Movie of the Day – No Impact Man

I decided to go with another documentary for the Movie of the Day, not because I am lazy and documentaries are an easy thing to write, but rather for my enjoyment of the subject matter that they cover.  I decided to pick another social agenda topic that is probably the best case for the green movement.  Most of the green documentaries show the impact of our excess on a more global scale.  The air that is being polluted and the land that is being damaged from our agricultural impacts.  Although global scale consciousness is needed to wake people up to our Earth’s plight, I think the approach of going small-scale at a personal level to raise awareness is much more effective.

No Impact Man takes this idea of living green, reducing your carbon footprint, and generally living better to a small-scale experiment.  The documentary follows Colin Beavan and his family who make the attempt to live as green as possible in the city of New York.  We are presented with a family who lives the New York lifestyle, or the lifestyle I assume New Yorker’s have.  Lattes, shopping, and expensive dining are just some of the excesses that the family has at the start of the documentary.  Beavan wants to attempt to give that all up and live for one year with as little trash as possible.

So with their journey into the realm of walking and biking where ever they go, hitting up the farmer’s market and giving up television in full swing.  The documentary focuses on the social coping that the family goes through as a results of stopping their luxury living.  This is where I enjoy the documentary more since it begins to not only show the impact they are having on their carbon footprint, but also the effect that it has on their family.  Without TV to occupy their time, they spend more time as a family, bonding over a story of board game by candlelight or going out to the park during the daytime.  We seem them grow as a family when they decided to live their life without excess.  The documentary is strengthened by the revelations the family has when they take stock in the items they have stopped depending on.  The wife realizes her spending and daily habits can be curbed and still feel better about herself.  Beavan loses more weight and feel more alive after reducing their waste and spending.  The family is stronger together now and live a better life.

I applaud the movie for not beating us over the head with strong imagery of oil fields raping the Earth, ice caps slowly turning into water or pictures of endless rush hour traffic jams to instill this idea of needless exhaust and pollution.  You can get across the idea of living better and green but focusing your attention on the efforts of an individual or family.  The use of big images of pollution and trash just emphasizes the monumental hurdles of changing our ways.  It makes it seem more daunting than it really it is.  By chronicling one person’s effort and showing the results of that effort, you can sympathize and feel that you can actually make some sort of impact on the global problem.

The movie is available on Netflix Instant Streaming, so you know the drill…put it on your queue now.

Trailers of the Week – The Tree of Life and 13 Assassins

Another week down, another batch of trailers to talk about.  I know that the new Thor, Harry Potter and Transformer trailers were released this week.  I am sure that everyone has seen them already.  So I decided to pick up on a few trailers that are making the rounds as well from some incredibly talented directors.

The Tree of Life:

A very highly anticipated movie from a director that is rather reclusive in nature.  Terrence Malick has a career that has spanned over 4 decades, but has only directed 5 movies.  A lot of people wait in anticipation for his next film, some of which are The Thin Red Line and The New World.  His work is impressive and the trailer for The Tree of Life, is no different.  Beautiful imagery and stunning cinematography, Terrence tells the story of life and pursuit to understanding the world that we live in.  The movie looks at the life of one individual and the growth and understanding of the world and life that he will live.  We see the amazement and intriguing world through the eyes of the individual as a child.  The world is such a fascinating place to live and as we were once children, we can relate to that sentiment.  The movie progresses and the child soon sees the harsh reality of life; sickness, suffering and death.  The movie then takes us to the individual as an adult, one that essentially lost all the bewilderment that life brought and becomes another soul in the grand scheme of life.

I am eagerly awaiting this movie to come to theater.  I love everything that Terrence Malik has made and this looks like an incredibly moving story with gorgeous visuals.

13 Assassins:

If you read my review over Shogun Assassin, then you already know how I feel about this movie.  Let me tell you if you are not familiar with my love for samurai movies.  ahem….THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR.  This is a movie coming from the mind of Takashi Miike about a band of samurai assassins and their quest to kill a ruthless young Lord before he ascends to a higher standing in Feudal Japan.  The 13 Assassins know they have one shot to kill the Lord or all will be lost.  So with the stakes set high, this movie is ready to fucking kick ass.  Everything that I have heard and read about this movie is insane.  Many critics are placing this as one of the best action movies of the decade and one of Miike’s best work.  What you see in the trailer is what you will get in the movie, as the final showdown between the Lord’s army and the Assassins is a giant 45 minute action sequence.

