Monthly Archives: April, 2015

'The Age of Adaline' A woman's worst curse: never aging by Pamela Powell

April 25th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'The Age of Adaline' A woman's worst curse: never aging by Pamela Powell”
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'Insidious' Interactive Adventure in Chicago by Pamela Powell

April 25th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Insidious' Interactive Adventure in Chicago by Pamela Powell”
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Find out how to get a free day pass to Chicago’s C2E2 and a tour of INSIDOUS 3’s 4D adventure!
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'Like Sunday, Like Rain' Interview with Frank Whaley by Pamela Powell

April 22nd, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Like Sunday, Like Rain' Interview with Frank Whaley by Pamela Powell”

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Frank Whaley talks with the host of WKCC’s The Reel Focus about his new film “Like Sunday, Like Rain.”  Listen to the origins of the title and what sparked the story line!

Interview with filmmaker Frank Whaley

Like Sunday, Like Rain trailer

'DO NOT TRACK' Tribeca Premiere by Pamela Powell

April 18th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'DO NOT TRACK' Tribeca Premiere by Pamela Powell”

 

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Check out the article about computer tracking in Brett Gaylor’s new web series, DO NOT TRACK.

DO NOT TRACK Article from The Daily Journal

'Ex Machina' A Cinematic Masterpiece by Pamela Powell

April 18th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Ex Machina' A Cinematic Masterpiece by Pamela Powell”

 

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Check out the review of EX MACHINA as it appeared in The Daily Journal on Friday, April 17, 2015

EX MACHINA review in The Daily Journal

'Woman In Gold' A True Treasure by Pamela Powell

April 18th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Woman In Gold' A True Treasure by Pamela Powell”

 

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Go to the link below to read the review of “Woman in Gold” as it appeared in The Daily Journal on Friday, April 17.

“Woman In Gold” in The Daily Journal

Photos Days 1 & 2 Tribeca Film Festival by Pamela Powell

April 17th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Photos Days 1 & 2 Tribeca Film Festival by Pamela Powell”

Check out photos from  Days 1 & 2 of the  2015 Tribeca Film Festival!

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'Clouds of Sils Maria' A Beautifully Eloquent Look at Aging by Pamela Powell

April 14th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Clouds of Sils Maria' A Beautifully Eloquent Look at Aging by Pamela Powell”

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Published on Tuesday, April 14 in The Daily Journal

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Trailer for CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

 

'The Human Experiment' Interview with filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy

April 14th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'The Human Experiment' Interview with filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy”

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Dana Nachman and Don Hardy join Pamela Powell on WKCC to talk about their new documentary film, “The Human Experiment.”  Find out what’s hiding in our everyday products and learn what you can do to make changes to protect yourself and your family.

Interview on WKCC’s The Reel Focus

For more information about “The Human Experiment” and how you can see it, go to www.thehumanexperimentmovie.com

'The Longest Ride' Truly Was by Pamela Powell

April 13th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'The Longest Ride' Truly Was by Pamela Powell”
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The Longest Ride is yet another of Nicholas Sparks’ books turned into a movie.  This time, it’s not the story that has everyone’s tongues wagging (and heart beating), it’s the surname of the leading man: Eastwood.  Scott Eastwood is none other than Clint’s son, and he’s making a name for himself as a cowboy—just like his dad.   According to ‘Entertainment Weekly’ magazine, the similarities go way beyond the cowboy hat, though.  Scott’s resemblance to his father was “…the first thing Sparks and director George Tillman, Jr. noticed when the-longest-ride-scott-eastwood-01-636-380the 29 year old marched in…to audition…”  Tillman emphasized that Scott, however, “…won the role on his own.”  Audiences will soon find out that he has the charm and charisma as well as the good looks to win any role on his own.
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“The Longest Ride” follows Sparks’ tried and true formula of handsome boy meets beautiful girl, boy and girl have issues, boy and girl overcome the issues and live happily ever after.  For those of you (or maybe I should say, for those two people) who have never seen a Sparks based movie or read one of his books, here’s a little more detailed synopsis of this particular film.  Luke Collins (Eastwood), a champion bull rider, pushes the envelope of his career skills too far and gets seriously injured.  But that isn’t enough to stop him.  He must continue to ride because it’s what he knows how to do.  After a comeback ride, he locks eyes with  Sophia (Robertson), a beautiful, smart, and city-loving senior art student at nearby Wake Forest University.  Their paths meander to and fro and with a simple fateful night, thanks to Ira Levinson, the two figure out how true love can endure.  There.  I hope you both enjoyed the detailed synopsis of the newest rendition of Nicholas Sparks’ film.
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All in all this is a typical Nicholas Sparks love story.  It’s sweet and sappy and does not have one inkling of reality to it.  It is complete escapism into a world of perfect love and romance that sparks the thought, just once we  wish our significant others would do something similar. (Sorry, guys.) You know, like an impromptu picnic by a lake during sunset with a lantern to perfectly light our faces.  Just once.  But I digress.
The story follows the formula perfectly as the first moments of love turn into a stressful conflict as Luke and Sophia wrestle with their emotions and their intellect, knowing that their lives are incompatible.  Enter the old and wise Ira Levinson (Alan Alda) whoLongestRidetrailerAlanAlda finds a way to permeate their lives on every level.  His age and experiences parallel some of the emotions that Luke and Sophia have and this, in turn, significantly impacts each of their lives. The writing does not stray from the formula which brings it to the predictable conclusion.
Britt Robertson’s performance is ideal for the role.  Her abilities are far superior to what she is expected to do in this film, giving her complete ease in the role of Sophia.  Eastwood is the dreamy and tough, yet charming and caring young man that could sweep anyone off her feet.  What keeps this film moving is Alda’s performance.  He brings a soulful and at times humorous performance to the role of Ira, a sThe-Longest-Ride-Valentines-Day-Trailereasoned veteran of life, love, and war.  Oona Chaplin’s performance as the young Ruth Levinson is rather one dimensional, and that dimension is over the top.
“The Longest Ride” should be re-titled, “The Longest Seating.”  At a deadly 139 minutes, it would have taken more than an angry bull named Rango to jolt me back to life.  It is painstakingly detailed in the writing, directing, and apparent lack of editing. Why must we know each bull’s name?  How many minute-long closeups do we really need?  However, the two stories we the_longest_ridesee unfold before us are wonderfully romantic.  The use of flashbacks as Ira tells Sophia about his life with Ruth keeps us interested in not only knowing how Ira’s story ends, but how he will help Luke and Sophia.  The conclusion is already known, but how he gets to that end point is rather creative.
“The Longest Ride” is a typical Nicholas Sparks film complete with unrealistic romantic expectations and happily ever afters.  That’s what we have come to expect from this writer and his films and that is exactly what he delivers.  If you enjoy sweet and sappy love stories, you’re going to enjoy this one too.

Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Interviews by Pamela Powell

April 9th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Tribeca Film Festival Filmmaker Interviews by Pamela Powell”
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Reel Honest Reviews’ radio show, The Reel Focus, on WKCC featured filmmakers whose films will make their debut at the Tribeca Film Festival next week.  Check out the interviews right here!

Requiem for the American Dream, filmmakers Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott interview  WKCC’s The Reel Focus Audio Link

Better to Live, filmmaker Linda G. Mills interview  WKCC’s The Reel Focus Audio Link

The Shaman, filmmaker Marco Kalantari interview WKCC’s The Reel Focus Audio Link

'Furious 7' Formulaic Fantasy by Pamela Powell

April 6th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Furious 7' Formulaic Fantasy by Pamela Powell”

If you missed it in The Daily Journal on Friday, April 3, here’s the review of this mega-hit film this weekend, “Furious 7.”

Furious 7 Movie Poster“Furious 7,” starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, reunite to give us yet another fast-paced, high intensity, and overwhelmingly explosive variation on the previously successful formulaic films.  “Furious 7” picks up where “Fast & Furious 6” left off.  The saga continues, but alas, this will be Paul Walker’s third and final film to be released post-humously.  Sadly and ironically, Paul Walker died in a car crash in November, 2013.  Although he is primarily known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the “Furious” films, this reviewer remembers him fondly in the role of Skip Martin from “Pleasantville”and as Nolan Hayes from the intense and emotional one-man film called “Hours.”furiousstunt

“Furious 7” starts with a bang—and a crash and several more ka-booms—as is expected.  We now find that the crew must be reunited to defend themselves against Deckard Shaw who seeks revenge for his brother’s severe injuries.  After several glass shattering fights and an exploding house, the group is enlisted by “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell) to help rescue a (computer hacking/code writing) damsel in distress.  In return, “Mr. Nobody” will give the crew access to “God’s Eye” which will enable them to track Shaw and eliminate him.  Of course, this will require traveling to Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, and various scenic places around the globe where

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Credit is given with this film’s efforts in attempting to write sub-plots involving each of the main characters.  Hobbs (Johnson) is a father and a cop who is injured and is hospitalized (with his shirt off, of course) fighting the demons of bad ’70’s television programming from his hospital bed. Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) wrestle with her amnesia and Brian (Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) tackle parenthood and which buttons to push to open the automatic door in their Honda Odyssey.  Humor is not lost on these situations nor is it lost in the banter among the group.  Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) have a wonderful antagonistic relationship that adds levity exactly where it doesn’t (and couldn’t possibly) belong—which is perfect.
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The aerial panoramic views of various cities of the world are dizzyingly beautiful.  With amazing chase scenes requiring various angles of shooting, this aspect of the cinematography is captivating and at times, breathtaking.  With amazing stunt work, car driving, and some sort of cinematic magic making things like cars jumping from one high rise to another look truly realistic, you won’t take your eyes off the screen.  Unfortunately, the stop-frame filming of the fight scenes is visually disturbing which does makes you take your eyes off the screen.  As I mentioned in the review for “Fast and Furious 6,” it is always perplexing that people can be tossed through windows, beaten with crowbars, and bounced off of moving cars with only a minor scratch on the cheek.  Have no fear, this Superman imperviousness continues on in “Furious 7.”

