Month: January 2015

The Imitation Game

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Charles Dance Released: 14th November 2014   Norwegian Director Morten Tyldum explores the shining achievements of Alan Turing, the “godfather” of computing. The film charts the not very well-known story of how Turing, with the help of his team of code-breakers including Joan Clarke (Knightly) and Hugh Alexander (Goode), break “Enigma”: a machine the Nazis used in for communications in World War 2. Most biographical films tend to approach the protagonist’s life chronologically. What makes this film somewhat unique is that it begins with a police investigation into a burglary at Turing’s residence in 1951, and then alternates between scenes from the central storyline of breaking Enigma in 1939, and Turing’s early school days in 1922. While it may seem like the timeline of the film is quite erratic, it works smoothly by virtue of clever segues from one scene to the next (for example, Stewart Menzies’ remark to Turing, “Popular at school were you?” before the film transitions to a scene from Turing’s school days.) Turing’s commentary in places is intended as narration and does fill in some gaps in the film’s storyline, but the narration is always delivered with the full force of Turing’s personality. A highlight in the film can be seen in the subtle emotions Cumberbatch exudes in his now...

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Blue Ruin (Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves) REVIEW

Title: Blue Ruin Studio/Distributor: Radius|TWC, Lab of Madness, Neighborhood Watch, Paradise City Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eva Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Werzner, Stacy Rock Director: Jeremy Saulnier Writer: Jeremy Saulnier Synopsis: Mysterious misanthrope Dwight lives a quiet life but that quiet life is interrupted when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance against Wade Cleland, the man who killed his parents. Proving himself to be a formidable killer, he soon finds himself heading into a showdown with the Cleland gang in order to protect his estranged family. Review: There have been many tales of revenge, some of which lean into the realm of action. “Death Wish” & the original “Oldboy” are prime examples. Other times, they lean into character-driven dramas. “Blue Ruin” falls into that in-between. While some of the action in this film come in small, brutally violent bursts, the thing that drives this revenge drama/thriller is the development of the lead anti-hero protagonist Dwight (Blair), a beach bum who lives a slovenly lifestyle. He has no home, his family has abandoned him, the only kind of refreshments that he can replenish himself with are the ones inside a trashcan. However, Dwight finds purpose when he learns that his parents’ killer, Wade Cleland, is being released from prison. Dwight’s violent confrontation with Wade soon makes him...

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Evil Dead (2013)

      When faced with an evil worse than death itself, would you saw off your own arm, rip your own hand off or, bury your only sister alive, to save your life? Well, the characters in “EVIL DEAD” face these exact horrors and more, in Fede Alvarez’s take on what many consider a re-imagining of the Cult Classic franchise of the same name that made Bruce Campbell a household name for every horror fan young and old.       Evil Dead follows five teens who venture to an old remote cabin in the middle of the woods to help their friend, Mia, quite drugs “cold turkey.” But, when one of the teens stumbles across a book bound in human flesh, (the Necronomicon, or “book of the dead,”) he unknowingly unleashes an evil presence that slowly starts brutally picking everyone off one by one in a gruesome bloodbath, until only one remains and is forced to fight back, to survive the night, all on his own.       This film will leave you feeling the need to take a shower to wash the sheer amount of blood off of your mind, while leaving you wanting more. To live up to its fame and legacy that the 1981 original cult classic has gained over the years, this film is drenched in blood, and will take you on an emotional roller coaster that will...

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