This movie is being release TODAY!  Sadly though, only in select theaters.  (Screw you New York and Los Angeles).  Fear not though since the movie is already available OnDemand and I know what I am doing this weekend.

Movie of the Day – Sukiyaki Western Django

I am in the mood for a little western today.  Western films to me always seemed like the American answer to a lot of Samurai films.  Both genres usually deal with a lone gunman as opposed to a lone swordsman.  You usually have an oppressive sheriff or rival gang plaguing a small western town.  In samurai movies you get oppressive lords or rogue ronin warriors terrorizing a small village.  A lot of the parallels in these genre movies is more of a product of each culture that it was developed.  So as with every genre of film out there, the chance of genres being mashed together is always an exciting prospect.  Sukiyaki Western Django is a melding of both the Samurai and Western genres, with a big mix of over the top gun play and classic spaghetti western tropes.

Now Sukiyaki isn’t the first movie to do this Asian take on the Western genre.  South Korea produced a kick-ass version of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with their own The Good, The Bad, and The Weird.  I also covered the Thai throwback movie Tears of the Black Tiger, which was a mixture of spaghetti western and classical Thai action movies of the 60’s.  What I love about these Asian takes on the spaghetti western genre is that they have absolutely nothing to lose in terms of what they can do with the genre.  They can throw ridiculous shootout scenes, over the top villains and unique backgrounds to make their take on the genre their own.

The story of Sukiyaki is pretty straightforward in terms of the western genre.  The backdrop of the movie is centered around an actual historical feud between two warring clans in Japan, the Genji and Heikie clans.  So movie the movie forward to include it in the Western setting, you have two clans fighting over a particular province.  A nameless gunman waltz into town and decides to help a local prostitute to get revenge on the warring gangs for the crimes they have committed.  Naturally this gunman helps out, he intervenes in the gangs war and finally gets swept up in the huge battle.

Pretty cut and dry in terms of story line, but what the movies lacks in intricate story telling, the movie makes up for in crazy action scenes.  If there is one thing that director, cult film icon Takashi Miike, can do and that is over the top violence and action.

Sukiyaki is an incredible spectacle of action set piece after action set piece.  Miike takes the spaghetti western genre and just amps it up with ridiculous guns, samurai sword combat and just general mayhem.  The battles that takes place between both faction just progresses to a point where it become a video game and you just wanna pick up a controller and join the fray.  Overall it is the action that is the big focal point of the movie.  The setting and background set pieces are wonderful to look at and have a very simplistic, but effective western look to it.

My biggest complaint of the movie though is the acting.  Miike made the weird choice to have all their native Japanese actors and actresses speak in English, not Japanese.  What you get in the movie is just choppy and garbled line delivery from most of the actors.  They are not native English speakers, so when the movie is an homage to spaghetti westerns and it includes certain western phrases, it is not effective in the least.  Why Miike decided to go this route with shooting the movie is lost on me.  They do provide subtitles throughout the movie, so not sure why they didn’t just have the actors speak Japanese.

If you can get past the fact that the movie is spoken in English, when clearly it shouldn’t be, this is an incredibly enjoyable movie.  If you love westerns and action flicks, this film delivers it and more.  I love the mix of gun play and sword play when it comes to the final action scenes.  I think Miike does a great job in making a fun and funky western movie and always adds his little touch of flair to the movie.   Put it in your Netflix list and sit back and enjoy some crazy western movie.

Movie of the Day – Freakonomics

I wish that my 4 economics classes that I took in college were just a fraction as entertaining and insightful as Freakonomics.  While not a true look at economics, the Freakonomics book blends together pop culture or real world topics with the study of economics.  When I first got my hands on the book years back, I absolutely enjoyed all the subject matter that the author was covering and how the study of economics is applied to every day situations or scenarios.  Heck if my professor related Data Mining to cheating in sumo matches, I would be paying far more attention in class than I was.

So it’s interesting that the book Freaknomoics, turned into a film/documentary.  It doesn’t add anything new to the book.  The movie brought together several documentary filmmakers and the authors of the book to give us a story and visuals that accompany each story.  This is more for people that are visual learners, as each section of the book is discussed in the movie.  Some chapters get more coverage than the other, but the book is basically covered in the movie.  The movie has 4 parts to it, as each part is given a different filmmaker to shoot in their typical style.  The 4 main sections of the movie deal with the naming patterns of child in economic classes, cheating in sumo wrestling, the role of legalized abortion and the reduction of crime, and finally reinforcement in student teaching.