“Furious 7” doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is:  a high action film with impressive stunts and continues bouts of of physical demonstration of brute strength and a bit of wit.  Don’t expect anything more than that.  The acting isn’t great, but did you expect it to be?  Vin Diesel’s delivery and lack of emotion brings you to laughter, but perhaps that’s the goal.  It’s an action flick and that’s it.  Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, this film is completely sexist.  Not only are there a myriad number of scantily clad women, the gratuitous tush shots are so up close and personal that no one but a gastroenterologist could get any closer. Then we have Johnson’s character with the most memorable and offensive lines.  There are, however, a few prophetic phrases sprinkled into the mix in an attempt to make it more meaningful, but this just feels strangely awkward.   And unfortunately, there are several lines that Mr. Walker utters that foreshadfuriousassow his fate.  

Overall, if you can look at this film as a comedic endeavor with lots of action and absolutely nothing more, then you can enjoy it.   “Furious 7” is chocked full of car chases with cool cars, mofuriousfightre fight scenes and explosions than you can count, and preposterous situations that will make you chuckle.  The final 20-30 minutes are all shoot ’em up, blow ’em up scenes that just never seem to end.  This constant bombardment just becomes boring.
If you like car chase and  high action movies with lots of explosions and you have seen and enjoyed the previous 6 “Furious” films, then you’ll enjoy this one as well.  Adding a nice touch at the end of the film, an homage to Paul Walker’s work with video clips from previous “Furious” films is sweet and quite touching.  He will be missed.

RHR Joins The Daily Journal by Pamela Powell

April 4th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “RHR Joins The Daily Journal by Pamela Powell”

 

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I am proud to announce that Reel Honest Reviews will be the exclusive contributor to The Daily Journal and its three sister papers located  throughout the Midwest.  All of RHR’s reviews will initially and immediately be available on-line (as well as in print form)  at www.daily-journal.com!  Links to ALL of RHR’s reviews will be posted here so you won’t miss out!

Thanks, everyone for your support!  RHR is growing which is exciting news!  An on-line webcast through The Daily Journal is also in the works.  Details are being hammered out as I write.  You’ll be the first to know about the show!

Cheers!

 

'The Salt of the Earth' Portrays Devastation and Hope by Pamela Powell

April 3rd, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'The Salt of the Earth' Portrays Devastation and Hope by Pamela Powell”

The people are the salt of the Earth, but salt can be corrosive or it can add the necessary flavor to make life delectable.  The choice is ours and photographer Saldago, vividly portrays exactly the choices we have made in this documentary about life and death; vitality and destruction in a haunting yet hopeful way.

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As narrated by Wim Wenders and Saldago, we hear insightful information about capturing photos as they are uniquely influenced by the person looking through the viewfinder.  The most simplistic interpretation of what photography is can be boiled down to the meaning of this compound word: light (photo) and writing (graph).  Saldago’s view and timing with his camera isn’t just a photograph, however.  It’s much more complex; it telScreen Shot 2015-04-03 at 1.51.13 PMls a story.  The shades of black and white are too numerous to count, and somehow elicit emotions of anger, devastation, hope, and happiness that are so visually rich and deep that it leaves you speechless.

Wenders quest to find the artist behind a single photograph hung in a museum, lead him to this world-renowned photographer.  instantly was enamored upon viewing a photograph in a gallery taken by Saldago.   Learning more about this unique man prompted the production of this perceptive documentary.  Teaming up with Saldago’s adult son, Juliano, the three took one last adventure.  During this final escapade, Wenders  finds much more than just a photographer.  He finds a visionary man who impacts social and environmental change through many of the world’s atrocities.  Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 1.55.18 PM

Wenders tells us of Saldago’s extraordinary career using saved footage and images from the 1960’s through to the current day.  Much of Saldago’s career was spent away from his wife and young sons as he traveled the far reaches of the world in search of the images explaining the abominations and inhumanity in life.  The images are

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 2.10.54 PM disturbing to say the least.  And Saldago’s interpretation and explanation of what he experiences just accentuates the abuse of every aspect of this world.  It is truly a gut-wrenching display of our lack of respect for one another as well as our planet.  

Wenders takes us on the voyage of Saldago’s life from the time he decided to give up his lucrative career in economics to each segment of exploration.  Just when you think we are all doomed and nothing can reverse the corrosive hands of time, Saldago and his wife show us that we can make changes for the better.  He is showing us ways of bringing back the environment to its once natural and precious state with his research and determination.  He is truly a visionary of positive action.

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'FURIOUS 7' Formulaic Repeat by Pamela Powell

April 3rd, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'FURIOUS 7' Formulaic Repeat by Pamela Powell”

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