Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Captain America: Civil War
Releases May 6th, 2016 (US)
2 hr 26 mins
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Trailer:

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Cast:
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther
Paul Bettany as Vision
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man / Giant-Man
Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13
Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
William Hurt as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo

Review by Anont C.

Starting the phase-three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War is the superhero movie that all audiences would want to see this year. Directed by both Anthony and Joseph Russo, the movie delivers a satisfying action-pack superhero movie battles that all audiences would appreciate and would become one of the memorable movies to come.


Continuing from the stories of Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and Ant-man, the movie follows-up the stories from all of these movies to tie in to one story that has been build up for this specific movie. Using elements from the hit story line from the pages of Marvel comic books, Civil War (written by Mark Millar, and art by Steve McNiven) the movie puts both Captain America and Iron man against each other over each other's ideology of the Superhero registration act. While not exactly an exact adaptation from the comic book's original resources, it does uses influence from the pages of the story. This movie would also be the starting point for phase-three, as many of its plots may follow-up in to the various upcoming Marvel cinematic movies as well.

Both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., lead with a performances for this movie with the rest of the cast in a stunning viewing experiences for all audiences members -- whether you're a comic book fan or not. You will see many familiar faces from the previous Marvel movies return, plus new ones like Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther; along with the one that many fans of all ages have been waiting to see, Tom Holland as Spider-man. All of the casts have been separated in to two teams for both Captain America and Iron man, to battle out each other for superiority over one another, and deliver the most enjoyable experiences you'll get at the movie this year.

While not to give away too much, this would definitely be one of the most highly recommended movie to watch this year; it has a great story-telling along with amazing performances from the whole casts, to make it one of the most memorable superhero movie of all time. The movie will deliver a satisfying experiences for all movie-goers, and perhaps set a higher standard for all superhero team-up movies for the future to come. Overall, this is one movie you don't want to miss; and if you are a fan of the Marvel cinematic movies, this will be the movie to set the tone as the starting point for phase-three.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Monday, April 25, 2016


We are extremely excited to be offering FOUR lucky winners each a pair of 1 day passes (good for any day) to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con!  2016 will be their second year in Atlantic City, New Jersey and their guest list just added actress Ming-Na Wen known for her role as Melinda May in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..  Besides her, other guests include Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) and more.  Comic creators include veteran artist Bob Petrecca, Bomb Camp and more.  The convention will be May 13th - 15th, 2016.



To enter the contest:

1. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
2. Tweet - who are you looking forward to see most at ACBC using @Geekwithmak @DoACBC and hashtag #ComicCon #PopCulture
3. Comment below your full name as well as your Twitter handle and your answer for #2.

Contest ends May 2nd 2016 10pm ET.  Travel and accommodations not included.  Contest open to US residents only.



For more info on the convention include directions, guests, panels and more, visit their site here: 

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Mr. Church
Released April 22nd 2016 (TriBeCa Film Festival premiere)
1 hr 44 mins
Rated PG-13
Drama

Trailer:


Director: Bruce Beresford
Writer: Susan McMartin

Cast:
Eddie Murphy as Henry Joseph Church
Britt Robertson as Charlotte "Charlie" Brody
Natalie Coughlin as Young Charlotte
Natascha McElhone as Marie
Xavier Samuel as Owen
Lincoln Melcher as Young Owen
Lucy Fry as Poppy
Christian Madsen as Larson
Mckenna Grace as Izzy
Lincoln Melcher as Young Owen
Thom Barry as Frankie Twiggs

Review by Stephen M.

Mr. Church is a harm warming story of a cook who goes by Mr Church (Eddie Murphy) that enters the lives of a mother and daughter at the request of the mother's ex-boyfriend now deceased who was also the employer of Mr Church.  His commitment was for six months wound up being years making it a tale of family, friendship and the bonds that develop over time.  To say that the movie had several tear jerking moments would not be an exaggeration.  Eddie Murphy shows that in the right movie he still is one of Hollywood's best veteran actors even when it's not in a comedic film.


One of the strengths of the movie is the amazing performances by all of the cast.  Besides Eddie, I also enjoyed Brittany Robertson and Natascha McElhone.  As I have said the film is one brimming with emotions and in some parts physicality in displaying illness and the cast did a phenomenal job.  The only fault I would find with the film is the length of the story telling.  1 hr 44 mins is not really long for a featured film however the pacing at times dragged a little considering the Director's detail to the transition in the daughter's life from child to teenager to young adult.