My personal favorite is the naming of children as it relates to their parents economic status.  I felt that this was presented in both an entertaining and engaging way.   While the cheating in Sumo wrestling also brought in some additional information that wasn’t present in the book.  Economics may be a boring subject to most people and the authors and filmmakers did a solid job in recreating this book to the big screen.  Each section has a differently feel and tone matched to their subject matter, but all the information presented is insightful with very funny bits of comedy interspersed during parts of conversations.  This isn’t a heavy movie to watch nor is the subject matter.  If you think of the movie more  in terms of a sociology and pop culture movie, you can learn a thing or two about how economics has its place in society.

The movie is currently available on Netflix Instant Streaming and at a brisk 87 mins long, you can’t go wrong with an engaging documentary.

Movie of the Day – The Good Shepherd

A good espionage thriller is hard to come by these days.  Most of the time the pacing is slow and there isn’t much intrigue that goes along with the story.  Movies that focus on spying and our secret agencies that protect the public, but also keep them in the dark, never really show the cloak and dagger side of espionage.  More than likely to sate the need of the audience, we see more dagger rather than cloak in espionage films.  To my delight, Robert De Niro decided to tell a story about the beginnings of our secret, counter-intelligence agency, the CIA.

The Good Shepherd tell the “untold” story of how the CIA began.  I put quotations around “untold” since there is no real official start to their beginning, which is shrouded in secrecy, much like the agency.  The movie follow the story of Edward Wilson (Matt Damon), who is based loosely on two members of the CIA.  We see the early upbringing of Wilson, briefly as a child and then to his college years.  The early childhood scene sets up the closing of the movie, where we see Edwards dad going through a difficult situation in his life and eventually takes his life.  We move on to Edwards years at Yale, where he is then tapped to join the Skull and Bones society.  He then is recruited by a FBI agent played by Alec Baldwin, to spy on his poetry professor because of possible to ties to the Nazi party.

After completing the task given by the FBI and being a member of the Skull and Bones society, Edward is approached to help in World War II by assisting with the OSS in London.  This is where Edward receives training in the art of counter-espionage.  Edward quickly learns about the underhanded dealings of information and informants, what role it plays in shifting the balance and eventually how to trust no one.

After the war ends, Edward is once again approached to utilize his skills in counter-espionage to help with a new government organization, CIA.  The story now focuses on the brewing Cold War and Edwards family life, both of which are bad at the current time.  Before the war, Edward married (Angelina Jolie plays the wife) and had a child whom he left to serve his country.  After coming back, Edward and his wife are distant with one another, but she is still kept in the dark as to what he really does.  With the Cold War tensions at their height, Edward must learn to deal with the fact his son is also joining the CIA and must make a difficult decision.  A decision that challenges his loyalty to his wife and son, but also his loyalty to the CIA.

The movie itself is not an action movie.  This is a slow, cat and mouse movie that has incredible pacing since the subject matter is generally slow.  De Niro does a great job in keeping the audience moving from scene to scene, but also keeping us engaged with the story.  Damon does a wonderful job playing a secretive and distant character.  There is never a real strong development or attachment you will have with him.  Much like theme of the movie, he is kept in shadow as to his emotions and the way he presents himself.  The Good Shepherd leans heavy on the secret nature of both the CIA and the people that comprise the movie.  All throughout the movie, the idea of trust and secrets is riddled in every scene.  Before Edwards must burn his first informant, he is told to get out while he still has a soul.  Other agents express their disdain for having to always look behind them when they walk home.  Friends are a luxury that they will never truly have.  When your life is built around a secret, who can you ever be honest too?

De Niro assembled a stellar group of supporting actors and actresses to fill in important and small roles.  Angelina Jolie, William Hurt, Joe Pesci, John Turturro, and Michael Gambon all bring their incredible skills to a great ensemble piece.  Every actor brings their little touch to their role and each play a pivotal role in Edwards life.  You don’t see many of the actor’s often in the movie.  This goes in line with the whole isolation and secrecy aspect of movie, where only Turturro and Jolie have prominent roles as the Edwards right hand man and Edwards wife.

The Good Shepherd may seem like a heavy movie, but the subject matter sheds a light on those that live in the shadows.  You feel sorry for what the characters in the movie go through.  You feel sorry that their lives are nothing but secrets and whispers.  De Niro did an amazing job with the script and directing to bring us a very tightly paced movie about a subject that not a lot of people are aware of.  We see a lot of movies that deal with spying and our secretive agencies, but those are more whiz bang action rather than story driven.

