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Review: 'The Case Against 8' Premiering on HBO Today

Submitted by Indiebizliz on June 23, 2014 - 6:40am


 

I went to Catholic school for 8 years. I wore uniforms, I went to church, and l learned prayers. In my final year, a religion teacher told me that if I came to my mother and told her I was gay, it would be the same thing as if I told her I had killed someone. I am NOT a product of Catholic school.

In the new HBO documentary, The Case Against 8, we follow probably one of the most important lawsuits in our history. 5 years in the making, with behind the scenes footage of the entire case, this incredibly emotional and powerful documentary is one that is so important for everyone to see. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, The Case Against 8 is a gripping, intimate story of the people who fight for marriage equality.

We've all heard of Proposition 8 in one way or another, but do we really understand what it is or are we just being told how to feel based one pundit or another. I will admit, all I knew about Prop 8 was that it was wrong in my eyes. It was blocking same sex couples their right to be married. It had legally defined marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. Everyone was shocked when Prop 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote. 18,000 people that had been married in 2008 in California, were now left with nothing but a useless piece of paper. The Case Against 8 we follow the four plaintiffs and the team of lawyers who fought for the equal rights of same-sex couples. The most surprising turn of events; who becomes the lead council on the case. Ted Olson was the lead council for the Republicans in the historic 2000, Bush vs Gore Supreme Court decision. A case that still haunts much of our history. Although, Ted Olson believes that when two people love each other, they have the right to be wed no matter their sexual orientation.

'Coherence' Turns A Dinner Party Into A Sci-Fi Twisty Headscratcher And You'll Love It

Submitted by melissa on June 20, 2014 - 5:45pm


 

On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, Coherence is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.

I could tell you more, but it'll totally ruin it for you. What I will say is that you should watch this with someone so you can discuss.

The first feature film from writer/director James Ward Byrkit, it was co-written with Alex Manugian (who plays Alex) and produced by Lene Bausager. The movie features a seasoned cast of actors/writers in TV and movies.

Currently playing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, it opens in San Jose, CA on 6/27, then expands each week. Streaming and downloads available August 5th. Pre-order here.

Review: 'Third Person' - He Said, She Said

Submitted by Indiebizliz on June 20, 2014 - 8:40am


 

They say, “Write what you know.” As a writer, I always pull from my own experiences first. Then the imagination takes over.

Academy Award winning Writer/ Director, Paul Haggis (Crash), lets us into the mind of a fictional, Pulitzer prize winning novelist in Third Person. Michael (Liam Neeson) has essentially locked himself in a hotel suite in Paris. He is desperate to finish his new book but emotionally is held back by a past (and present) that is haunting him. Enter his young mistress, Anna (Olivia Wilde), to stir up a little fun and whole lot of trouble. They play a cat and mouse game that seemingly suits one another’s age and stage. Then we hop to Rome, where we find corporate conman Sean (Adrian Brody) confronted with a gypsy woman, Monika (Moran Atias), pulling him into what may be a long con of her own. Finally, in New York, we meet Julia (Mila Kunis), a former soap star whose ex husband, Rick (James Franco), is trying to keep her from having any visitation rights after their son is almost killed in her care. Maria Bello plays Kunis’ lawyer, Theresa.

Cinemit Podcast - 2 Special Interviews From Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con! Oh, And A Talk About Summer Blockbusters

Submitted by melissa on June 20, 2014 - 6:40am


 

Download here! - now available to subscribe in iTunes!

    • What We Watched
    • Melissa: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Coherence (in theaters today!)
    • Michael: How To Train Your Dragon 2
    • Interview: Jason David Frank Did he just call out CM Punk?
    • Interview: Michael Rooker
    • Topic: Summer Blockbusters

Hosted by: Michael Petrelli aka Petrocs
Guest: Melissa aka Dial M For Melissa

Kino! Festival of German Films review of Nan Goldin - I Remember Your Face

Submitted by Spirit of the Thing on June 16, 2014 - 12:23pm


 

Capturing the essence of an artist seems to me to be one of the hardest things to do. So much of what makes one an artist (I assume) happens in one's head, an interior monologue that Terrence Malick would be jealous of utilizing. Sabine Lidl's entrancing documentary, Nan Goldin - I Remember Your Face, seems to get pretty close to doing so.

The film obviously follows Nan Goldin, the world renowned photographer, as she negotiates time in Paris and Berlin, meeting with friends and colleagues, old and new, talking us through her trials and tribulations as a woman in the world she has chosen to inhabit. She lives up to the perception many might have of what an artist of her stature is like -an eccentric who details her  obscure tastes in the art she collects (Catholic in nature), tells tales of wild times living in squats with 40+ people, describes her spiral into drug addiction and subsequent drying out as well as the numerous people she has fallen in love with only to have that love unrequited, all of which is included in or fueled her work. And its her work that is foremost in her mind. Books to publish, narrated slideshows to produce, new style collage combining themed work juxtaposed with famous art works by masters - all of it consumes her and occupies her every moment (at least as laid out in the film).

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