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Film Review: Swamp Thing (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: Deep in Florida’s darkest everglades, a brilliant scientist and a sexy government agent have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger and change civilization forever. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping the agent, the madman douses the scientist ...

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Film Review: Way Down in ChinaTown (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A writer and director couple aspire to produce a play despite the world slowly coming to an end around them. REVIEW: Directed By: Eric Michael Kochmer Starring: Stephanie Sanditz, Justin Dray, Maria Olsen, Ashli Haynes Way Down in Chinatown is a rare film that isn’t easily categorized into one specific genre. Surreal, impressionistic, and irrevocably bizarre, Kochmer’s artistic approach ...

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Film Review: The Rambler (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A quiet drifter leaves prison, finds home on the road. REVIEW: With a title sounding more like a western, you might expect to see Clint Eastwood leading the trail in this one. However wonderfully abstract things sometimes come in small packages. Rather, the film takes a direction that mirrors films like Martin Scorsese’s 1985 “After Hours” or “The Big ...

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Film Review: Akira (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: “Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo’s supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the ...

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Film Review: Slaughterhouse Five (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: “Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. The opening words of the famous novel are the quickest summary of this haunting, funny film. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut’s obsessive story of Pilgrim, who survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past as a young American POW, in the future as a ...

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Film Review: Brazil (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: “In a highly structured and bureaucratic state, the government has installed extreme and highly counterproductive measures for which to track down terrorists. A ‘bug’ in the system mixes up the last name of a terrorist (Tuttle) and an innocent man (ironically enough Buttle). Thus, the wrong man (Buttle) is arrested and killed while Tuttle continues to roam free. Sam ...

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Film Review: Alphaville (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: “Lemmy Caution, an American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet. His very American character is at odds with the city’s ruler, an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: One cannot speak of the European ‘New Wave’ movement of the sixties without mentioning French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who ...

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Film Review: Fantastic Planet (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “La Planète Sauvage, also known as Fantastic Planet, is a surrealist story based on the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Set on a far distant world, human beings or ‘Oms’ have been domesticated by the gigantic Draags. Wild Oms however are a problem and are exterminated by the dozen. One domesticated om named Terr is able to escape his masters ...

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Film Review: Hearts Of Darkness – A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

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SYNOPSIS: “Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of Apocalypse Now and Francis Ford Coppola’s struggle with nature, governments, actors and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Eleanor Coppola taped and filmed her husband, often without his knowledge, on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979) while everything fell apart around ...

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Film Review: Swordfish (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: A secretive renegade counter-terrorist co-opts the world’s greatest hacker (who is trying to stay clean) to steal billions in US Government dirty money. REVIEW: Easily one of John Travolta’s greatest roles, “Swordfish” is a collective of great talent, cinematography, script and slick acting. That memorable opening with the Tarantino-like monolog which quickly moves into a hostage-bomb segment ending badly ...

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