Movie Review of Strength and Honor

Directed by: Mark Mahon
Running time: 98 minutes
Release date: 2007 (Ireland), NYIIFVF Premiere September 21, 2008 (USA)
Genre: Drama, Foreign and Action

The tagline on this tough yet tender Irish movie is “the battle of good versus evil.” This is a story of a single father, who once was a professional boxer. He decides to break his dying wife’s last wish to not fight again after accidently killing his opponent in the ring. Only the love for his son could make him go back on his word. Read more of the review here

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Movie review of Battle in Seattle Directed by Stuart Townsend

Directed by: Stuart Townsend
Running time: 1 hr. 39 mins.
Release date: September 19, 2008 (limited)
Genre: Drama and Politics, Action/Adventure and Religion
Distributor: Redwood Palms Pictures & THINKFilm
MPAA Rating: R

From November 29 to December 3, 1999, civil disorder plagued Seattle, Washington as the World Trade Organization (WTO) held its conference. WTO protesters campaigned for causes ranging from environmental issues to animal rights. Protests occurred each day by consumer advocates, labor unions, students, anarchists and pacifists- some became violent. Over 500 people were arrested. While there were no deaths, 89 people were hospitalized for injuries. On November 29, 2008, Mayor Paul Schell declared a state of emergency, resulting in a police action to enforce a limited curfew in part of downtown Seattle and mobilizing Washington State National Guard to keep the peace. The unrest delayed the WTO meeting by over 5 hours.  Read rest of review here

The Pool movie review, new independent film from Chris Smith

Gerald reviews The Pool directed by Chris Smith (director of American Movie, American Job, and The Yes Men)

The Pool is a cultural class portrait of a young man coming of age under adverse conditions. This film is based on Randy Russell’s short story by the same title dealing the everyday problems of working and getting ahead in life. As in movies that are written and directed by Chris Smith such as American Movie ( a 1999 comedic documentary about a Midwestern filmmaker’s effort to make an independent film) and The Yes Men (another spoof about anti-corporate activist pranksters setting up a website while impersonating and targeting the World Trade Organization) The Pool is a neorealistic tale. However, this time Chris Smith sets his movie in India. Read the rest of the review here

Coverage of The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Latinbeat series

This week Gerald is doing some fantastic coverage of the great 2008 line-up at this week’s Latinbeat film series.

Coverage of Kill Them All:

The film Kill Them All is based on real life events. In the film, a Uruguayan human rights prosecutor in post-junta Montevideo, Julia Gudari (Roxana Blanco) must investigate her own family’s involvement in the country’s military past after the covered-up kidnapping of a notorious Chilean biochemical engineer. Read more here

Coverage of The Sky, The Earth and The Rain (Le Ciel, La Terre et La Pluie)

The Sky, The Earth and The Rain is intentionally slow, however stunning. This eerily beautiful film is set in southern Chile, where the landscape of isolation, driving rain, waving grasses and deserted seashores is the setting for a story about four people. Read the rest of the review here

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film

For the legions of admirers he left behind, the late summer months can be a melancholy time.  As chatter about this year’s team begins to pick up around barbecues and bars again, as the faint buzz of college campuses stirring back to life slowly begins to rise, as media outlets swarm like locusts to the unimpressive facilities of otherwise unknown towns for up-to-the-minute reports from training camps nationwide, it can only mean one thing: football season is starting again.  And with it, the bemoaning wails of a rudderless counter-culture movement once again.  Read Rosie’s review here

Coming to theatres Friday “Frozen River.” We have a movie review by Gerald- will this be a future Academy Award recipient?

Wow, Frozen River, written and directed by Courtney Hunt, really sounds like it has phenomenal acting. Read Gerald’s advance review of this new indie film (it comes out August 1st) here.

Frozen River is the story of two women from different worlds with similar desperate circumstances who are lured by fast money. They become involved in a plan to smuggle illegal goods and illegal aliens over the New York and Quebec border across the St. Lawrence frozen river days before the Christmas holidays. Read the rest of the review here

Movie Review of new indie film release Boy A

Gerald writes today about upcoming indie film release “Boy A” directed by John Crowley

Directed by: John Crowley
Running time: 100 minutes
Release date: July 23, 2008 (NY) & July 25, 2008 (LA)
Genre: Drama
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Loosely based on the real life 1993 murder of the 2 year old boy named James Bulger in England, Boy A is a fictionalized story of one of the two young criminals who committed a similar horrific crime against a very young girl. Is it possible that 10 year olds can be considered sociopathic killers? If so, can they be rehabilitated? Read the rest of the review here