Indie Snapshot: The Raid 2

by Ethan Alter March 26, 2014 3:13 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>The Raid 2</i>

It brings me no great pleasure to report that the The Raid 2 is to The Raid as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was to the first Transformers: it's longer, flashier and bloated well past the point of tedium.

Indie Snapshot: The Raid: Redemption

by Ethan Alter March 23, 2012 5:19 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>The Raid: Redemption</i>

Wonder if Katniss knows Pencak Silat?

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

by Ethan Alter August 14, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Now that the Olympics are over, check out the deadliest sporting event out (future) Earth.

Beyond <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i>: Five Other DC Comics Superhero/Director Match-Ups We Want

When Christopher Nolan was first tapped to reboot the Batman franchise in 2005, few people could have accurately predicted how well that pairing of filmmaker and material would work out. After all, at that point, Nolan had only one big studio credit to his name (2002's Insomnia) and no experience at all in the comic book realm. But the one-two punch of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight proved that he was more than up to the task. Fusing his own specific interests with familiar Batman iconography, Nolan crafted a distinct take on the character that pleased both comic book fans and general audiences... to the tune of over $700 million at the domestic box office combined.

TWoP Goes To Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 1

by Ethan Alter January 24, 2012 12:50 pm
TWoP Goes To Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 1

Like most movie lovers of a certain age (i.e. the '90s generation), the name "Sundance" first popped up on my radar in 1992 when a little movie called Reservoir Dogs blew the doors off Robert Redford's quiet little independent film festival nestled in the mountain town of Park City, Utah. (Yes, sex, lies and videotape was technically the film that put Sundance on the map in 1989, but Dogs was my personal gateway into indie film.) Reading all the hype about Quentin Tarantino's debut feature made me want to do two things: 1.) Watch Reservoir Dogs as soon as possible, and 2.) Go to Sundance myself. Accomplishing the first task was relatively easy once the movie hit VHS (remember that?); the second took another two decades. But 20 years after Reservoir Dogs first screened, I finally made the trek to Park City, Utah for a whirlwind three day Sundance experience. In those 72 hours, I managed to see 12 movies, spoke with a number of great people and experienced both extremes of Park City's weather, from blinding snowstorms to beautiful big blue skies. Here's how things went down:

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