Gravity

Curarón’s approach to filmmaking displayed in Gravity is unique and captivating. This is not a sci-fi film but rather a psychological thriller dealing with the emotions of humans when they are in a dire situation. The backdrop of space provides a fantastic environment to explore the will to survive in the face of what seems a hopeless set of circumstances. This film will leave you sweating with an elevated heart rate, but I think it is completely worth it.

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Undefeated

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It’s the summertime, and speaking from the New England area, these past several weeks have been disgustingly hot and humid. If you are like most sane people, you are probably looking for some indoor activities to escape the heat, and if you have a Netflix Instant subscription, you are in luck! You get to sit back in your (hopefully) air-conditioned home and watch one of the best stories I have seen in years: Undefeated.

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Quickie: Swimming with Sharks

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There is a special place in my heart for movies about movies. As someone who studies cinema and watches far more films than is healthy, I love a glimpse into the hot, sweaty sausage factory that produces my beloved visual art. And who could provide better insight on the movie industry than the people actually making the films? Hence, movies about movies. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all movies about movies are quality films – Tales From the Script, for example, features Hollywood writers whining at you for nearly two hours about how directors and producers and actors are all big meanies out to ruin their lives. But I digress. Swimming With Sharks, written and directed by George Huang and starring Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley, is another entry into the growing list of movies about movies, and even better, it is currently available on Netflix’s Instant Watch service. So the film is at your fingertips; is it worth your time? Read my thoughts after the jump!

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Quickie: Stoker

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Stoker marks director Chan-Woo Park’s English-language debut, after delivering such classics as Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Anyone who has seen these films knows that Park is a visionary director, but also knows that Park’s films consistently veer into dark and disturbing territory. How does Stoker fare? Read my Quickie after the jump.

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Quickie: The Purge

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James DeMonaco’s The Purge had an abundance of potential based on its premise: imagine a country in which crime was reduced exponentially because, on one night each year, there is a 12-hour period (known as The Purge) during which all crime is legal. All citizens are free to indulge in their primal instincts – murdering, raping, pillaging – and then, after their blood-lust has been sated, they go about their merry business with tranquil contentedness. It is a sufficiently creepy premise for a thriller, but it also sets itself up for some interesting social commentary. So does The Purge deliver on its prospects of greatness?

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