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A Masterful Mirage

When celebrated director Paul Thomas Anderson was developing “The Master” we all thought he was finally going to unravel and shed some light in to the madness that is Scientology. But what Anderson in fact developed was a character study of the two men on two sides of the same coin. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Freddy, a WW2…

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Retro Review: Miss March

Miss March is your typical screwball comedy. It kind of reminds me of those 80s screwball comedies like Up the Creek and Jocks. I still love Up the Creek for some reason. The movie opens with a two friends (Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore) hanging out watching cheerleader tryouts. One is, Tucker, who is quite oversexed…

Retro Review: The Manchurian Candidate

John Frankenheimer’s legendary 1962 political thriller, “The Manchurian Candidate” is probably considered one of the greatest political thrillers ever made. It is always compared to when another assassination film, brainwashing film or conspiracy film is made. Films like 1976’s “Marathon Man” and 1997’s “Conspiracy Theory” are examples of some of the successes and failures of…

Retro Review: Mr. Deeds

Adam Sandler adopts a character very close to his hilarious “Happy Gilmore” in his new film, “Mr. Deeds”. In the new film, Sandler plays Longfellow Deeds, a laid-back and very helpful pizzeria owner in a back woods town in New Hampshire. Unbeknownst to Deeds, his uncle has just died and there is a frantic search…

Retro Review: Mystic River

There seems to be a trend in all Clint Eastwood directed films that don’t star the iconic actor. Starting in 1973’s “Breezy”, Eastwood really began to explore with the camera as just a director. With a gap of 15 years, Eastwood returned to sole-directing with 1988’s “Bird” where he found a new depth and ability…

Retro Review: Millions

What would happen if innocence of a child was all of sudden faced with the responsibility and corruption of more money than he could possibly imagine? Director Danny Boyle, who also brought us “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later”, asks that very question when a two young brothers, Anthony and Damian, come across a duffel-bag full…

Retro Review: The Majestic

Become enchanted by the golden age of Hollywood all over again in the latest creation by Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont. Darabont’s latest project is The Majestic, a story that takes place in the 1950s and follows the exploits of Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey). Appleton is an emerging Hollywood screenwriter and envisions his latest creation…

Retro Review: Memento

One of the strangest and most frustrating films I have seen in a long time. Imagine a roller coaster mixed with a murder mystery and you will understand half of what this film is. But I warn you this one will make your head hurt. “Memento” stars Guy (LA Confidential) Pearce as Leonard, a guy…

Retro Review: Mystery Alaska

Ally McBeal creator David E Kelly brings us “the Mighty Ducks for adults”. Somewhere engulfed within the frozen glaciers of Alaska there is a little town called Mystery. This little town’s passion and religion is the game of hockey. Their whole world changes when they are given the chance to play the infamous New York Rangers.…