Tag: drama

The Iceman (film review by Frank Ochieng).

May 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Iceman (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Director/co-writer Ariel Vromen’s ‘The Iceman’ will leave audiences cold with its chilling account of a monstrous family man whose balancing act of a level-minded head of household provider and psychotic slayer-at-large will have one scratching their befuddled noggin. Vromen’s stirring portrait of a societal menace in contract killer Richard Kuklinski (highlighted by an astounding and […]

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What Maisie Knew (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

May 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
What Maisie Knew (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

The deeply affecting ‘What Maisie Knew’ is a tyke-oriented tearjerker that works on the soul. Filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel present a disturbing drama that routinely captures the major heartache of a vulnerable child caught up in the psychological rigors of her off-the-wall parents’ divorce. There are so many threatening obstacles that can be […]

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Kiss Of The Damned (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

May 6, 2013 | By More
Kiss Of The Damned (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Writer-director Xan Cassavetes makes an ambitious yet misguided attempt to sink her teeth into the neck of the vampire vixen market courtesy of her brooding bloodsucking drama ‘Kiss Of The Damned’. Although somewhat imaginative and meditative, ‘Kiss Of The Damned’ is a syrupy macabre melodrama chopping at the sensibilities of an untapped teen scene looking […]

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At Any Price (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
At Any Price (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Writer-director Ramin Bahrani (‘Chop Shop’, ‘Man Push Cart’, ‘Goodbye Solo’) tries his farm hand at the rural drama ‘At Any Price’ as he tries to plant the seeds of despair and dysfunction regarding Midwest farmers and the corporate world that threatens their livelihood. Bahrani’s soil-and-toil saga means well but it has all the dramatic effect […]

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Mud (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Mud (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Impeccably whimsical, observational, moody and soul-searching, writer-director Jeff Nichols’s downhome drama ‘Mud’ slings its share of southern charm and tension as it presents a different kind of coming-of-age tale that radiates with absolute certainty. Triumphant and thought-provoking, ‘Mud’ also places a noteworthy stamp on the cinematic prominence of star Matthew McConaughey whose movie career has […]

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In the House (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
In the House (Frank’s Take) (film review).

French filmmaker Francois Ozon has always dipped his toes into the provocative pools of persuasion regarding various titillating subject matters. While exploring a variety of genres that ranged from employment-related satire (‘Potiche’) to psychosexual thrillers (‘Water Drops On Burning Rocks’), Ozon has maintained a targeted concentration on the sensationalistic elements of his edgy cinematic stories. […]

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Disconnect (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Disconnect (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Director Henry Alex Rubin’s (‘Murderball’) provocative and powerful cybercrime saga ‘Disconnect’ actually makes a solid connection in the cautionary fable of unpredictability regarding the computerized age of technology information. Gripping, informative, unsettling and rousing, ‘Disconnect’ is a dripping drama that weaves a cynical web regarding the way we live our lives so dependently online to […]

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The Company You Keep (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Company You Keep (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Hollywood icon and filmmaking legend Robert Redford gets right down to the real nitty-gritty as a roaring liberal lion on the run in the stilted political thriller ‘The Company You Keep’. Based on the 2003 Neil Gordon novel of the same name, Redford’s big screen adaptation wants to shrewdly delve into the radicalism involving aging […]

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The Place Beyond The Pines film review (Frank’s Take).

April 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Place Beyond The Pines film review (Frank’s Take).

Writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s (‘Blue Valentine’) thought-provoking drama of male-driven consequences in ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ is a decent meditation on angst-ridden men – particularly fathers and sons – and the responsibilities that shapes their complicated relationships and unassuming existences. It is an ambitious juggling act that Cianfrance maintains poignantly throughout most of the film. However, […]

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Blancanieves (Frank’s Take) (film review).

April 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Blancanieves (Frank’s Take) (film review).

Recently, Hollywood has had a fascination with the classic fairy tale ‘Snow White’ by ushering out showy big screen depictions of the treasured children’s fable. Among the examples of ‘Snow White’s cinematic retelling includes 2012’s ambitiously dark ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ and the flat and flimsy ‘Mirror Mirror’ from that same year. Even television […]

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