If you are in the mood for a good thriller with an engaging story and superb action, rent this on Netlfix or put it on your waiting list.

Movie of the Day – It’s All Gone Pete Tong

First, this is not a documentary in the slightest.  The movie toes the line much like the This Is Spinal Tap movie did.  Second, this is an entertaining comedy with a tragic story.  I am not sure how I really came across this movie since it looked like a documentary and it was primarily about the club music scene, the latter of which I am not terribly interested in.  So I guess curiosity got the best of me and gave the movie a view. I ended up loving every aspect of this movie.  The fake documentary style shooting, the funny talking heads that are stitched into certain points of the movie and finally the classic tragic story line.

The story of It’s All Gone follows the rise of superstar DJ Frankie Wilde, who is the premier darling of the club scene.  He is at the top of his game and could do just about anything he wanted.  Other DJ’s envy his fame and others foresee a tragic downfall for someone so callous with others.  As the movie moves into the second act of the movie, Frankie Wilde starts to have issues with his hearing.  He finds it harder to concentrate and is agitated more and more by his ear problem.  It isn’t until he goes to the doctor’s office that he is given the news that he is slowly losing his hearing.  As a DJ, you need to hear the music in order to be a musician.  He eventually loses all of his hearing and we see him spiral out of control.  After learning to cope with his hearing loss from the help of his deaf coach Penelope, Frankie begins to accept his life as a deaf person, never to be involved with music again.  It isn’t until Frankie enters a music club and observes vibrations stemming from the sound of the Flamenco dancing, that he realizes that he can hear music in a different way.  The last act is his redemption to prove to himself that he can still create music.

The story of the movie isn’t anything to write about, but the classic tragedy formula is still a main staple in film making.  The directors found a great way to balance comedy and tragedy through the use of the other DJ’s commenting on Frankie Wilde’s life.  I loved the acting by Paul Kaye, who is a English comedian and actor primarily on television.  He played the crass Frankie Wilde wonderfully and his utter decent into the bottom of his career seemed a little all to familiar.  The movie itself is worthwhile to watch.  Not necessarily a movie that is gonna make waves with its subject matter, but is very entertaining and solid movie. The visuals of the movie are picturesque with the backdrop of some of the high profile clubs and the music is fantastic as the filmmakers went to great lengths in creating an original soundtrack and giving the movie authentic feel.  The movie is not available for streaming on Netflix, so rent or find a more enterprising way of getting a hold of this movie.

Movie of the Day – Dogtooth

Alright, if you were able to make it through the trailer of this movie then read on.  If you were revolted by the trailer and the subject matter it showed, then this movie will not be for you in the slightest.  I didn’t know what I was getting into when I just decided to watch this on Netflix a few nights ago.  I remember hearing about Dogtooth being nominated for an Oscar this year and was perplexed by the entry of the Greek film.  A lot of film blogs were also perplexed by its inclusion given its graphic subject matter.  Dogtooth came out in 2009, so it took almost two years for it to garner the attention it has and this added to my intrigue.

I am not certain where I should begin with this movie.  First is the classification of the movie.  To me, this is an extremely dark “comedy”, drama, and horror movie rolled into one film.  I use horror in more of the shock value that the movie adds.  It isn’t gory, but the violence that takes place in the movie and what you see in the trailer is just visceral and real.  The shock and horror come from how casual it takes place int he movie and that is frightening.

I really can’t give a plot synopsis over the movie, since the writing style and plot jumps around a bit.  Best I can say is that the movie centers around a Greek family and their lives in isolation.  The family is comprised of a mother, father, two daughters and a son.  The mother and father have isolated the children from the outside world, basically molding their children into this deranged ideal of perfection.  The children are told that they would be able to leave the confines of the house only if their “dogtooth” comes out.  Only then will they leave the house. For a more complete synopsis click here.

My synopsis doesn’t really dive into the psychological aspects of the movie.  The parents of the children are deranged, even if they feel that they are well intentioned.  The parents want their children to fear the world and in a sense, be dependent on the parents for comfort.  The parents incorrectly teach the kids word meanings, “zombies” mean to them “a small yellow flower”.  There is even the scene with the small cat and the father explaining that it is the most dangerous creature on Earth.  The parents even control the base needs of all grown up teens or adults.  The father goes to great lengths to satisfy the sexual needs of the son by bringing in an outside female to do the deed.  The parents are striving to create perfectly dependent children.  Shaping them to fit into their life, such as the wedding anniversary scene.

