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Kubo: And the Two Strings (2016)

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A Review by Jon Caron

Director: Travis Knight
Writer:
Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara

If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish.

These days it is so very rare that an animated film crosses the threshold of becoming more than just a kids film, but a film for anyone of any age to enjoy. Kubo and the Two Strings manages to do this with such effortlessness, that one can only hope that relative newcomer Laika Studios (ParaNorman, Coraline, Boxtrolls), sees another success with this film and can continue on creating such beautiful stop motion wonderment...

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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The frakker saw 91 films in 2015 and though there were some outright duds (TERMINATOR GENYSIS, SELF-LESS, THE VISIT) and failed to meet expectations disappointments (EVEREST, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, TRAINWRECK) for the most part it was a golden year in cinema. That I had to make a top 25 and then add an additional 20 plus titles to the honorable mentions is proof of the good time that was had in the darkened movie house this past 12 months. Now the preamble is done, there is just one more thing that I need to get out of the way before we can begin….

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Stand alone favourite: STAR WARS; THE FORCE AWAKENS

Let’s be honest here, as a lifelong STAR WARS obsessed nut trying to be “objective” about the film franchise that made me a cinephile is as futi...

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From the Vault: A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Before I was the Fraker I was John Doe and like everything else in this universe all cinema itself is interconnected on a molecular level. Slowly over time I plan to import many of my older reviews over to this new site under the banner of FROM THE VAULT. The format is simple, anytime I review a film here and it can be thematically (actor, Director, narrative etc) linked to a previous critique from the old site I will be sharing. When a review or article can coincide with a real world event like a retro-screening, personal curiosity or current event can be reflected, transfers happen.

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Writer/Director: Richard Linklater

Novel: Phillip K Dick
Cinematography: Shane F Kelly
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jnr, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Rory Cochrane

“Alright, I’m gonna give you...

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The 87th Academy Awards: 2015 Oscar Selections

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The 87th Academy Awards: The Official Fraker 2015 Oscar Selections

 

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

It’s that time again where the Academy Awards buffer up against my obsessive cinematic addiction. It’s a date where my own adoration and love for the medium sees negativity hit its apex. It’s also a night where my own masochistic tendencies are in full view as a misguided sense of obligation to arguably the most meaningless and superficial of all the political awards shows sees me tuning in for inevitable torture.

As hard as I have tried since 1997 (the year I finally realized how little quality had to do with prize winners) I can never make it to the Best Picture announcement as the gossip magazine style approach just reaches unbearable levels...

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Top 30 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2015

Top 30 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2015

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2014 was a banner year in the Bender house in cinema and 2015 shows a James Leer level of promise. After some Lebowski like investigation (read into that what you will) I’ve managed to detect 54 attractions that put a twinkle in my eye of varied brightness. Of those discoveries, 24 could be labeled wild card’s which leaves the magic 30 that I now present to you the reader with the proviso that they stimulate my own sensibilities and I hope yours too.

As the calendar year has already begun note worthy omissions from this list include the magnificence that is Paul Thomas Anderson’s detective yarn INHERENT VICE which I’ve been fortunate enough to already experience. (Subtle subtext I know...

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Fraking Favourite 20 Films of 2014

Fraking Favourite 20 Films of 2014

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I’m just going to state it upfront, 2014 has been the best fraking year in cinema in over a decade as far as I’m concerned. Spoilt for choice, the quality enticements have spanned all genres, budgets and distribution methods. That means that in compiling this list I had to make some truly painful, SOPHIE’S CHOICE type sacrifices with many fine achievements omitted.

I managed to see a total of 73 new releases this year, a far cry from the over 100 titles I used to cross off when I was a professional film journalist with all the complimentary VIP perks that entailed. The rub is that a handful of potential highlights have not been screened at the time of publication. (BOYHOOD, WHIPLASH and INTERSTELLAR being the big 3 I have yet to see)...

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Top 24 Fraking Anticipated Films of 2014

Top 24 Countdown: Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2014

Terry Gilliam Directs THE ZERO THEOREM

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24. CALVARY

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendon Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, M. Emmet Walsh
Release Date: January 19th, 2014

Director John Michael McDonagh (brother of Martin McDonagh of IN BRUGES fame) reteams with Brendon Gleeson for what looks like another bent trip that may recapture the magic of their earlier delight THE GUARD. I.T CROWD fans note Chris O’Dowd in the cast. GAME OF THRONES fans look out for Aidan Gillen.

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23. NYMPHOMANIAC

Director: Lars Von Trier
Starring:  Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Udo Kier, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell,

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Top 13 Fraking Favourite Films of 2013

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I FRAKED UP!: Normally I would be speaking in absolutes, stating a subjective opinion as though it were fact. Confident in the knowledge I had seen all the ‘important’ films of the previous year and possessed an informed overview of the entire cinematic spectrum. This year I have to declare my ignorance. To put it in other words, amongst numerous titles, I haven’t seen GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, WOLF OF WALL STREET, HER, AMERICAN HUSTLE or INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, six films that seem to be atop many people’s list for ‘film of the year.’ So there it is, glaring omissions in screening aside, here are my 13 fraking favourite  films of the 2013. (In Alphabetical order only)

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BLUE CAPRICE is a fraking compelling and observant real life thriller.

Painfully non-judgmental Director Alexandre Mo...

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Fraking Welcome: An Adam Lovett Screenplay

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ONSREEN: “SATURDAY 11.38PM

Outside a quixotically maintained cinema. The kind that boasts midnight screenings of CHARLEY VARRICK, KISS ME DEADLY and NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. ~Features Takeshi Miike and Nicolas Refn-Winding in the coming attractions, still serves beer and is laced with the faint aroma of ganja. ~

The movie house marquee flashes the latest releases, a Saturday matinee and tonight’s after dark double bill LE SAMOURAI & LEON: The PROFESSIONAL.

Under the pulsing neon FRAKER1 and FRAKER2 come into view. FRAKER1 is in his early 30’s. Tall with the look of a young Jeff Goldblum he struts like a scruffy lookin’ herder of some fantastical creature. ~FRAKER2, 41, walks with a slight limp out of habit and reminds of John Cazale.

The film-geek duo purchase tickets and en...

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