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“The Neon Demon”: A Devilish Treat

“The Neon Demon”: A Devilish Treat

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a review of a film, but I haven’t seen a film so visually stunning and engrossing in such a long time that I thought…

“Black Mountain Side”: Canadian Chills

“Black Mountain Side”: Canadian Chills

Do you love horror films but are tired of being scared below the Arctic Circle? Well, grab your tuque and your parka, because you’re about to get freaked out in…

“The Revenant”: Lessons in Survival

“The Revenant”: Lessons in Survival

The camera is in near-constant motion and the angles are highly personal. From the very beginning, I felt like I was right there with the fur trappers along the Missouri…

The Best Films of 2015

The Best Films of 2015

The last two months of the year normally arouses excitement within me for two reasons: the holidays and a big batch of quality, thought-provoking movies. Normally, many of these films find…

Make “Room” in Your Schedule

Make “Room” in Your Schedule

Ahh, finally, my favorite season of the year. Yes, winter; but, another official season of the year unrelated to the weather is Awards Season. With the Venice and Telluride film festivals both…

“Tyke Elephant Outlaw”

“Tyke Elephant Outlaw”

A documentary on Tyke, the elephant that went on a rampage on the streets of Kakaako in 1994, was greeted with an outburst of applause when it was screened in…

“Transfatty Lives”: A Facelift for ALS

“Transfatty Lives”: A Facelift for ALS

An internet phenomenon, an artist, an unconventional young adult. This was Patrick Sean O’Brien. He made interesting videos and had fans all over the United States praising him for his…

The Film Festival Spirit

The Film Festival Spirit

They’re back! Hawaii International Film Festival is back in town, this time with more exciting movies than ever! Celebrating the 35th anniversary, the festival showcases films from all over the…

“The Martian”: Sci-Fi for Realists

“The Martian”: Sci-Fi for Realists

If you are looking for a good time at the movies, “The Martian” is an epic, adventurous sci-fi film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I…

“Sicario”: The Artwork of a Thriller

“Sicario”: The Artwork of a Thriller

There are many ways to create an atmosphere of dread and foreboding in a film. Camera angles, music, dialogue, and setting can all work to create an ominous feeling. In…

Pay a Visit to See “The Visit”

Pay a Visit to See “The Visit”

As a fan of horror movies, I was quite intrigued by the trailer for a film called The Visit. As the trailer rolled, the screen read, “From Blumhouse Productions, who brought you Insidious and…

“Detachment”: A Good Look in the Mirror

“Detachment”: A Good Look in the Mirror

If it hasn’t become apparent already, I’m partial to the indie film. I have a number of reasons for this partiality, but one reason is that the indie film often…

“Ricki and the Flash”

“Ricki and the Flash”

If you ponder any reason to see the new, under-the-radar summer release “Ricki and the Flash,” I suggest seeing it for one reason and two words alone: Meryl Streep.  Written by…

“The Dark Valley”: An Austrian Western

“The Dark Valley”: An Austrian Western

When we imagine the early Western frontier, images of cowboys, saloons, and gunfights are the staple set in desert towns. Interestingly enough, Westerns are a rare genre of film nowadays,…

The Spirit of Aloha in “Aloha”

The Spirit of Aloha in “Aloha”

Whenever I browse through the list of upcoming films on the Internet Movie Database, I mark my calendar for films I want to see, watch trailers for those I’m not…

“Welcome to Me”

“Welcome to Me”

What would you do with $86 million? It can be fun to fantasize what one would do upon winning the lottery. It’s a common daydream and the foundational premise of…

Unfriended: Unintentional Comedy

Unfriended: Unintentional Comedy

Sometimes we’re faced with difficult decisions. I found myself facing a difficult decision between whether to spend $12 on a potentially good movie or an obviously bad one. It would…

Tyler McMahon’s Latest Novel “Kilometer 99” Drips with Adrenaline

Tyler McMahon’s Latest Novel “Kilometer 99” Drips with Adrenaline

Tyler McMahon’s second novel “Kilometer 99” will mercilessly wrench your heart out. Following the same heart-racing pace as McMahon’s first novel, “How the Mistakes Were Made”, “Kilometer 99” propels the…

Leviathan: An Honest Look at Russia

Leviathan: An Honest Look at Russia

Sometimes a movie isn’t so much about entertainment as it is about the need to tell a story, share a message, or make people think. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest cinematic work,…

Tris and Four are Back on the Big Screen in Insurgent

Tris and Four are Back on the Big Screen in Insurgent

Tris and Four are back on the big screen in “Insurgent,” the second installment of the “The Divergent Series.” Following the successful intervention of Jeanine’s attempt to eradicate Abnegation using…

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