It really is hard to describe this film.  A lot of the examples I have given take place at different points in the movie, so the continuity of these examples are all over the place.  Overall I found myself both engaged and shocked by the movie.  The violence, the tense family moments and just the overall tone of the movie was something that took me by surprise.  I don’t want to deter people from watching this movie.  I think everyone should view the movie at some point.  This is a great Greek film and showcases the talent that is rarely seen by most people since Greek cinema isn’t this powerhouse in the film world.  It is a beautifully shot movie and stylish.  I think the way the director frames a lot of the movie helps enhance what we see, whether that is the violence or the way the parents lord over their children.  You get scenes where the parents are bestowing some life lesson to the kids, but the framing of the scene doesn’t show the parents face, but rather a faceless entity that commands them.

I will say this movie is not for everyone.  I have seen a lot, A LOT of movies in my time and this is one where I found it uneasy to watch at certain points.  Hell I like Lars von Trier films and those are considered very difficult movies to watch, Anti-Christ being right up there in visceral movie category.  If you are feeling up to the task, Dogtooth brings to light the dysfunctional nature of families with just over the top, scathing scenes of violence.  Some describe the movie as a satire on the family structure and teachings we can bestow on young minds.  We believe that the safest place to shield us from the horrors of the outside world is with the family.  Dogtooth teaches you to fear family.

The movie is available on Netflix to stream so do yourself a favor and give it a look.  I think this is a movie that has to be experienced and talked about.

Movie of the Day – Insomnia

For movies buffs, no matter what, you have to love at least one Christopher Nolan movie.  I don’t care who you are, but there is no possible way that you can hate this man and his spectacular movie record.  Whether you were blown away by the spectacle of the Dark Knight, loved the intricate plot of Inception or love the mind-bending story of Memento, you have to have a Nolan film in your list of favorites.

One of Nolan’s less esteemed movie is Insomnia, a psychological thriller that was a remake of a 1997 Norwegian film of the same name.  Now I say less esteemed because a lot of fans of Nolan’s work, place this movie closer toward the bottom in terms of enjoyment.  From the critics standpoint, Insomnia garnered a lot of praise and holds a strong 92% rating.  Me?  I love this movie from top to bottom.  Nolan delivers a very tightly spun thriller and the Pacino drives the story along.  The supporting cast also helps round out the story of the movie both acting as counterpoints to Pacino’s character.

Insomnia follows the story of Detective Dormer, Al Pacino, who is called up to Alaska to help with the investigation of a murdered young girl.  Teamed up with his partner Eckhart, Martin Donovan, they help local law enforcements agency start their investigation.  A young rookie officer, Ellier Burr, played by Hillary Swank, is partnered with the detective and is also an admirer of Detective Dormer.  So they start investigating the grisly murder and Dormer starts feeling the effects of the constant daylight in the Alaskan town.  As we start to learn more about the murder of the young girl, we are also privy to information about Detective Dormer and a pending Internal Affairs investigation.  Dormers partner is set to testify against him and their relationship is strained.  The police plan to set up a sting to catch the killer, played by Robin Williams, and after the sting fails, a chase begins through the fog filled forest.  Dormer, feeling the effect of insomnia, shots at what we assume is the killer, but ends up hitting his partner.

Dormer tries to play it off and say that the killer was the one who shot his partner, but runs into a complication when the killer contact Dormer and threatens to go to the police with his account of the incident.  Now a mind game ensues between both Dormer and Finch, Robin Williams, where each want their crimes to disappear…

I won’t ruin the ending of the movie, but suffice to say that Nolan delivers with the suspense and drama that ensues between Pacino, Swank and Williams.  I mentioned that both characters, Swank and Williams, play as a counter balance for Pacino.  Swank’s character is a young, impressionable cop who looks up to Pacino and his history in Law Enforcement.  She strives to be everything he is, whether that is making detective or using him as a paragon for her belief in law enforcement.  Williams, is essentially what Pacino’s character is starting to become.  He wants a way out of his situation for what he has done.  In the movie, we find out the Dormer has a bit of a shady past in the way he has handled arrests and prosecution.  He begins to barter with Dormer as he knows that Dormer is the one who shot his partner and to Internal Affairs, it will seem like he did it so that Eckhart would testify against Dormer.  So William’s character Finch, starts playing on Pacino’s shady side and both look to find a way out of their situation.

