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The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

A little bit Sword in the Stone with a touch of Star Wars (set in our galaxy, in our time), The Last Starfighter filled a vaccum left after the “final” Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi. I saw this one in theaters when it was released, and it has resonated with me ever since: a story about a reluctant hero who is thrust into a full on space war, as the enemy creeps ever closer to his home planet, Earth. The Last Starfighter reminds us that when it’s time to fight, sometimes that’s all there is left to protect those we love – so that they don’t have to. Real courage isn’t around every corner, sometimes you have to scour the universe to find it.

Full review available at http://FilmGrouch.com

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stuck

Stuck

Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea) is a hard up schlub who is having one shitty day: he’s been kicked out of his apartment, the unemployment office told him they lost his application after keeping him waiting for three hours, and a cop booted him off his park bench just as he was settling in for the night. As if his situation couldn’t get any worse, or more degrading, a fucking car plows into him. It’s not bad enough that his leg is broken and he’s been cut to ribbons, he is actually lodged in the front windshield of this vehicle, and he can’t get out.

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Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

In the quiet Canadian suburb of Bailey Downs (Canadian suburb, pfft… isn’t that entire country a suburb?), neighborhood dogs are being devoured by a mysterious beast at night. No one has ever actually laid eyes on this creature, but judging from the aftermath of one of its attacks, it is safe to assume that this thing is big, ferocious, and none-too-friendly. But for Gothy, outcast sisters Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), the string of puppy murders has been of little importance, as they have more pressing matters to deal with.

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Apocalypto

Apocalypto

I once wrote that one can’t be a critic and a filmmaker at the same time because the former is reactive while the latter is proactive. Yet, here I am contradicting myself, at least in a sense. While Apocalypto is already known, I desire to produce such short analyses simply out of respect. In his case it is because I believe that Mel Gibson, while already respected as a filmmaker, is actually still underrated. He is on the threshold of deserving the same reverence in film, both as art and entertainment, as Spielberg and Scorsese as great living directors. The masterpiece that is Apocalypto reminds us of his vision and reach.

Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson, produced by his Icon Productions along with Touchstone Pictures and released in 2006, is a film about revelation and revolution. The film follows a young tribesman named Jaguar Paw (Youngblood) as his idyllic life is uprooted by raiders who enslave his people and prepare him and others for sacrifice to Mayan deity Kukulkan. Jaguar Paw’s goal is to survive and make his way back to his expectant wife and their child who are trapped in a pit. Stripped of his tribe and with no home, he transforms from hunted to hunter as he claims his identity in life.

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The Room

The Room

The H-Bomb: Just to get this out of the way; it is very easy to make a bad movie. Anyone who has seen the never ending stream of shit that pollutes our DVD shelves and infests our multiplexes knows this to be true. Big budget or small, it doesn’t matter. All it takes is one […]

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