Overall I highly recommend the film which is till playing at the TriBeCa Film Festival.  In fact we have a single ticket to give away for Sunday evening performance (6:30pm).  Just comment below your full name and favorite Eddie Murphy film and why and a winner will be randomly selected by 11pm ET tonight.  If you don't win I would still recommend going perhaps with a box of tissues even.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Friday, April 22, 2016


A Hologram for the King
Releases April 22, 2016 (Limited)
1 hr 37 mins
Rated R
Drama

Trailer:

Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Tom Tykwer (Based on book by Dave Eggers of same name)

Cast:
Tom Hanks as Alan Clay
Alexander Black as Yousef
Sarita Choudhury as Zahra
Sidse Babett Knudsen as Hanne
Ben Whishaw as Dave
Tom Skerritt as Ron
Tracey Fairaway
David Menkin as Brad 
Rolf Saxon as Joe Trivoli

Jay Abdo as Dr. Hadad

Review by Anont C.

When your company has sent you to another country to make a business deal with the leader of another country, that can be quite a challenge. However, for Tom Hanks' case the bar is raise, when he'll have to go to Saudi Arabia to make a business negotiation deal with the King of Arabia himself; and adding to the pressure, he'll have to successfully make the deal, in order to support for his daughter's college tuition. 


Starring Tom Hanks, A Hologram for the King, is an example of a movie of a 'fish out of water' type; adjusting to the cultural difference in Saudi Arabia, while at the same time, dealing with a series of frustration on business negotiation. The movie itself delivers a great performance by Tom Hanks and his co-stars, as they all create a great ensemble cast that performed well on their narrative story, as well as the comedy and romance throughout the movie. What make this 'fish out of story' a unique one is the performance by Tom Hanks, as he displayed a great characteristic of a guy who's unfamiliar with the traditions of Saudi Arabia, and deliver a great performance of comedy -- with the display of emotional stress, deterioration of the body, and homesickness. 

The movie also shows a great deal of cultural difference throughout the entire movie, you would also see various values & traditions that makes Saudi Arabia a respectable place for their culture. Because of that aspect as a plot device, you can expect to see Tom Hanks' character go through a tough time to adjust, and raising-the-bar on his stress level throughout the movie in a comedic fashion. The movie will put you in the shoes of Tom Hanks' character, in order to empathize for him and his situation -- as well as the series of frustration that will deliver a great laugh for the audiences. 

While this movie may have an interesting concept for a 'fish out of water' story, it doesn't standout to be another of Tom Hanks' classic hit. You may enjoy his performances and the idea on the story, but it can be overshadowed by many of Tom Hanks' past performance movies. But do check out the movie if you are a Tom Hanks fan, as it may peak you're interest on the plot of the movie -- or if you just want to see comedy movie in general.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Monday, April 18, 2016


Here are our picks this week of free screenings coming up in the North East!

NYC (Free) Screening of The Armor of Light 4/28 6pm w/ Q&A

The Armor of Light Trailer:


Newark, NJ (Free) Screening of documentary Black Friday - 4/27 6:30pm


Black Friday Trailer:


Providence, RI (Free) Screening of Everybody Wants Some - 4/20 6:30pm

Everybody Wants Some Trailer:



NYC (Free) Screening of short film Jewels from The DOME Project - 5/3 7pm
Q&A follows, pizza and refreshments provided after the short film (12 Mins).

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Bad Rap
Released April 16th 2016 (TriBeCa Film Festival)
1 hr 22 mins
Not Rated
Documentary, Music

Trailer:

Director: Salima Koroma

Cast:
Awkwafina
David "Lyricks" Lee
Richard "Rekstizzy" Lee
Jonathan "Dumbfoundead" Park

Plot:
BAD RAP follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers trying to break into a world that often treats them as outsiders. Sharing dynamic live performance footage and revealing interviews, these artists make the most skeptical critics into believers.

From battle rhymes of crowd-favorite Dumbfoundead to the tongue-in-cheek songs of Awkwafina, the unapologetic visuals of Rekstizzy to conflicted values of Lyricks, the film paints a memorable portrait of artistic passion in the face of an unsung struggle.

