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Review: Oculus - You'll Never Look In A Mirror Again

Submitted by petrocs on April 11, 2014 - 9:47pm


Jason Blum at Blumhouse Pictures is making a decent living of scaring the crap out of the world. Over the last 7 years, his production company has brought more successful franchises and standalone low-budget horror films than anyone else. The formula? Small cast, limited set pieces, few, if any, special effects and a will to make you pee yourself. Oculus does nothing to sway from this formula.

Directed by Mike Flanagan who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Howard, tells a story which centers around two young siblings Kaylie (Basso) and Tim Russell (Ryan). Ten years ago they witnessed their parents, Marie (Sackhoff) and Alan (Cochrane), go insanely mad as a result, presumably, of a mysterious mirror hanging in their father's office. As a result, the children are forced to defend themselves and Tim kills his father. When the police arrive they remove the children from the house and they are separated. Tim is taken into custody for the murder of his father while Kaylie is sent to an orphanage.

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

Submitted by petrocs on April 9, 2014 - 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!

Now Screening - Transcendence

Submitted by melissa on April 9, 2014 - 9:20pm


Movie & Screening Info on Cinemit - "What is Transcendence?" Featurette after the jump

Girls on Film Podcast - Hateship Loveship Starring Kristen Wiig

Submitted by melissa on April 9, 2014 - 9:06am


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Welcome to Girls on Film! On this edition, we discuss Hateship Loveship, in theaters and VOD on Friday, April 11th.

"A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict."

Liz Whittemore aka Indie Biz Liz @IndieBizLiz &
Melissa Hanson aka Dial M for Melissa @DialMForMelissa

Outtro Courtesy of
Oprah Eating Okra aka Matthew Schuchman

Review: 'Noah' Is Not What You Think

Submitted by petrocs on April 5, 2014 - 7:58am


Adapting biblical stories for screen is a touchy situation, especially when you're acclaimed director and self-professed atheist, Darren Aronofsky. There are two sides to every controversy: you have those who will scream a film needs to tell the story the way the bible intended and there is the opposite view, the one of the director who wants to make his movie no matter what the cost. What we are presented with is, as Mr Aronofsky has been quoted as saying, "the least biblical, biblical film ever made". This story of Noah presents the religious icon as more an environmentalist, not the Noah that many Christian followers are used to reading about. The synopsis of the original narrative stays in tact, Noah builds an ark, the animals go in and the Earth floods, that much is still true, but majority of the remaining parts of the story have been altered. This is not the Book of Genesis.

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