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Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)



Won’t You Be My Neighbor 

Director: Morgan Neville

Starring: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin, Francois Clemmons, David Newell

A review by Jon Caron

Won’t You Be My Neighbor affected me far more than any other film I can think of in recent years. It has stirred a lot of memories and feelings inside of me that I have either chosen to put aside or suppress entirely. This review is going to get personal. I never get personal. Some of the closest people to me only know vague details of my upbringing, it’s something that while I acknowledge had a substantial part in forming who I am as a person, I choose not to dwell on or use it as either a crutch or some kind of ‘I overcame’ type story. It’s just my life...

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FilmFrak The Podcast 14: THE ALIEN WOMAN OF WONDER



Welcome to FilmFrak The Podcast 14

As Adam and Jon nurse the consequences of nocturnal addictions from the evening before things start off a little low energy this month…but fear not dear listeners once the chatter turns to cinematic obsessions things get lively fast.

This episode the woman with the lasso of truth and an invisible plane (not that it’s in the film but even if it were, would we see it?) takes the lead as we talk WONDER WOMAN.

ALIEN CONVENANT, WAR MACHINE, BAYWATCH, YOUR NAME, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, THE CIRCLE and LEGO BATMAN follow. Then we turn our attention to the film we just screened before the show, FREE FIRE. The documentaries MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI and BORN IN CHINA are touched upon and much love for the retro 4K cinema screening of HIGHLANDER.

After tha...

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Dom Hemingway (2013)



Writer/Director: Richard Shepard

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Demian Bichir, Madalina Diana Ghenea

“Oh. I’ll tell you who I am. I’m the fucker who’ll tear your nose off with my teeth. I’m the fucker who will gut you with a dull cheese knife and sing Gilbert and Sullivan while I do it. I’m the fucker who’ll dump your dead body in a freezing cold lake and watch you sink to the bottom like so much shit. I am that fucker. That’s the fucker who I am.” Dom Hemingway

A witty comedy drama; DOM HEMINGWAY is an inebriated fraking nihilist prick searching for sexual gratification and financial retribution…things don’t go as planned.

We meet our toxic title character Dom, as he pontificates about the daunting force of his throbbing male arsenal while sta...

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldena, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Dijmon Hounsou, John C. Riley


An unconventional review for an unconventional blockbuster. 

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-poster-3I had lost hope there was ever going to be another film that would ever make me the feel the way this made me feel. I was not prepared. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (GOTG) provided an impenetrable sense of immersed escapism that was almost transcendent, I wasn’t a viewer, I was a participant. My inner child, the one who was taken to a galaxy far, far away many moons ago was being fed the primordial building blocks that birthed a life spanning, debilitating cinematic obsession...

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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012)

Harry Dean Stanton : Partly Fiction

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - Festival Poster

Director: Sophie Huber

Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, Debbie Harry

Harry Dean Stanton and Kris Kristofferson

Harry Dean Stanton and Kris Kristofferson

“He’s a poet, he’s a picker
He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher
He’s a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he’s stoned.
He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction,
Takin’ ev’ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.”Kris Kristofferson

HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION doesn’t purport to be a biographical documentary and instead aims higher glimpsing a multi-talented enigma on his own fraking terms.

Recognizable but nameless to the general public, a naturalistic, committed god among actors to those who love him,  Kentucky  born Harry Dean Stanton has appeared...

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Pacific Rim Review


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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