Review by Stephen M.

Bad Rap is a documentary that focuses on four Asian American rappers trying to reach the next level of stardom.  They each have a small following but are trying to break into an industry in which Asians are not known for and often ignored for the traditional masculine typed African Americans as the movie explains.  The story which started as a graduated thesis for Director Salima, is transformed into a thoughtful well spoken marching song for Asian American rappers.



One the things that the documentary does very well is not only giving us the struggles of the rappers as Asian Americans but actually some history of Asian American rappers that preceded them like the Mountain Brothers and Jin MC.  What I would have liked to see more of is the backgrounds of Rekstizzy and Awkwafina.  We get interviews with both Dumbfoundead and Lyrick's moms but none of the other two as to their growing up and dealing with their family on their career choice and listening to rap music.  I had a chance to speak to Awkwafina as we exited the theater and she mentioned that they did interview her grandmother but that didn't make the cut of the film.



What I also enjoyed about the film is the Director's use of interviews and recorded performance footage.  The way it was woven together and even the camera work in the interview from zooming in and out focusing on various parts of the interviewees added to the messages and was very well done.  The interviews with the four music industry reps was insightful and honest which gave us an outside look at the rappers without the stereotypical views.

The rappers themselves couldn't have been better selected in giving us four very different personalities as well as four very different levels in their journey in their rap career.  Dumbfoundead as the elder of the four as far as experience naturally gets slightly more screen time.  But the filmmakers allocates more than enough time to tell the story of the three as well.



Overall I enjoyed the film as an Asian American that enjoys rap music.  Even if you are neither of these categories the film is an interesting look at breaking down cultural stereotypes and of the struggles of budding musicians in a musical genre which they are overlooked.  Give this film a chance and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

The remaining shows at the TriBeCa Film Festival are as follows.  Make sure you catch one if you are into good documentaries or a fan of music.

Monday, April 18, 9:30 PM at Regal Cinemas Battery Park 1
Wednesday, April 20, 3:45 PM at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 5
Saturday, April 23, 2:45 PM at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's been a long while since when people ask "What's in your wallet?", you can answer Marvel MasterCard.  They last offered a Marvel credit card way way back in 1996, of which you can read about here.  Marvel announced with Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) the new cards that also quite a few interesting benefits if you're a Marvel fan.  The most interesting benefit currently, for a limited time is all card members are entered into a drawing for all expenses paid trip for two to the Dr Strange premiere in Los Angeles!

Some of the bonuses include discounts at the Marvel online shop as well as Marvel Unlimited digital comics.  Shopping at the Marvel online shop and booths actually yields you 3% cash back and 1% all other purchases.  As well when you first sign up you get $25 statement credit after your first purchase.  Some of the downside is that the APR is kind of high, as well $25 sign up bonus is kind of low.


You can apply here.  Keep in mind the responsibility of owning a credit card and the debt that can ensue.  We do not endorse them or are paid to talk about them.  We do only because they're cool!  Personally I love the Captain America's shield one.  Which is your favorite?



So what's in your wallet and will you make it Marvel?


For a full list of benefits and fees, visit their site above in the link provided before.  

Monday, April 11, 2016


Advance Screening!

We are giving away a pair of passes to see Captain America: Civil War for an early screening May 5th 2016 7pm for each of the following three cities:  New York City, Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL.  For New York and Orlando, the movie will be in IMAX 3D.

Each pass is guaranteed, no waiting on ridiculously long lines and getting shut out.  Contest begins midnight 4/11 and ends 5/1 midnight ET.  Make sure to enter the contest for the CORRECT city below.  Good luck!

New York IMAX 3D - AMC Loews 34th Street 14 - 312 W 34th Street, New York, NY
Atlanta, GA 2D - AMC Parkway Pointe 15 - 3101 Cobb Pkway Suite 201, Atlanta, GA
Orlando, FL IMAX 3D - AMC Universal Cineplex 20 - 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

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Trailer:

Friday, April 8, 2016


Mr Right
Releases April 8th, 2016 (limited)
1 hr 33 mins
Rated R
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Trailer:

Director: Paco Cabezas
Writer: Max Landis

Cast:
Sam Rockwell as Mr. Right/Francis
Anna Kendrick as Martha
Tim Roth as Hopper
RZA as Steven
James Ransone as Vaughn
Anson Mount as Richard Cartigan
Michael Eklund as Johnny Howl
Katie Nehra
Alec Rayme as Sniper

Review by Stephen M.


