Daily Archives: August 12, 2019

Movie Review: Manga becomes Movie in Sino-Japanese epic, “Kingdom”

A Japanese manga about a mythic ancient Chinese civil war becomes a live-action Japanese feature film in “Kingdom.” It’s, in essence, a samurai sword fight film with Chinese touches and that “unified China” messaging that many a Chinese combat period … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Industrial Revolution Wales is a spooky place for “Gwen”

“Gwen” has the tenor of a spooky folk Welsh folk legend and the grasping, gasping punch of an Industrial Revolution parable. Dark, helpless, grim and bleak? It’s all a part of the windswept and gray setting of this period-perfect period … Continue reading

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LA Times asks, “Is ‘Art of Racing in the Rain” Milo’s ‘George Clooney Moment?'”

Short answer? No. Milo Ventimiglia a is a bland, if pretty, non-presence in the film. Nobody went to see it, and anybody looking for star power and charisma won’t see any sign of it from him in the movie. Whatever … Continue reading

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Surging Pay-TV Subscriber Losses have become a tidal wave

Every cable operator, all the dish services, losing subscribers to the tune of a million and a half last quarter alone. They are the newspapers of video content, profitable but dying. Quickly. Dead media walking. https://deadline.com/2019/08/u-s-pay-tv-subscriber-losses-more-than-triple-to-1-5m-in-q2-report-1202666232/

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Preview, After the Apocalypse, kids with guns rule “Monos”

A rain-soaked forest and mountain top, kids being kids, until the guns come out, the kidnapping happens and the helicopters come looking for them. This striking Alejandro Landes feature opens Sept. 13 from Neon (of course)

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Next Screening? A spooky Welsh period piece, “Gwen”

Haunted by rural farming class poverty, terrorized by… Writer-director William McGregor’s “Gwen” looks perfectly gloomy, properly spooky as only “an old folk tale” can be. It opens Friday.

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