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Interstellar (2014): a film review by Mark R. Leeper (film review).

November 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Interstellar (2014): a film review by Mark R. Leeper (film review).

With the depth and complexity of a Science Fiction novel, Christopher Nolan brings ‘Interstellar’ to the screen, based on an original screenplay he wrote with his brother, Jonathan. As the last-ditch effort of our dying civilization, a mission is sent through a wormhole to another galaxy in an effort to find an Earth-like planet to […]

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Wake Wood (2009) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Wake Wood (2009) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

This is a reworking of W. W. Jacobs’s story ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ crossed with a bit of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’. A young couple bereaved over the loss of their daughter a year earlier moves to an Irish village. Apparently, the natives of the village have some sort of pagan rite that will allow them to […]

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Drive Hard (2014) (film review: Mark’s take).

September 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Drive Hard (2014) (film review: Mark’s take).

A former car racer, now a driving instructor, finds himself an involuntary getaway driver when a phony student robs a bank. You have probably seen it all before, but the witty repartee between the mysterious criminal and his hapless victim does keep things on an entertaining level. Cult director Brian Trenchard-Smith, directs and co-authors a […]

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Field Of Lost Shoes (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2014).

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Field Of Lost Shoes (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2014).

‘Field Of Lost Shoes’ recounts the story of the 1864 Civil War battle of New Market. In Virginia, this battle is remembered primarily because student-cadets from the nearby VMI were pressed into service to fight the battle with some laying down their lives. Sean McNamara directs a script by Thomas Farrell and Dave Kennedy. Some […]

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The Scribbler (2014) (film review) (Mark’s take).

September 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Scribbler (2014) (film review) (Mark’s take).

A woman with multiple personality disorder is sent to a half-way house to submit to a cure that will ‘burn away’ her unwanted personalities. As soon as she arrives, there is a rash of suicides and the woman is questioned by two police who think her the cause of the deaths. Is one of her […]

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Septic Man (2013) (film review).

August 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Septic Man (2013) (film review).

A sewage worker will get a large reward if he goes into the sewer to fix a bad water contamination problem. But he never guessed all that is going on under his feet. Some of the same team who created the very original ‘Pontypool’ (2008) is back, though it is with an idea not so […]

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Aftermath (2012) – a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Aftermath (2012) – a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

Nine survivors of an international nuclear war make their way to a cellar where they hope they can be relatively safe. Luckily, a doctor among them is able to give them the basic instructions of what to do to stay alive. But there are other survivors outside who are willing to fight their way into […]

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Particle Fever (2014) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Particle Fever (2014) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Back in the 1960s, people could appreciate and enjoy scientific accounts of the space program even if they did not understand all the technicalities. ‘Particle Fever’ is a science documentary for our time. The viewer does not need to have a scientific background to appreciate and enjoy this account of scientists trying to uncover the secrets […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) (film review – Mark’s take).

July 13, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) (film review – Mark’s take).

With a story that asks once again ‘why can’t we all get along?’ we have the special-effects-laden account of human epidemic survivors coming into conflict with apes of human-level intelligence. More intelligence and less fighting could have made this a better film. Rating: low +2 (-4 to +4) or 7/10 ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of […]

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Rigor Mortis (2014) – a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

June 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Rigor Mortis (2014) – a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

A victory of visual images over plotting, ‘Rigor Mortis’  is Hong Kong director Juno Mak’s premier film and a tribute to Hong Kong horror films from the 1980s. An actor rents a room in a supremely ugly concrete apartment block. His plan is to commit suicide, but the supernatural world is not through with him. […]

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