Author: William Brownridge

Review: GLOW

There may not have been a decade that was more entertaining than the ’80s. The television and film landscape seemed to be created in an atmosphere that was just more goofy fun compared to the rather dark decades that followed it. Capturing a lot of that spirit of fun was the short lived wrestling show GLOW or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Where women were considered a sort of novelty act in typical wrestling shows of the time, GLOW allowed them to be the stars, and showed how they were more than capable of handling themselves in the ring. If...

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Review: The Bad Batch

Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) finds herself labelled “bad batch” and forced into a fenced off area of Texas desert wasteland, essentially removed from being a member of American society. Within the fenced wasteland are different groups of outcasts, including a group of cannibals. Kidnapped by the cannibals almost immediately after entering this wasteland, Arlen has a leg and an arm removed to feed the others. Kept alive, presumably to continue providing food for the cannibals, Arlen manages to escape and is rescued by Hermit (Jim Carrey), a mute who brings her to Comfort, a community that thrives on nightly parties...

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Review: Monterey Pop

While Woodstock is certainly the one concert that everybody the world over will remember, it’s not the only moment in time that showcased some of the amazing talent in music during the ’60s. The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967 may not have reached the size of Woodstock, but it certainly held some memorable moments. It was there that artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding really exploded and got their big starts. It was also a more subdued atmosphere, allowing the music to be the true standout instead of the wild shenanigans of the crowd. Monterey...

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Review: Churchill

In the days before D-Day in WWII, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) is doing just about everything he can to convince the Allied forces that they need to change their plans. With only 96 hours until the proposed operation, Churchill is ignored, ridiculed, and swept aside. Fearful that this operation will end in the same way as one he led in Gallipoli in 1915, Churchill must try to come to terms with his demons, find faith in his fellow commanders, and bring hope to the people. It seems as if director Jonathan Teplitzky and writer Alex von Tunzelmann’s Churchill goes against much of what...

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Review: Awakening the Zodiac

Mick (Shane West) and Zoe Branson (Leslie Bibb) are struggling to make ends meet, living out of a trailer in Virginia. Instead of trying to save what little money they can get together through work, Mick splits on a storage locker auction with his friend Harvey (Matt Craven). Zoe is upset, but Harvey lets them know that the locker contained something that could be very valuable. Tucked away in a dresser is some 8mm films, which contain footage of the Zodiac Killer murdering a couple. With a $100,000 reward still available for anybody with information leading to an arrest,...

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Review: Drone

Private contractor Neil (Sean Bean) works as a drone operator performing strikes against terrorist targets for the CIA. His family, son Shane (Maxwell Haynes) and wife Ellen (Mary McCormack), are unaware of what he actually does for work. One year after a strike in Pakistan, Imir Shaw (Patrick Sabongui) arrives on Neil’s doorstep looking to buy his boat, but with news of classified documents revealing the names of contract workers for the government, it may be more than a boat that Imir is searching for. Director Jason Bourque brings a solid, if somewhat expected thriller to life with Drone. Although a majority...

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Review: Score: A Film Music Documentary

Star Wars. Superman. Batman. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Jaws. Psycho. What would all those films have been without their iconic music? Quite possibly they wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they were. There would still be an importance and impact to those films and genres, but it’s the score to those films that makes them truly iconic. You probably can’t run up a flight of stairs without humming the theme to Rocky, and a shootout in the dusty desert just wouldn’t feel the same without the tune of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly running through your mind. Looking...

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