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The Stolen Lyric Movie (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

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The Stolen Lyric Movie (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: To all appearances, this is not so much a film as it is a stunt to set a legal precedent. An entire animated film has only fragments of rock songs comprising its audio track. The audio track is 555 song fragments legally copied from 129 rock singers. Chase Peter Garrettson writes and directs. Rating: […]

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Counter Clockwise (2016) a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

December 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Counter Clockwise (2016) a film review by Mark R. Leeper.

This is a very low budget dark comedy and Science Fiction film with some good writing and a keen sense of irony. It has just basic production values to call attention to itself. The film is directed by George Moise from a script he co-authored with Michael Kopelow, who plays the main character. Some of […]

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Arrival (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Arrival (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Twelve alien craft land at apparently random locations on the Earth’s surface. This creates a dangerous situation that could lead to a third world war. A linguist and a physicist are more or less drafted to head up a team trying to find why these apparently alien craft are here. Amy Adams gives a compelling […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Jake’s grandfather, thought to be suffering from dementia, tells the most fantastic stories of his fighting of monsters during WWII from an island off Wales. These stories lead Jake to the island and there he holds the balance of power in a war between children with strange special powers and supernatural villains. The plot is […]

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The Monster (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Monster (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Bryan Bertino directs ‘The Monster’, a suspenseful horror film about a mother and daughter stranded at night on a deserted road. Their car is besieged by what might be a wounded wolf or what might be what wounded it. They have a very dysfunctional relationship and, with flashbacks, we learn why. This film is an […]

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Shin Godzilla (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shin Godzilla (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Japan assesses its relation to the rest of the world and its relation to itself and its culture in a reboot of the classic Japanese series. This is the most serious ‘Godzilla’ film since the first and’ except for the novelty the first film had, this would probably be the best ‘Godzilla’ film ever made. […]

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The Windmill (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Windmill (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

[Note: this review contains minor spoilers.] Eight or so tourists, each flawed, take the same one-day sightseeing excursion from Amsterdam. When the bus breaks down, they have to deal with friction among themselves and what may be a supernatural menace from a nearby windmill that may be a legendary evil place from folklore. Nick Jongerius […]

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Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Event (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Event (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Fast-paced and amusing, ‘Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Event’ is a Japanese animated fantasy action film aimed seemingly at children but in Japan probably has a following of all ages and is based on a video game. The hero of the stories is a boy who can use a watch to see invisible spirits, mostly friendly, […]

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Retrospective: Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

October 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Retrospective: Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

Prior to 1950, Science Fiction was a rarity in film. There was pulpish Science Fiction such as in the serials and ‘Dr. Cyclops’ and there was ‘Things To Come’ (1936), which in spite of some very imaginative visuals, was a little talky and didactic. Then in the ten years from 1950 to 1959, Science Fiction […]

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Now We’re Alive (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

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Now We’re Alive (2016) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

A man searches two worlds for the woman he loves. In Tom’s world. a man begins looking for a wife by only the sound of her voice. On his 25th birthday, he chooses a wife born the same day as himself by the sound of her reading. Due to a strange ritual, all Tom knows […]

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