This Week’s Films (01/06/14)

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Jedi Junkies (2010)Jedi Junkies

Star Wars isn’t just a series of films. It’s an indelible part of the last thirty years of American culture, going far beyond mere entertainment. For some, its become a way of life. Join us as we profile a unique group of individuals whose love of Star Wars goes well beyond mere movie fan. The Jedi Junkies is a fun, affectionate and funny look at a series of people whose personal and professional lives were changed forever by this incredible franchise.

Verdict: 6/10

PrimerPrimer (2004)

Two small time engineers trip upon an invention that far surpasses their aspirations.

Verdict: 6/10

The Brood (1979)Brood

From famed writer-director David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone, The Fly, Scanners)comes a chillingly twisted masterpiece of psychological horror. Oliver Reed (Gladiator) and Samantha Eggar (The Astronaut’s Wife) star in this shocking, intense thriller about how misdirected rage can literally take on a life of its own. Behind the walls of his secluded Somafree Institute, Dr. Hal Raglan (Reed) experiments with “Psychoplasmics,” a controversial therapy designed to help release pent-up emotions in his patients. He keeps his star patient Nola (Eggar) in isolation, but as she vents her fury during their sessions, brutal murders befall the people she’s angry with outside the institute. What is the connection between Raglan’s methods and these monstrous killings? The answer will unleash a whole new breed of terror!

Verdict: 7/10

TillerAfter Tiller (2013)

A moving exploration of one of today’s most incendiary topics, the film thoughtfully & compassionately documents the only 4 remaining doctors in the US who risk their lives daily to provide women with the late abortion services they need.

Verdict: 8/10

Quiet City (2007)Quiet City

Jamie is 21. She’s from Atlanta. She’s come to Brooklyn to visit her friend Samantha, but she can’t find her. Jamie meets a stranger named Charlie on the subway and spends 24 hours hanging out with him.

Verdict: 7/10

The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Enter a dazzling world of fantasy in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,Director Terry Gilliam’s magical adventure tale starring Heath Ledger in his last film role along with Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. In exchange for extraordinary powers, Dr. Parnassus (Plummer)makes a deal with the Devil to turn over any child of his when they turn sixteen. But as his daughter Valentina’s (Lily Cole) birthday approaches, a mysterious stranger (Ledger) arrives with the power to change everything. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!

Verdict: 7/10

Foolish Wives (1922)Foolish Wives

As artistically brilliant as it is gleefully perverse, Foolish Wives is Erich von Stroheim’s epic-scale account of an American diplomat’s wife (Miss Dupont) who falls under the spell of a phony Russian Count (von Stroheim). With his trademark eye for visual metaphor and gritty detail, von Stroheim infuses the artistocratic splendor of Monte Carlo (rebuilt in all its majesty on the Universal backlot) with an air of moral depravity. The result is a Grimm’s fairy tale romance that is no less fascinating today than it was 80 years ago.

Verdict: 8/10

Resident EvilResident Evil (2002)

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Verdict: 4/10

Don’t Drink the Water (1994)Don't Drink the Water

Ever-popular Michael J. Fox (MARS ATTACKS!, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT) and Woody Allen (SMALL TIME CROOKS, DECONSTRUCTING HARRY) star in this hilarious comedy where an outrageous mix-up labels an unsuspecting family of American tourists as a notorious ring of spies! The Hollanders are enjoying their trip behind the Iron Curtain until Walter (Allen) innocently snaps a picture of the sunset … over a politically sensitive area! Before he knows it, his family is the focus of a major international espionage incident! Forced to seek refuge at the American Embassy — it’s up to the Ambassador’s diplomatically inept son (Fox) to keep the Hollanders from landing behind bars! With Mayim Bialik (BEACHES, TV’s BLOSSOM), Dom DeLuise (ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS) and Julie Kavner (DECONSTRUCTING HARRY, TV’s THE SIMPSONS) in a great cast of familiar faces — you’ll laugh along with the hapless Hollanders as they find out just how hard it is to get around the Iron Curtain!

Verdict: 6/10

TaxidermiaTaxidermia (2006)

Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.

Verdict: 7/10

Dinner Rush (2000)Dinner Rush

Danny Aiello and John Corbett bring the behind-the-scenes drama of a NYC Italian restaurant to life through an exciting tale of gangsters and gourmet food.

Verdict: 8/10

8.5 Women8½ Women (1999)

Following the death of a mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching 8½  (1963).

Verdict: 6/10

The Crimson Rivers (2000)Crimson Rivers

When Commissaire Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno), France’s leading serial killer investigator, is called to investigate a grisly murder, he enters a world of secrets, lies and unthinkable horrors. The dead, whose hands and eyes have been removed, are clues to a terrible tradition the killer can no longer bear. Each murder means something more; each victim, a guilty conspirator in a grand immoral experiment. Filled with blood-chilling suspense, twisted turns and breathtaking locations, this tense thriller has the style, action and intelligence to keep you wondering what’s really happening right up until the shocking conclusion.

Verdict: 7/10

Asexual(A) Sexual (2011)

Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals – people who experience no sexual attraction – struggle to claim their identity.

Verdict: 6/10

The Ninth Gate (1999)Ninth Gate

Johnny Depp is hired by a satanic worshipper posing as a demonology scholar to locate two rare volumes of a satanic invocation.

Verdict: 5/10

A Room in TownA Room in Town (1982)

A film musical in which every line is sung. The frame is about workers during a strike. They also prepare and perform a demonstration. Two personal relations develop against this background…

Verdict: 7/10

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

Verdict: 8/10

The Green HornetThe Green Hornet (2011)

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a slacker by day, party animal by night… until he finds a serious career that?s seriously cool: crime-fighting action hero. As the Green Hornet, he teams up with gadget wiz and martial arts master Kato (Jay Chou) to take down LA’s underworld. Also starring Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz.

Verdict: 5/10

Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)Ugetsu

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Verdict: 9/10

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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