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The Daily Cinema: GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS

“Green Street Hooligans” is a violent tale about the soccer firms (gangs, hooligans, etc.) that surround English soccer teams and showcases great performances by its two leads that manages to be informative to a degree while also entertaining. Loosely based around the real life firms, this fictional tale of an outsider that has an unlikely in with the Green Street Elites feels much longer than its sub-two-hour running time, but ultimately feels fresh and shocking. Not so much about soccer as it a tale of detailing why the firms fight other firms and the bond formed between them.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Frankenstein”

“Frankenstein”, the black and white 70 minute horror film originally released in 1931, is a stirring and intense flick that showcases the sheer insanity of Dr. Frankenstein as he creates his infamous re-animated creature that goes on an absolute tear. Although the length means large portions of Marry Shelley’s outstanding novel are left out, the heart of the story and it’s ability to sell a creature that is truly unmanageable is brought to life by Boris Karloff in his famous turn as “the monster.”

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January 22, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Night of the Living Dead”

“Night of the Living Dead” is a classic horror film that is newer than one might think. Filmed in 1968, George A. Romero’s classic is black and white and low-budget. However, the film does hold up relatively well, and showcases the old-school zombies—you know, the ones that stumble around and move slow.

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January 20, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Daybreakers”

“Daybreakers” is a smarter than expected twist on the vampire genre that provides an interesting premise with a ton of stylistic violence and a rich world that outperforms the small budget with expert acting, but the film starts to lose steam as it comes to its sudden climax and gives the  feeling that this could have been so much more. However, the Spierig brothers certainly show the vampire mythology is far from being buried in the grave.

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January 19, 2010 Posted by | Reviewin' For You, The Daily Cinema | | 2 Comments

The Daily Cinema: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Yes, “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is still in theaters, but this film has a, ermmm, fantastic reputation already and I simply had to see it. And you know what? I am glad I did, because it is awesome. I could sit here and give you a thousand adjectives, but let’s just get this out of the way: Go see this film.

I have liked Wes Anderson films. Even enjoyed them quite a bit. But I would never say I have loved his work—til now. I simply adore this film. It is full of style and humor, and who knew that his first animated (stop-motion) and PG film would be the one to break the mold?

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January 14, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Son of Rambow”

“Son of Rambow” has garnered quite a following since it’s release in 2007. For a small film with an odd premise and story, it has found quite alot of underground success and I thoroughly enjoyed the adolescent story line and the religious undercurrent.

If the mention of the religious theme puts you off, don’t let it. You can take the film as is, and really it is more of a theme that puts certain religious sects in a bad light, coming off as a controlling entity that tries to oppress the youth.

As for the storyline itself, set in the 80’s in England, Will, the son of a widow in the Plymouth Brethren religious group, is shut off from the world of movies, TV, music, and isn’t allowed to mix with the other children of his school. However, when he meets Lee Carter, the school cut up, Will’s world is blown wide-open as he witnesses “Rambo: First Blood” in pirated form on Carter’s TV.

From here, the story unfolds rapidly as Will’s imagination runs free and he wants to make a movie, Carter’s amateur specialty, about him being the son of “rambow.” From here, an unlikely friendship blooms and throughout we are shown the pressures that adults and the world around us can have on the youth.

However, this is more of a celebration of youth than the uncovering of the hardships, as the imagination and enthusiasm Will and Carter have is sure to affect all audiences.

Of course, as with any movie heavily involving young characters, the film largely balances on the acting of the kids. For this, we can be glad that director Garth Jennings found some truly wonderful young actors to portray Will and Lee Carter. Will has the childlike awe you would expect to see when his walls are knocked down, and Lee Carter is delightfully immature.

All of this mixes with a wonderful script by Jennings to give a touching and humorous ode to childhood and film.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | 1 Comment

The Daily Cinema: “Primer”

“Primer” is a small film with an interesting premise that has gained wide acclaim and the infamous “cult” status. Shane Carruth proves to be a jack of all trades, as he was producer, director, writer, composer, sound department, production designer, casting director, and editor on his film.

This is Carruth’s work, through and through, and leads to an uncompromising vision that feels refreshingly clear. The dialogue is complex with alot of technical jargon throughout the film, but the narration is our one guiding light that shines a flashlight on exactly what is going on.

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January 12, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Vertigo”

“Vertigo” happens to be one of those classic films that needs time to get going, but once it starts getting interesting, Alfred Hitchcock throws us enough twists and turns to keep the ending fresh and unexpected.

The film starts off quickly, with John Ferguson (James Stewart) chasing a crook across rooftops before failing to fully clear a jump. Suddenly, he has an instance of vertigo and from there on, decides to retire from the police force. However, a friend calls upon him for one last favor—to tail his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak), and find out what she does all day. Naturally, Madeleine also happens to be immensely attractive.

That seems pretty ordinary, until it is revealed that Ferguson’s friends suspects Madeleine is possessed by a person from the past, and that she often can’t remember where she had gone or done during a large portion of the day. If that sounds interesting enough, the film has you hooked already.

For me, it took a few more turns before I was fully engrossed, but the movie was involving well before that. Stewart happens to be perfectly adept at playing a curious but cautious detective, following Novak around with increasing relish.

Running just over two hours, the film gives enough room to come to a satisfying conclusion. Overall, “Vertigo” has the Hitchcock stamp of quality and is an enjoyable experience, from beginning to end.

January 11, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Citizen Kane”

“Citizen Kane” has been on my shortlist for years, but I had never got around to seeing it. Today, I finally watched it and I certainly understand why its name kept popping up. The film is epic in scale, covering the life of the fictional Charles Foster Kane. Kane had become a media tycoon in his youth after inheriting a fortune.

Many have claimed the film is a direct satire on William Randolph Hearst, a real life media mogul. Orson Welles wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this two hour black and white film released in 1941.

The movie itself starts slowly, with the death of Kane and the mock-documentary of his life. In his final death scene, he mutters the word “rosebud,” and that is when the film really begins as reporters track down everyone that knew him to find out what the mysterious word may mean, if anything.

Thus begins the journey of Kane’s life through various flashbacks.

The film itself is well acted and written, and has been noted for its revolutionary film techniques and style. Today, the techniques don’t have nearly as much effect, but the film holds up well. The story is interesting and the characters believable, if old (it IS the ’40s!).

However, I was never truly attached to the characters. “Citizen Kane” seems to have most of its merit in its underlying story of the real life Hearst in addition to its film school dissections.

As a film judged on its own merits without the lofty praise heaped upon it, “Citizen Kane” is enjoyable, but isn’t likely to become a favorite.

January 8, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | Leave a comment