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Monk

Monk

In the 17th century Spain, a baby is abandoned on the steps of a monastery and grows up a devoted priest and inspirational speaker (!)…until a mysterious visitor changes everything. With menacing music, portentous direction and slow pacing, this dark French tale (yes, subtitles) ominously promises dread and shock. Promises. Promises. While we kept getting led on, expecting the worst, the path is b... »

Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down

    You know when a movie trailer looks one way, but the movie is a whole different thing? Bingo! Colin Farrell broods as he does so well, as a man who’s plotting revenge on the gangsters who killed his wife and daughter. To drag down the plot, we suffer thru an awkward relationship with a damaged woman (Noomi Rapace). While there are three short spurts of action, there’s mor... »

Oz the Great & Powerful

Oz the Great & Powerful

This prequel explains the Wizard’s backstory. After an enchanting opening title sequence, a scruffy traveling magician (James Franco, who’s kinda bland) gets blown into a fantastic world of magic and talky witches. Like the Wizard, I wasn’t sure where it was headed. The visual style and EFX are either very stylized or very cheesy. There are some truly magical moments, while other... »

Koch

Koch

This is a doc about Ed Koch, a strong-willed, outspoken mayor of New York City. In addition to excerpts from interviews with him and his contemporaries, there’s lots of historical footage (most of which is in distractingly bad blown-up video). The film seems to spend more time on his major controversies than on his accomplishments and there’s nothing inventive about the way it’s ... »

Stoker

Stoker

The movie starts at the funeral for Mr. Stoker. That leaves his introverted teenage daughter (Mia Wasikowska), his troubled wife (Nicole Kidman) and Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who shows up from obscurity. And the creepy, fatal games begin. Who’s killing and why? While some things about the direction and cinematography are compelling, the slow pacing and ultimately silly story keep it fro... »

Week of March 11, 2013

Alexander Films is looking for a director for a feature they’re shooting in Africa this June. Low budget rates, but travel, food, housing covered. Send an email with demo reel/writing sample/resume & references to Marc Hutchins. Note: the website doesn’t come up, so do your research.   Uptown Talent’s Billy Caldwell is hosting an on-camera audition workshop: 3/13, 6:30pm... »

Admission  (review)

Admission (review)

The movie’s title has several meanings and that’s part of the problem. Too much earnest message and not enuff laffs. Tina Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton, who is solicited by a teacher (Paul Rudd) to consider a special student. Fey is the comic core of this film. When she’s being awkward, she’s funny. The emotional stuff…not so much. I’m a big fan of Rudd... »

Week of March 4, 2013

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO this month, I launched “Tales from the Grips.” Next month, there will be big changes to TVJerry! Details soon.   After a two-year run Kahil Dotay is not running for President of the Virginia Production Alliance next term (due to the demands of the Vampire film he’s producing). Anne Chapman is taking the job (she was prez 5 years ago). There are a few positi... »

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