Mr. Right is not your typical romantic comedy especially when both parties are not quite right in the head.  Anna Kendrick plays as Martha, whose down in the dumps after catching her boyfriend cheating on her.  She has a chance encounter with Francis played by Sam Rockwell who is an assassin that assassinates the people who hires him.  Yes, they both have issues which makes this the kind of quirky film you would like to take on a date.


Great actors, great premise, what could go wrong with a film like this?  Unfortunately quite a bit.  I think the biggest problem I have with the film is Anna's character which is a bit of a letdown as I am a huge fan of her movies.  There is something about her character that feels disingenuous.  Perhaps the filmmakers intended that to be the case, as the old saying goes that it takes a nut to love a nut?   Even Sam's character, which we know is off from both his actions to his offer mentor saying so, just doesn't feel right for the character that he is pulling off.  The entire plot is fairly pointless so that also adds to dilemma of trying to like it more but how can you?


Overall, while the film has its minuses, it still is a fun sick ride of action and humor if you don't take the film and the characters too seriously.  The film to me is like Deadpool but less well put together with less violence and raunchiness.  There is enough humor and action though that still makes this enjoyable especially as a matinee as a date movie.  The film is definitely not Anna's or Sam's best movie, but they're a fun pairing and deserves a shot albeit not at full price.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars


Thursday, April 7, 2016


Hardcore Henry
Releases April 8th, 2016
1 hr 36 mins
Rated R
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Official Site: http://www.stxmovies.com/hardcorehenry/

Trailer:

Director: Ilya Naishuller
Writers: Ilya Naishuller; Will Stewart (additional writing by)

Cast:
Sharlto Copley as Jimmy
Danila Kozlovsky as Akan
Haley Bennett as Estelle
Tim Roth as Henry's Father
Andrei Dementiev as Slick Dmitry
Svetlana Ustinova as Olga the Dominatrix (as Sveta Ustinova)
Darya Charusha as Katya the Dominatrix
Oleg Poddubnyy as Yuri
Jack Hahn as Young Bully #1
Cyrus Arnold as Young Bully #2
Jake Karlen as Young Bully #3
Will Stewart as Robbie
Ilya Naishuller as Timothy
Martin Cooke as Marty (as Martin J. Cooke)
Sergey Chekrygin as Parking Lot Security (as Sergei Chikrigin)

Plot Summary:
  Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... Written by STX Entertainment

Review by D. Hicks:

  If you don't know what a "first person shooter" is, a "First Person Shooter" refers to a video game where everything is told from your perspective where the point of view is that you shoot guns, swing swords, what have you. The games that use this viewpoint of story telling are games like "Doom", "Wolfenstein", "Call of Duty", "Battlefield", etc. 

  If you don't like those experiences or a shaky camera view like "Blair Witch Project" or handheld filmed films. Then pass on this film.


  The film is told from a first person perspective, and gets pretty crazy. Just watch the trailer. It is the story of a man trying to get back to his wife, who was kidnapped by the mysterious "Akan" (played in a psychotic evil genius way by Danila Kozlovsky). The whole film is chock full of action, explosions, gun fights, and all forms of violence. But the whole film is told as if you were seeing all of this from your viewpoint, like you are the one actually doing it (if you were a mute 6 foot tall white guy.) . 

  For those of you that don't play video games and want to check it out, Go with my full blessing. I loved it, The story was nuts at times, and the shaky camera work was kind of crazy (but for a Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition, pretty damn impressive) {Go Pro Send us some love!}, but probably one of the most fun and insane films I've seen this year. The Director/ Writer Ilya Naishuller made a fun film where anyone over the age of 17 could enjoy it. I may be biased because I'm a adult male, but I had fun. 

  Sharlto Copley plays a cast of characters with different personalities and basically shows how versatile he is and just a damn good actor. Haley Bennett plays a woman who is his wife but has secrets of her own. 


