Phil Brown

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Are You Here Review

August 21, 2014

Are You Here is a terrible movie that was made by very talented people who should know better. Continue reading

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Into the Storm Review

August 8, 2014

Into the Storm might not necessarily be a “good” movie, but it is certainly a thrilling, exciting, entertaining, and impressive one. Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Need for Speed

August 6, 2014

Need for Speed (Scott Waugh, 2014) – There are few things more thrillingly cinematic than a car chase, which is why it’s odd that so many movies based around that twisted metal movie thrill tend to be so dull. Need … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Under the Skin

August 6, 2014

Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2014) – Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin is one of those visually stunning, brain-tinglingly complex, and deeply disturbing science fiction movies that were all the rage in the 70s until Star Wars. It’s an art … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Nymphomaniac

August 6, 2014

Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Trier, 2014) – For years Lars Von Trier has threatened to smack audiences with his take on an “erotic” movie. The plucky provocateur always brought an exploitation filmmaker’s chutzpah and showmanship to his art house career, and … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Insomnia (1997)

August 6, 2014

  Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 1997) – Though sadly overshadowed by the Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan American remake, Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s Insomnia remains one of the greatest thrillers of the 90s. While Skjoldbjaerg never quite managed to deliver an adequate follow … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery

August 4, 2014

Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (1990-1992, David Lynch) – Back in the ancient days of 1990 some unbelievably brave network executives at ABC took one of the most insane risks in television history: they gave filmmaker David Lynch a TV show. … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Transcendence

August 3, 2014

Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014) – More than anything else, Transcendence is a lesson in how tone can kill a movie. The premise is goofy, the science is half-cocked, and the message is obvious. However, it is a blockbuster, so those … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: The Raid 2

August 3, 2014

The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, 2014) – The Raid: Redemption was a wonderfully nasty little action movie that came out of nowhere to tickle the shriveled hearts of fans of blood soaked entertainment in 2011. The instant cult classic was … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Noah

August 3, 2014

Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) – The most remarkable aspect of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is simply the fact that it exists. It’s not supposed to be possible for an idiosyncratic director to get a massive blockbuster budget to make a challenging … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa .5

August 3, 2014

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa .5 (Jeff Tremaine, 2014) – Part of the bizarre tradition of Jackass feature film releases is that every movie gets a DVD loaded with deleted sequences as well as a second .5 release of additional deleted … Continue reading

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Home Entertainment Review: Sleepaway Camp

August 3, 2014

Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983) – Some cult classics emerge because they are brilliant works of art that were unfairly ignored upon their initial release, while some attract loyal followings because they aren’t so much good as they are batshit … Continue reading

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The Zero Theorem Review

August 1, 2014

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is a sprawling, thoughtful mess of a movie that tosses a cavalcade of ideas (both visual and philosophical) at the audience with almost reckless abandon. Continue reading

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Fast Five: Jim Jarmusch’s Cinema of Cool

July 23, 2014

In honour of the TIFF Bell Lightbox kicking off a retrospective dedicated to one of America’s best filmmakers this week, we count down our five favourite films from the reigning king of indie coolness, Jim Jarmusch. Continue reading

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Doc of the Dead Review

July 11, 2014

Doc of the Dead might feel a couple of years too late to cash in on the zombie craze, but it’s still a fun and comprehensive look at why people are so drawn to all things undead. Continue reading

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Tammy Review

July 2, 2014

Melissa McCarthy’s first project as producer, writer, and star will most likely flop, but it’s not the abysmal failure than its curiously quiet dumping over the Fourth of July holiday in the States would suggest. Continue reading

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Edge of Tomorrow Review

June 6, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow is easily one of the best high concept sci-fi blockbusters to come along in a while. It might not be a particularly original movie, but it’s a surprisingly creative one that delivers all of the necessary thrills and spills of good popcorn fodder along with some pretty clever writing and proof that Tom Cruise still has a bit of a gas left in the tank. Continue reading

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For No Good Reason Review

May 16, 2014

Charlie Paul’s documentary For No Good Reason offers a rare, sincere, and honest glimpse into the life and times of one of the 20th century’s most distinctive artists, Ralph Steadman. Continue reading

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