Jul
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: SELF/LESS & JELLYFISH EYES & A HARD DAY

Jellyfish Eyes 1_350This is a real “watch this, not that,” segment this time. Self/less was the “serious” opening last weekend — directed by overt stylist Tarsem Singh, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley — and the worst sin that could be leveled at it was that it was kind of stoopid. But then, the weekend also saw the debut of a couple of more compelling releases: Jellyfish Eyes, a family film send-up directed by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami; and the delirious Korean noir comedy A Hard Day. Only thing to do is to give ‘em all their due and leave it to my listeners’ good judgement. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

Jul
13

Scott Eastwood Cools Down While Heating Things Up for Davidoff [Paid Video]

“What makes the ocean makes the man,” says Scott Eastwood in this paid video for Davidoff Cool Water (I could be wrong, but the product’s probably not a beverage). And judging by the visuals here, it also makes most women, a quite a few men, feel that certain, special feeling in that certain, special place. Check the spot out below — they’ve also got a hashtag if you’ve just gotta say something about it: #WhatMakesTheOcean.

Jul
05

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE MIDNIGHT SWIM

Midnight_Swim_08_350You can be forgiven. If your first thought when you hear the phrase, “found-footage mockumentary” is a sincere wish that somebody should have released a Web virus long ago to wipe every copy of The Blair Witch Project off every server on Earth, that’s certainly understandable. So I’m aware of the risk I’m taking by going on record to say that The Midnight Swim – a moody, enigmatic found-footage ghost story about three sisters discovering the ominous mystery surrounding the lake that claimed their mother’s life — demonstrates there’s still something new and moving to be discovered in this debased genre. Click on the player to hear my review for WBAI 99.5FM’s Hour of the Wolf, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
28

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INSIDE OUT

inside-out-d150_20mcs.sel16.171_350Okay, right, yeah, sure, sure: Inside Out is a wall-to-wall wonder, good news for anyone who despaired that the animation studio, Pixar — after numerous missteps — had lost its mojo, and who, frankly, would’ve rejoiced in any glimmer of the ol’ Pixar verve now. It’s better than that, far better. But while you’re alternating between laughter and tears (’cause that’s what Pixar does), you may not realize how much of a tightrope walk this metaphorical tour of a young girl’s psyche is. I explore the challenges faced by the film’s creators in my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
19

A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTOPHER LEE – The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast

Christopher-Lee-dracula_350No life is forever, not even that of the man who played immortal vampires, mouldering corpses, and psychotic satanists. Christopher Lee had so permanently placed his mark on the world of fantastic film that his death this past week sent a shock wave through film fandom, so assured were we that he’d always be around to bring his wit, gravity, and class to the likes of Dracula, Saruman and Kharis.

In the wake of his loss, Cinefantastique contributors Ted Newsom, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons got together to reminisce about encounters with the legendary actor, share some famous and not-so-famous anecdotes about his work and life, and evaluate his contribution to the worlds of horror and fantasy. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
18

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD

JSW_Raptor1Sht16_NoBill_RGB_0416_1_rgb_350Seriously critiquing a film that in its first weekend has managed to gross over a half-billion dollars worldwide is not unlike trying to hand-feed a pork chop to a velociraptor — risks are involved. Nevertheless, there are moments in Jurassic World where it’s clear the makers intended something more ambitious than just giving the audience their anticipated, 3D dino rampage, so it only makes sense to dig a bit deeper and determine whether the message transcends its medium. I endeavor to do that in my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf; click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
04

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: REALITY

CATCH-UP THURSDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/16/15:It’s the movie about the dream about the film about the movie about the dream. Here’s my review of Quentin Dupieux’s surreal comedy, Reality.

Annnnnnd, that catches us up. Thanks for playing!

Jun
03

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO

CATCH-UP WEDNESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/16/15: Sorry, Orphan Black, not all clones are twenty-something and kinda hot. Sometimes they’re middle-aged and come with a lot of baggage. Here’s my review of The Reconstruction of William Zero.

Jun
02

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: CHEATIN’

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/9/15: The course of true love never runs smooth. When cartoonist Bill Plympton is presiding, it can get downright kinky. Here’s my review of Cheatin’.

May
31

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: SPRING

CATCH-UP SUNDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/2/15: Imagine if Richard Linklater called Julie Delpy in just before the cameras rolled on Before Sunrise and said, “I’ve got a bit of a twist for your character…” That’s the basic concept behind Spring, a film that mixes beautiful location filming in Italy, idyllic romance, and mutant horror. An usual combo, to be sure, and my review for Hour of the Wolf evaluates how smoothly all the pieces mesh. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

Older posts «

2009/05/03 17:54:23 -0700 445 | 1241398463 | 95273 | GenApps | WARN | | File: /home/y/share/pear/Yahoo/si30d/framework/util/WHEnvironment.inc Function: () line: 1137 getMap: for willy4bird. Ignoring unexpected line:%%HOME%%/admin home pageGuid.home.001 1 2009/05/03 17:54:23 -0700 927 | 1241398463 | 95273 | GenApps | WARN | | File: /home/y/share/pear/Yahoo/si30d/framework/util/WHEnvironment.inc Function: () line: 1137 getMap: for willy4bird. Ignoring unexpected line:%%HOME%%/admin home pageGuid.home.001 1