  If any of the above makes you go "Damn I want to see this movie now!" Then run to your nearest theater and go see this. For those of you that get sick watching handheld films like "The Blair Witch Project" or films of that ilk, than I'd suggest taking some meds to make that not happen and go see this at your desecration. (Note from writer: PLEASE DON'T BARF IN THE THEATER) 
  
  My rating for this film is 4 out of 5 stars, Go see this to get the theater experience and to watch it on a big screen. Because on television it will not do it justice. 

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Stars

Film Trivia:

Nearly entirely shot using GoPro Hero3 Black Edition cameras.

The film premiered as "Hardcore" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. The film became one of the most popular movies at the festival, and led to a bidding war between Lionsgate, Universal, and STX Entertainment. Ultimately, STX acquired worldwide rights to "Hardcore", including a wide release commitment, for $10 million, becoming the studio's first festival acquisition. It was retitled Hardcore Henry for its domestic release.

Crowdfunding was used to get additional funds during post-production.

Sharlto Copley described this film as the most challenging of his acting career.

Before this movie, writer and director Ilya Naishuller had made several music videos for a Russian indie rock band Biting Elbows. The videos were shot in the same style as the movie; fast paced, first person perspective, action videos.

In an article for BigThink.com the Director IIya Naishuller was named the next Quentin Tarantino.

Darya Charusha, who plays a dominatrix biker in the movie is also the film's composer.

Feature film debut of director Ilya Naishuller.

The scene where Henry slides down an escalator and knocks a woman violently to the ground wasn't planned. An extra missed her mark and was standing in the wrong area, resulting in her being knocked over. After the take she reportedly popped up and asked if they'd gotten the shot.

When asked which stunts were most difficult to film Sharlto Copley (Jimmy) cited elbowing a man out of a moving vehicle while driving and Director Ilya Naishuller described the escalator scene. Which was the last sequence shot in a late production reshoot, after Naishuller concluded that the shot was too dull and needed "something extra".

Hardcore Henry
Releases April 8th, 2016
1 hr 36 mins
Rated R
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Trailer:


Director: Ilya Naishuller
Writers: Ilya Naishuller

Cast:
Sharlto Copley as Jimmy
Danila Kozlovsky as Akan
Haley Bennett as Estelle
Tim Roth as Henry's Father
Andrei Dementiev (ru) as Slick Dmitry
Cyrus Arnold as Nat
Ilya Naishuller as Tim
Will Stewart as Robbie
Dasha Charusha as a dominatrix
Svetlana Ustinova (ru) as a dominatrix

Review by Anont C.


Hardcore Henry is perhaps one of the most unique movies you're going to experience watching this year. As it puts you through a first person-perspective throughout the entire movie, in a action-jam pack that would keep you on the edge of your seat -- or perhaps for some, motion sickness. As the story puts you in a situation where you just woke up from an amnesia, as well as unable to talk; this allows the viewer to become part of Hardcore Henry's world, and journey with him through the action throughout the entire movie.



Starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, and Tim Roth; the casts have performed a great acting performance together that creates a narrative dialogue to the main character Henry on the story, while still keeping the story progression going. Because it was given that Henry is unable to speak, the performance from each of the actors help made it feel natural when they are having a conversation with Henry. Each of the actors help the viewer understand the current situation from their dialogue and body language; this allows the first perspective view to become effective, in order to suspend our disbelief and become part of the movie.

While this movie may be unique to use the first person perspective view, this element is actually quite common in the video games, parkour videos, go-pro cam and dark rides at theme park. The only difference was this was a full feature length movie, filled with action pack that would satisfy any movie goers who appreciates a thrill ride. However, this movie may not be for everyone as well; as this movie can cause motion sickness to those who have a weak stomach, as it contain many scenes that would go in a motion similar to a roller coaster.



