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The Weekend 5

  • Heathers:’ An Oral History.
  • Mojo’s 100 greatest music movies. (For a far less comprehensive check out my Top 10)
  • Is watching movies too hard, or are audiences getting soft?
  • Exactly how Garden State’-y is Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was There’ trailer?
  • Trailer of the Week: Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces

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The Weekend 5

  • 20 years after his death, is there anything left to say about Kurt Cobain’s legacy?
  • The 43 most overused movie tropes.
  • The most powerful piece of film criticism ever written, according to The Atlantic’s Noah Berlatsky.
  • Calculate how much time you have wasted watching TV. (thanks Tilmann!)
  • Trailer of the Week: Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida

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Geung Si aka Rigor Mortis (Hong Kong 2013)

1 out of 5

A severely depressed actor moves into a worn down apartment complex in order to commit suicide in peace but gets far more than he bargained for. Vampire zombies, murder, excessive CGI effects, and mundane action sequences abound. Rigor Mortis is derivative and utterly lackluster, paying homage to the Hong Kong Vampire films that I am frankly unfamiliar with. It aspires to be a horror action drama and fails in all accounts.

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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3.5 out of 5

Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is making a very meager living as a folk singer in early 1960’s Greenwich Village right at the brink of the folk explosion. Llewyn has no place to call home and lives from one gig to the next with nothing tangible to hold on to. Inside Llewyn Davis captures a turbulent week that unfolds like many others in his life: with a sprinkling of a few shows among many discontents.

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Al Midan aka The Square (Egypt/USA 2013)

4 out of 5

Al Midan follows a group of young revolutionaries who are standing up against the corrupt, violent regime that has ruled over Egypt for decades. These individuals are risking their life to benefit their countries’ future and it is happening in Tahrir Square which has become an urban battleground. The film follows the revolutions’ beginning in 2011, when the activists experienced a brief moment of hope when Mubarak stepped down, and follows them handling the very messy aftermath which is still going on to this day. Al Midan shows history in the making, and these inspiring people are sacrificing everything they have for a common cause; their commitment is a testament to the human spirit. (Full disclosure: Though I found the film to be captivating, I had to leave 20 minutes before the film ended.)

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Unfriend (Philippines 2014)

0.5 out of 5

David (Sandino Martin) has just been left by his boyfriend via facebook. David is at his wits’ end and will do anything to get him back. Unfriend is shockingly inept; a film that is astounding to see at such an acclaimed festival. The plot, production values, and acting are asinine and there are no redeeming features to speak of. The quality of the film is no more apparent than in the last sequence which strives to be dramatic but is simply laughable.

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