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Retro Review: Frequencies - A Scientific Love Story

Submitted by melissa on November 30, 2016 - 8:04am


 

We've all heard that "opposites attract," but why? Writer, producer and director Darren Paul Fisher (The Inbetweeners) offers his explanation in Frequencies with the idea the each person has a certain "frequency," be it high or low. In simple terms, those with low frequencies are unlucky and those with high are in sync with the world around them.

From their very first encounter as children in school, Zak (low frequency) is smitten with unemotional Marie (high frequency). She's methodical and intrigued by him, but nothing more. Zak's friend, Theo, observes the two, analyzing their situation. They advance in years, becoming teenagers, and then young adults. The two eventually fall in love, causing problems which reach much farther than they would have imagined.

Retro Review: Filth Starring A Different Side of James McAvoy

Submitted by petrocs on November 16, 2016 - 6:40am


 

Irvine Welsh has created some of the most thought provoking novels of the past 25 years, so much so that many pieces of his literary collection have been adapted in some form over the years. From the Danny Boyle's 1996 classic film Trainspotting to Paul McGuigan's film, The Acid House, each director has lent their unique talents to the telling of Welsh's cult classics. While a series of adaptation failures plagued Welsh in the late 1990's thru the early 2000's, there has always been a vibe around the announcement of another project. This year brings director Jon S. Baird's take on the mind and words of Irvine Welsh, the 1998 novel Filth, and I'm confident in saying it is the best adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel since Trainspotting.

Now on Demand & iTunes, in theaters May 30th

Retro Review: The Infinite Man

Submitted by Indiebizliz on October 26, 2016 - 9:00am


 

Have you ever thought of an awful/embarrassing/heartbreaking moment in your life and thought, “if I could just go back to that moment…” In The Infinite Man, we find Dean, brilliant scientific mind with the intentions of creating the perfect anniversary weekend for his girlfriend Lana. But, nothing is ever perfect. When events don't go according to plan, Dean works tirelessly for an entire year to invent time travel that will reset the events of the original day. If he can just avoid running into himself. Stuck in a mind-bending loop, both he and Lana ( and a weirdo of an ex-boyfriend) weave in and out of “the present” to amend their relationship.

Writer/Director Hugh Sullivan deserves a job offer from the Doctor Who writing staff. This script is written with such creative precision, it should be studied. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out how each scene would play out in respect to the loop. Catching new clues here and there but ultimately blown away by each new revelation. High five, Hugh. I find myself predicting the ending of most film and television shows about 30 minutes in, these days. This film is a beautiful 85 minutes in length and not once did I even glance at my watch. I had no idea what was ever coming next.

Retro Review: The Raid 2: Berandal - Has Gareth Evans Created A Monster Franchise?

Submitted by petrocs on July 26, 2016 - 10:06pm


 

Foreign films have not done particularly well on U.S. soil, because audiences here tend to avoid films that contain subtitles and may also contain a storyline that reflects another culture's heritage (i.e. history or artistically). An always niche genre, martial arts films have usually fallen prey to this type of thinking and have not done well at the U.S. box office; unless of course they starred Jackie Chan and co-starred some American sidekick. Although martial arts films have a loyal following here in the U.S., many films are released at film festivals and even sometimes receive a limited release. This was the case with director Gareth Evans 2011 cult classic, The Raid: Redemption. After much praise on the awards circuit, the film went on to gross $4.5 million in the U.S., but built a legion of fans throughout the preceding years. Gareth Evans promised that a sequel would be forthcoming and it has; 2014 has brought us The Raid 2: Berandal.

Now playing in select theaters, opening in more Friday, April 11th!

Retro Review: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Submitted by Indiebizliz on January 9, 2016 - 5:45am


 

I am a New Yorker. Filter gone, I admit it. If you walk into the subway car I am exiting, before I am safely on the platform, you are going to hear all about it. Rude. That being said, only two times in my life have I been so angry that my entire body was shaking. I cannot imagine what it is like to experience that rage on a daily basis.

In a new film, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Robin Williams plays Henry Altmann. Two years after the death of one of his sons, Altmann’s rage has him on the literal edge of death. His fill-in doctor, Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis), tells him that he has been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. When he aggressively presses her for “How much time do I have?!”, she panics. “90 minutes!”

THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN will be opening in theaters nationwide (NYC THEATER-AMC Empire 25) and on demand May 23, 2014

Altmann plans out his final minutes with precision only to find that making amends is not so easy. The damage has been done. Immediately regretting her decision to make up an for Henry, Sharon decides to follow him. She is always mere moments behind his trail, and has the task of sharing the news with his family, one by one. The race is on to find Henry and get him the treatment he so desperately needs.

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