I Want My VOD: February 2014

by Ethan Alter February 10, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My VOD: February 2014

Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman venture beyond the valley of the Dollhouse in the VOD feature, Lust for Love.

The Lego Movie: A Whole Lotta Awesome

by Ethan Alter February 7, 2014 6:05 am
<i>The Lego Movie:</i> A Whole Lotta Awesome

I adore The Lego Movie for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller -- the team that proved there was a great movie that could be made out of 21 Jump Street -- are obvious fans of The Matrix. And I'm not just talking about the first film in that franchise, which provides this one with its central narrative spine, i.e. an ordinary guy learning that there are worlds beyond his own and that he may be the chosen one with the power necessary to defend them from extinction. I'm also referring to the lesser-loved (undeservedly so) sequels, which venture to narrative realms and traverse thematic ground uncommon for a spectacle of its type. Not to spoil anything specific here, but The Lego Movie has more than a few strands of Reloaded and Revolutions woven into its DNA, particularly as our tiny, yellow Neo stand-in Emmett (exuberantly voiced by Chris Pratt) grasps his way towards a rousing victory as well as a state of higher consciousness about his place in a carefully constructed multi-verse.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, Febuary 4, 2014

by Ethan Alter February 4, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, Febuary 4, 2014

Matthew McConaughy and Jared Leto are about to join the club... of Oscar winners.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 28, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This is what happens when Jackasses procreate.

Indie Snapshot: On the Waterfront

by Ethan Alter January 24, 2014 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: On the Waterfront

Fed up with that Polar Vortex? Put yourself in a warm weather state of mind with the lakeside thrillers Enemies Closer and Stranger by the Lake.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 21, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tom Hanks regrets his choice of career in a big way in Captain Phillips.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 14, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Vin Diesel's Riddick rides to the rescue again.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 31, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 JGL heats NJ, OK?

Indie Snapshot: The Invisible Woman and The Past

by Ethan Alter December 26, 2013 11:43 am
Indie Snapshot: <I>The Invisible Woman</I> and <i>The Past</i>

Take a break from the multiplex with the latest art house offerings from Ralph Fiennes and Asghar Farhadi.

The Wolf of Wall Street: Never Cry, Wolf

by Ethan Alter December 25, 2013 6:05 am
<i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>: Never Cry, Wolf

Although it would be inaccurate to label The Wolf of Wall Street a sequel (direct or spiritual) to Martin Scorsese's modern-day gangster classic, Goodfellas, the connection between the two movies -- as well as the less widely-loved Casino -- is hard to miss. Structurally, for instance, Wolf, which was written by Sopranos heavyweight Terence Winter, follows its predecessor's first-person narrated account of one crook's rise and fall. It even opens with a scene that shows our "hero," dethroned financial king Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who wrote the book on which the movie is based, firmly ensconced in his high-flying lifestyle, followed by a lengthy flashback that shows us how he arrived at that point and then, once we're synced up, carrying his story through to its apocalyptic conclusion. (The exact line that serves as our gateway into the past isn't, "As far back as I remember, I always wanted to be a gangster," -- but it's close.)

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