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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FilmFrak: The Podcast#5: SOME THINGS ARE FANTASTIC!

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So it is that with the earworm, “Ricky Baker…Ricky Baker…Ricky Baker” refusing to leave our heads that we present you with Podcast #5. Tune in to hear our patented half-finished sentences, rambling nonsensical logic trees and consistently shouty delivery as we ponder the state of modern civilization, libertarianism, the definition of “real world fantasy” and other themes from this month’s new releases.

Proving his lack of dedication, yet again Adam has managed to avoid the cinematic gambles and left poor old Jon to slog through the dregs...

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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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HIGH-RISE (2016)

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A Review by Adam Lovett

Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring:  Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando

This hallucinatory societal allegory is savage visual poetry sure to repel some viewers. They don’t make them like this anymore. Not in the old fashion storytelling sense but something more cinematically experimental. Bold artistry that pushes the language of genre by connecting on a far more nerve twanging visceral level that abandons traditional narrative. Director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS) makes HIGH-RISE a litmus test spiraling into a singular level of chaotic madness that demolishes equilibrium. I left the theatre shell shocked, numb with a feeling comparable to what a film like WAKE IN FRIGHT achieved.

The fi...

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

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A Review By Jon Caron

Writer/Director: Paul Fieg

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson

Tonight I caught an advanced screening of Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters film with my sister. I felt it was appropriate to take her, because we grew up together on Ghostbusters. We must have watched it together at least 100 times on vhs and that’s not an exaggeration. Hell, I used to bring my official proton pack to school with me, along with my ghost trap which I made myself out of “Construx” and put on little shows during recess for everybody. Then I’d come home from school and we’d watch the cartoon together, or the movie yet again. Ghostbusters was sacred to us.

Now, there has been a tremendous amount of controver...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#4: ARE WE THAT SHALLOW?

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What a fucking ride! Running on minimal sleep and a hazy hangover we’ve just driven many miles from an overnight adventure to NYC to worship at the temple of John Carpenter Live. Dedicated to our small but loyal audience we’ve decided to forego personal hygiene, cerebral lucidity or a snooze to record a rambling retelling of our cinematic adventures.

Aside from our pilgrimage to witness the synthesized power of JC we will also talk about retro 35mm screenings of THE BREAKFAST CLUB and EL TOPO along with SWISS ARMY MEN, NEON DEMON, THE SHALLOWS. DEMOLITION, KNIGHT OF CUPS, FINDING DORY, ID4: RESURGENCE, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME, APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN, THE TRUST, EYE IN THE SKY and the bewildering documentary TICKLED.

As if that’s not enough we are so in love with our own voices that we rattl...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#3: WE’RE NOT THAT NICE

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Well, it’s a trilogy. This thing is happening and after 3 shows we are happy as Bruce Willis dancing a Last Boyscout jig.

June 2016 was littered with cinematic black holes of apocalyptic proportions and guess which one of us High Noon-ed that shit for the good of the cause? Quick clue: It wasn’t your friendly narrator who may, or may not have been turned into an Orc on this month’s banner.

So what did we watch since last we met? What will we talk about? Well there was a screening of the LOST BOYS DCP on a giant IMAX screen. There was also SCARFACE on a brand new 35mm print. On the 2016 releases front we try to stay on topic with THE NICE GUYS, MOJAVE, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, ZOOTOPIA, MONEY MONSTER, CONCUSSION, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2, GODS OF EYGPT, KINDERGARTEN COP 2 and MR. RIGHT...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast#2: OFFICIAL LAUNCH

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So you gave us a listen and then you encouraged us. Big Mistake, YOUR mistake! You said Beetlejuice three times. You said Candyman in a mirror. Hell you were crazy enough to walk upstairs and see what was making all that noise. You validated us and now Adam & Jon are doing this thing for real. Sure it sounds like we are bullshitting away as usual, but in our hearts we’re now taking this thing seriously. We even have an Act 1: Past – Act 2: Present – Act 3: Future format now like real professionals.

Looking back on what we watched since last we met this episode we chat about our HITCHCOCK marathon, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, HIGH-RISE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, HARDCORE HENRY, CRIMINAL, TRIPLE-9...

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MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (2016)

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Writer/Director: Jeff Nichols

Starring: Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton,  Jaeden Lieberher,  Scott Haze, Bill Camp

Transmitting back to VHS staples like Carpenter’s STARMAN and Spielberg’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, on the surface MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is an 80’s style family sci-fi by way of chase flick and on that level it’s wholly satisfying. That’s to say this film has loftier goals than can be achieved within genre confines.

As the film opens we are plummeted right into the anxiety and adrenalin of being prey. Fugitive Roy Tomlin (Michael Shannon), his son Alton Meyer (Jaeden Lieberher) and state trooper Lucas (Joel Edgerton) are hiding out in a hotel room...

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FilmFrak: The Podcast #1: Introductions

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You know what the Google machine needs? Abso-fraking-lutely, it’s another movie podcast by a pair of loudmouthed wannabe filmmakers/critics arbitrarily spewing vitriol or adoration about their cinematic adventures. The FilmFrak podcast, just what you always wanted, right?

Your hosts Adam & Jon are a cantankerous duo of one-step-from-rehab movie junkies haphazardly bullshitting about all things that feed their cinephiliac obsessions. From the latest new releases all the way back to the silent era. Across all genres and types, blockbusters to micro budget shorts, animation and documentary there are no limitations here.

Who knows where this goes? They certainly don’t but if you want to find out give Adam & Jon a listen below.

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