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Author: Lauren Paz

Wiener-Dog Has No Legs to Stand On [Movie Review]

Wiener-Dog Review Editors Note: This is a review of Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog by mother-daughter duo Alicia Taylor and Lauren Paz, led by Alicia, with noted commentary from LP Before I even begin to discuss this…ahem…”comedy” film, let me confess.  I have been accused of being a “Cat Lady” (a stylish one, but one non-the-less).  My children have even gone as far as to say that I would side with one of our beloved pets over them, if push came to shove.  And it’s true, I love animals and believe they are the beings on this earth that most closely...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 – ‘The Anthropologist’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

The Anthropologist Review The Anthropologist is a mother/daughter documentary that is meant to discuss climate change and the impacts it is having on cultures all around the world. This message is a little less impactful then intended, buried under the history and current day traditions of these cultures. The interesting perspective seen in this film is produced from the unique, and very different, angles of a teenage girl and her anthropologist mother. If there is one thing an American teenager loves, it is traveling to areas where there is no electricity, no internet and no phones. Susan Crate is a...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 – ‘Complete Unknown’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Complete Unknown Review Tom (Michael Shannon) works hard to support his beautiful wife and maintain his comfortable lifestyle. Every day he goes to his dull job, where best friend Clyde (Michael Chernus) makes things a little more bearable, and he tries to make a difference through hard work. Somehow, he never seems to move forward, and finds himself immobilized, trying to be contempt but about to explode. Then, one night, Clyde brings his new love interest to dinner. Clyde’s new lady, Alice (Rachel Weisz), is mysterious, worldly, captivating and intelligent. But Alice has a secret that starts to make the...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 – ‘Embers’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Embers Review Embers introduces us to a post-apocalyptic world that, for once, doesn’t revolve around zombies. Instead, there has been a global neurological epidemic, leaving a small population wandering around with short-term memory loss. The film dives into humans looking for connections in a world where they cannot connect any of the pieces. While an interesting concept, how do you progress a movie where things continuously start over? The answer is, you don’t really. The characters grow a little, but mostly you are just along for the ride. This isn’t a format for everyone, so this is your warning. Embers gives...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 – ‘High-Rise’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

High-Rise Review High-Rise is a beautifully filmed, incredibly acted, weird as fuck film filled with stunning imagery. But let’s not gloss over the weird as fuck part. Most of the descriptions you find will say something like: a film about a group of residents in a high-rise tower who go a bit off the rails when the power turns off. While not an inaccurate summary, it doesn’t really do justice to the weirdness that is this film. The book the film is based off was written in the 70s, if you couldn’t tell. Laing (Tom Hiddleston) moves into the...

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SFN @ DIFF 2016 – ‘Other People’ [MOVIE REVIEW]

Other People Review This review must be prefaced with the fact that this movie is a drama. Sure there are a few laugh out loud moments, and yes the cast does consist of comedic all-stars, such as Molly Shannon, Zach Woods, Kerri Kenney and Retta, but this is no comedy. Now that we have set that expectation aside, it can confidently be said that Other People is an honest, well-acted, perfectly paced film about a son who is a bit down on his luck and has to move home to help his dying mother. Sure the description seems like...

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‘Goosebumps’ Brings the Thrills but Lacks the Chills [MOVIE REVIEW]

Goosebumps Review What product of the 90’s wasn’t excited to hear a Goosebumps movie was going to be released? Between the books on the shelves that you sometimes hid under you bed (it’s okay, you can admit it) and the TV show that only rivaled Are You Afraid of the Dark? there were great expectations for night terrors and nostalgia for this film. Anything that had a baby Ryan Gosling in it sets the bar pretty high. Then, the trailer was released – and said expectations were significantly lowered. Goosebumps was always cheesy, but the trailer brought that to...

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‘Black Mass’ – Depp Shows a Forgotten Depth [MOVIE REVIEW]

Black Mass Review Johnny Depp releases his first movie, in what seems like ages, where intrigue has been sparked that we might receive the type of performance we had come to expect from him ten to twenty years ago. Audiences couldn’t take another let down from the seemingly fading, quirky light that once drew both “artistic” and “main stream” viewers alike to theaters. The trailer for Black Mass inspired hope, anticipation and, dare I say, excitement. To the relief of Depp fans everywhere, the film did not disappoint. Do not piss this guy off Black Mass is the factually...

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