American Sniper

Between my classes, homework and time devoted to theatre and film productions, I still found enough time to see every film up for a major award, but not to write as many reviews as I had in previous years. “American Sniper” had been a film that caught my interest based on the respect I have for Bradley Cooper’s work, when I saw he had gotten a nomination for best actor “Sniper” appeared on my must-see list. The film, based on an autobiography of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper credited with a record number of kills during his four tours of duty in Iraq, and the difficult time he has leaving the war behind him when returning to his family.

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The Babadook

In a world where Horror films rely on blood and Boo!s to scare, Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” stands apart. “The Babadook” represents the best that horror has to offer. I was terrified to go on watching, yet could not look away. And that’s really something special. Additionally, the creature and mythology behind the Babadook was stellar; hauntingly unnatural while at the same time, remarkably plausible, 

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Summer of Blood

Each year I patiently wait or TCFF to send me the publication listing the films to be exhibited for the coming festival. Some are films I have heard of, others are by directors, actors and or writers who’s body of work with which I’m familiar, but periodically a title, name or image captures my attention; such was the case with Onur Tukel‘s “Summer of Blood.” A film with a quirky collection of Vampires and a 30 something guy just trying to skate through life.

This was one very fun film  Click to Check out my full review.


Interstellar Film Review

I’m a great fan of the work of Christopher Nolan, and I was looking forward to the release of Interstellar.

I am excited introduce Mason Speta as a Special Guest editor and to be able to share her insight and review.

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Now on break from college, I have a chance to catch up on a few reviews.


Blue is the Warmest Color

I finally saw “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” I was unable to see it upon its release due to its NC-17 rating. Finally, nearly a year-and-a-half after it took home the Palme d’Or at Cannes, I sat myself down for to watch the 3 hour long romantic epic in French. 

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Blue is the Warmest Color.

Guardians of the Galaxy

With the virtually universal success that occurs every time a Marvel comic is made into a blockbuster film, no one should surprised when Hollywood reaches-out to some of their lesser known works. Odds are pretty good, if you don’t spend your Saturday nights hanging-out at a comic book store, you never heard of the “Guardians of the Galaxy “- well that’s about to change.

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Guardians of the Galaxy.

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier.

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Chicago Premier by Jeff Garlin, the executive producer. It was also interesting to get to talk to the directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel as well as sit through the Q & A after the showing.
I must say this was a story that, as a filmmaker and Chicago resident, is a must see.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave.

Dallas Buyers Club

This is my newest review. I saw this film Saturday night and was quite impressed.

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Dallas Buyers Club.

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