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Violent-Young-Men Movies: “The Dinner,” “Sweet Virginia,” “Super Dark Times,” and “The Gray State”

Violent-Young-Men Movies: “The Dinner,” “Sweet Virginia,” “Super Dark Times,” and “The Gray State”

The fresh batch of films coming out of Tribeca2017 seems to have a violent teenage psychopaths every time you turn around. What turns our young men into crazy killers? At the same time as a slew of documentaries and true-life tales are depicting the courage and moral fortitude of actual young men around the world, responding to terrorism and war with bravery – going to extraordinary lengths to save lives, we get a bunch of “thriller” films that depict American young men as narcissistic psychopaths who revel in bloody violence. On one hand there is City of Ghosts, Dabka, and When God Sleeps, for starters – peace-seeking films, and on the other is The Dinner, Super Dark Times, Sweet Virginia, and even The Gray State. Is there a cultural connection?

“Get Me Roger Stone” Film Review: Get Your Hate On!

Hey, all you angry progressive liberals, this is your film – to engage your rage. Hey, all you angry lovers of noble and decent democracy, this is your film – to reinforce your sense of injustice. Hey all you morally conscious idealists who imagine a level political field and fair play, get ready to get your hate on! And ALSO all you Republicans, and Libertarians, and you stubborn Trump-defenders: this film is full of quotable, self-satisfying defenses sure to infuriate your naïve, liberal friends who love to hate on you. There is something for every political animal in this movie. And animal may be the key word in that sentence.

“Take Me” and “Hounds of Love” Film Reviews: Blondes-Bound-in-Basement Movies

There are two films I’ve seen so far at TribecaFilm Festival 2017 that have very significant similarities – they both center around a pretty blonde woman getting kidnapped, tied up, stuffed into someone’s basement, and abused. Both are also directorial debuts, btw. One is called Hounds of Love, an Australian drama written and directed by Ben Young. The other is called Take Me, an American film written by Mike Makowsky and directed by Pat Healy (who also plays the leading role). That movie lets the audience figure out if it is a crime thriller or a slapstick farce.

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Seriously Hilarious: The Last Laugh Illuminates The Links Between Laughter & Survival

What’s your favorite Holocaust joke? Don’t have one yet? Then you should see The Last Laugh which premiered to a standing ovation at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and became an audience favorite at more than 60 fests throughout North America and around the world. The film opened theatrically in NYC March 3, followed by

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On The Radar: SXSW 2017

While the South by Southwest Film Festival prides itself on being an innovative, edgy and forward-thinking exhibition, it is also happy to celebrate itself, nestle into its roots and promote the vibrancy that exists in its own backyard. These two traits are not mutually exclusive, as will likely be seen in this year’s opening night

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Combo Obituary & Film Review: Bright Lights

It’s a Mother and Child Reunion (as Carrie’s ex would say). In the recent HBO documentary, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” a film that depicts the most famous (and most notorious) mother-daughter duo of all time, Carrie Fisher, weary from the ongoing self-examination (and public scrutiny) of a complicated life that included fame from birth, bipolar disorder, addiction, sensational stardom in her own right, impressive amounts of both accomplishment and ridicule, and a spectacular array of variously disastrous and glorious events, all survived with her renowned wit and tenacity… Carrie Fisher says “You know what would be really good? To get to the end of my personality and just lie in the sun.”

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