In the end, this movie may be a movie that may satisfied those who love action, but can also alienate those who don't appreciate watching a movie in that type of perspective. As this movie will likely be appreciated by those who are a professional video game player, or those who appreciate parkour; but to those who don't, may find it frustrating to watch.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Curveball
Releases on DVD & Digital Video April 5th 2016
1 hr 36 mins
Not Rated
Drama

Trailer:


Director: Brandon Thaxton
Writer: Linton 'Buddy' Barnett III

Cast:
Adam Aalderks as Sam
Che Broadway as Spencer
Chandler George Brown as Thomas
Paul Chappell as Reverend Brandon Errol
Cheri Christian as Sharon
Rockmond Dunbar as James
Lily Keene as Holly
Charmin Lee as Dehra
Ann Lukens as Annalisa
John Paul Marston as Daniel
Jean-Luc McMurtry as Nolan
Reid Meadows as Young Mark
E. Roger Mitchell as Coach Patterson
Neko Parham as Mr. Lodholdt
Alexa Rachelle as Rachel
Alaya Robbins  as Keri
Treas Ross as Young Catcher
Matt Rossitch as Young Sam
Joshua D. Safran as Young Nolan
James Edward Thomas as Bill
Lynn Whitfield as Dr. Lane

Review by Stephen M.

Curveball is an extremely long commercial on why teenagers should not do drugs.  Well acted, but incredibly predictable, the film is well suited for junior high and high school students to watch on rainy days in an auditorium.  The story focuses on Nolan played by Jean-Luc McMurtry who is a star pitcher on his high school team that succumbs to peer pressure and drugs.  His life further spins out of control when his best friend over doses.


The pros for the movie are the great performances by the many different veteran actors and actresses.  My favorites include Rockmond Dunbar who has been in such shows as Prison Break and Earth 2.  Jean-Luc McMurtry who plays the lead has a much shorter resume but you wouldn't know it from his performance.  As mentioned previously, some of the cons with the film include its predictable plot throughout the film.  The filmmakers clearly play it safe with the plot, with only the ending somewhat of a curveball.


Overall, while well done for what the filmmakers are trying to accomplished, I cannot see myself paying for the film or watching it more than once.  The film is well acted but doesn't necessarily stand out from its peers in this genre.  Watch it for great performances from Rockmond Dunbar and Jean-Luc McMurtry on a lazy day.  On any other day you are better off re-watching reruns of 7th Heaven or similar show on the perils of drugs and dealing with peer pressure.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5 Stars

Monday, April 4, 2016


Mad Tiger
Releases April 8th (Los Angeles - Downtown Independent) and May 6th (New York - IFC Center)
1 hr 22 mins
Not Rated
Documentary

Trailer:

Directors: Jonathan Yi, Michael Haertlein
Writer: Jonathan Yi

Cast:
Kengo Hioki as Himself
Kotaro Tsukada as Himself
Yumiko Hioki as Herself
Akiteru Ito as Himself
Akihiko Naruse as Herself

Review by Anont C.

A documentary of a group of Japanese Punk Rock band named the Peelander-Z, touring across the U.S. for their performance art, who all bonded throughout the years. As we see in their life of performing art, along with struggle and hardship when one of the band member ( Peelander-red) decided to leave the band to pursue another path; while the band leader ( Peelander-yellow) struggle to keep things together for the sakes of the band.



This documentary movie delve in to the lives of the band members Peelander-Z, as we see the fame and success the band have become together. The highlight from this documentary also showcase the relationship between each of the band members together, and each of their perspectives on how they love being in the band. The focus from this documentary first show us one of the band member ( Peelander-red) decides to leave the band, to pursue his own career goal; while band struggles to keep things together, in order to keep the band alive. While accepting that Peelander-red was going to leave the band, the band leader, Peelander-yellow, tried his hardest to embrace that idea and supports Peelander-red's decisions to leave the band. Here's where we see throughout the documentary, how Peelander-yellow was trying to keep the status quo for the band alive -- despite Peelander-red leaving. We would see the hardship of him getting a replacement for the band, while maintaining the band and keeping the friendship between him and Peelander-red.


Just like any music band, we see the relations towards one band member towards another, and the struggle and fun moments throughout this documentary. Despite that it may be about a Japanese Punk Rock music band, the relations from each of the band members reflects what some viewers may be familiar with, and relates to their situation in various ways. So if you're a music lover, or pursuing a career in music, this documentary may be the movie to view and enjoy; and even if you're not pursuing a music career, this movie can still be enjoy for its ensemble casts and charisma that the band displays.

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 Stars

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of the majority of free screenings TriBeCa Film Festival will be offering as part of their Free For All promotion.  The screenings are all on one day which is Friday April 22nd.  Please sign up only for the ones you plan to attend.  Keep in mind many overlap with each other.  For synopsis of the films, visit https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide.

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