The final confrontation of the movie is tense with Burr confronting Dormer with her findings and seeing her hero become a shell of himself.  Their final exchange solidifies what Burr believes in and ends the movie the best way possible.

Nolan creates a fantastic movie with a strong story line and excellent acting from his ensemble.  What gets overlooked a lot is the way the movie is shot.  The gray, dull color palette frames the affect of insomnia on Dormer.  It is like the life is sucked out of you and your surroundings and you as a viewer experiences that the visuals of the movie.  Nolan also bring his artistic eye for cinematography and framing to also enhance the visuals of the movie and make us feel the looming threat of insomnia in the movie.  The chase scene in the forest through the fog is a great example his shooting technique.  The fog is so dense that we can’t tell  what is going on, who is running in the distance, where our perspective is and we feel just like the characters in the movie.  The confusion helps add to the effectiveness of the movie and just solidifies my love for the movie.

This is currently available on Netflix Streaming, so give one of Nolan’s earlier films a look and see what makes him the top director in Hollywood.

Movie of the Day – Who Killed the Electric Car?

Well after some technical difficulties (ie drinking and going out on a Saturday night), I hadn’t thought of a movie of the day for today until I was at the gas pump filling up my 13-gallon car.  I was shocked to find out that I had just spent almost $50 dollars to fill up my tank.  So instead of posting a movie about dudes shooting other dudes or a movie where I have to read subtitles, why not a movie about some social awareness.

Who Killed the Electric Car is an absolutely wonderful documentary about the little electric car made by GM that essentially changed the game of fuel and automobiles.  A wonderful look into the history of the electric and how it was buried by the same company that championed its engineering.

The documentary does make you think about how this all played out.  A viable and efficient electric car that had a vast infrastructure behind its release and the large demand for the car.  To us, it was the saving grace for our fuel and cost woes, but for some it was seen as a gas killer and ruffled many feathers.  The documentary takes a strong look at the political pressure and clout that eventually forced GM to scrap their greatest achievement.

This documentary couldn’t be more relevant to us now in our time of high gas prices.  It makes you think about GM and why they aren’t bringing this car back into production.  Definitely give this documentary a look.

Trailers of the Week – Another Earth and The Silent House

Since I am starting to get more and more comfortable with posting a Movie of the Day.  I started thinking about branching out more within the realms of film.  I already did my first official movie review on Hanna, but now I want to start discussing and bringing attention to movies that are not in theaters yet.  So I am starting a Trailers of the Week posting to showcase a few movie trailers that have caught my eye either online or attached to the beginning of movies.

This is the first posting and hopefully I will do one every Friday from here on out.  Let’s get started!!!

Another Earth:

This movie has been gaining a lot of early buzz at film festivals.  A new, refreshing sci-fi movie to come out that isn’t about alien invasions or even intergalactic space travel.  Another Earth tells the story of, well, another earth that exists close to our earth.  Now I don’t want to get into the science of this movie and deep thoughts about parallel planets, but the trailer is absolutely effective in what it is trying to tell.  The movie seems more like human endeavor story than anything else.  In the opening of the trailer you see a scientist contacting the other earth and finding out that her parallel self is also on the other line.  The notion of wanting to know our other self on that second earth is fascinating.  The main character of the movie, questions her other life.  One in which her past decisions might have not played on the other earth.  The somber and evocative music grounds the movie to a more human interest movie.  We look at our lives and think maybe our life is different there.  Is our other life perhaps married to the woman who originally got away from us?  Am I living a different life, working a different job, or being the opposite of what I am?  I hope that this movie gets a wide release soon as I can’t stop watching the trailer again and again.  A very beautifully put together trailer and it has me on edge as to what is in store for our viewing pleasure.

The Silent House:

Now I posted before about my love hate relationship with horror movies.  I am not into the gore aspect of movies or the shock value that comes with them.  It is always refreshing to see interesting movies in the horror genre that don’t rely on gore or violence to be scary.  In comes The Silent House, a film from Argentina that was shot in 2010 is now starting to gain a lot of traction after some successful film festival showings.  The thing that makes this movie interesting is that it is a 79 minute horror movie, all shot in one continuous take.  I want you to think about that for a second, one long 79 minute take.  The sheer amount of precise acting, pacing, and directing needed to pull something like this off is staggering.  Also, the movie looks genuinely frightening.  I will be waiting for a potential distribution here and hope to enjoy this feat of film making.