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Captain Fantastic (2016)

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A Review by Jon Caron

Writer/Director: Matt Ross

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn

To paraphrase a line from the film, “That’s the plot, tell me how it made you FEEL.” So, without regurgitating too deeply on what Captain Fantastic is about, I will attempt to do just that…tell you how it made me feel. This is no easy task mind you, a film this deeply layered with philosophy, beauty and unabashed intellect, could be discussed for days. This is not just one of the best films of 2016, this is one of the best films ever made. Period.

In summation, Viggo Mortensen (Ben) is a super badass, hippy genius, who has been living in the woods for the better part of two decades along with his brood of seven children and up until recently ill wife, who now stays in a hos...

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Top 20 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2016

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Top 20 Most Fraking Anticipated Films of 2016

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2015 was a pretty frakking stellar year for cinema. So much so I had to indulge in some numerical yoga with the Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015 list by adding 21 additional “Honorable Mentions”.

Breaking my usual ritual of obsessively researching the upcoming 12 month of cinema releases around New Years, it’s now the end of February and I’ve only just finished compiling the 2016 list. That means certain titles like THE REVENANT, HAIL CESEAR, TRIPLE-NINE and THE WITCH have already hit movie-houses and won’t feature. As of today there is officially 79 enticing films due to hit screens this year that made the short-list, here are the top 25!

Scratch that! Firstly, because I’m OCD in my studies, there were a few films from my Top 30 Most Fraki...

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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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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

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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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Prisoners (2013)

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Prisoners (2013)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaaul, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Terence Howard

“They didn’t cry until I left them.”Alex

PRISONERS’ is a crime thriller that asks tough fraking questions.

A tightly bound domestic nightmare that constricts around its subject with suffocating tension before taking its intense but familiar set up to a bleaker place. PRISONERS thrives on murkier morality than the genre usually dares, even when it  loosens its grip with an uneven final quarter the emotional devastation and raging desperation of earlier scenes resonates.

Prisoners film stillIt’s Thanksgiving Day in an outlying Philadelphia suburb. The Dover and The Birch families are celebrating the holiday...

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From the Vault: The Warriors (1979)

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Hey boppers, I was fortunate enough to catch a midnight screening of an original 35mm print of THE WARRIORS last Saturday Night at the local retro movie house. I’d never seen it with a cinema audience before and their vocal enthusiasm reassured me that cult 70’s cinema will live forever. Obviously, the first thing I wanted to do at 2am as I departed that darkened house of fun was review this face stomping, rumble and strut gem.  But, as the testosterone subsided and clarity returned to the head I remembered there was already a critique of the film that I wrote under the nom de plume of John Doe…and with that the FROM THE VAULT section gets its premiere contribution.

First published in 2007 on an alternate virtual turf, enjoy the first of what will be many flashbacks FROM THE VAULT.

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Pacific Rim Review

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Pacific Rim (2013)

Writer/Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Cast: Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr., Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Hunnam

Herc: “We can either sit here and do nothing or grab those flare guns and do something really stupid.”

PACIFIC RIM is a fraking audio visual juggernaut! It’s the most impressive live action anime yet. Big, dumb popcorn entertainment aimed at the 10 year old in all of us.

An eye candy saturated behemoth of creative staging and creature design. This is sci-fi spectacle so massive in sensory scope and meticulous framing that the rich beauty of its operatic staging leaves you in a spellbound trance. It’s a juvenile enchantment that makes it easier to over look the simplicity of the story, creaky dialogue and robotic lead performance.

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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.

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