Overture (2011)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Dan Sachar’s short film is a poetic, elegiac gem that subscribes to the best tradition of the less-is-more maxim. A solitary man (Miko Ben Porat) inhabits a bleak forest that is eerily barren. He spends his time recording fauna and watering a resplendent young tree that sticks out like a…

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The Watch (2012)

🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦 Ben Stiller leads an all-star cast in this below average comedy/sci-fi/horror/adventure film that does little to bank on the talent it has at its disposal. Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) is a manager at the local Costco store where his night security guard is brutally murdered. Being an active member of…

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Looper (2012)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 It is refreshing to come across a sci-fi film that is less concerned with being clever than it is with telling a human tale of fallible human beings. Time travel becomes illegal almost as soon as it is invented but this does not stop mafia bosses from making use of…

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Alien (1979)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 Science fiction films set in space are among the likeliest to look dated. Special effects, which constitute a fundamental component of  the genre, can easily fail the test of time and slip into the ridiculous. Unless the film is backed by a robust narrative, it suffers. A rude awakening awaits the…

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Prometheus (2012)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 Ridley Scott‘s much-hyped prequel to Alien (1979) couldn’t possibly live up to the expectations. Nothing short of an undisputed masterpiece, on all fronts, could appease the public and the critics. Turns out that Prometheus, a masterpiece is not. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a series…

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Elsewhere…

During the past month I have been busy typing articles over at Hubpages. Below is what I’ve published so far. Silent Sirens: Theda Bara (Part 1) She was billed as the daughter of an Eastern Prince and a French actress, born in the Sahara desert, where she spent much of her childhood under the shadow…

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A Tale of the Other Mother: Magna Mater (2011)

L-orizzont quddiemhom kien linja fina u definita qisha maqtugħa fil-ħġieġ. It’s gratifying to think of the self as a unique entity that exists somewhere deep down inside one’s soul or mind (take your pick), and that in spite of all the strife, noise, compromises, disappointments, frustrations, missed opportunities and bad luck, this self remains there,…

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