still, everyone looked terrific in couture gowns and classic tuxedos, with flawless hair, makeup, and spray tan (but would it kill Jennifer Aniston to put her hair up once in a while??). Continue reading