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Check out the article about computer tracking in Brett Gaylor’s new web series, DO NOT TRACK.
Check out the review of EX MACHINA as it appeared in The Daily Journal on Friday, April 17, 2015
Go to the link below to read the review of “Woman in Gold” as it appeared in The Daily Journal on Friday, April 17.
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.
For more information about “The Human Experiment” and how you can see it, go to www.thehumanexperimentmovie.com
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
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,” 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.”
“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
impressive car chases, fights, and explosions look that much more stylistic.
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.
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 foreshadow 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, more 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.
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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.
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 tells 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.
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
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.