'Extraordinary Tales' Doesn’t Breathe Life Into PoeThere’s a lot of stuff that works on paper in Raul Garcia’s "Extraordinary Tales." The project is a collection of famous stories from Edgar Allen Poe, adapted into animated shorts and narrated by the likes of the late Christopher Lee and celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Yet despite how good Lee’s voice sounds when he speaks Poe’s lyrical prose, the shorts don’t come together into a compelling whole.
Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution' Reviewed
Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Hello! Junichi' ReviewedMy introduction to Japanese artist and director Katsuhito Ishii was, oddly enough, at the 2005 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. I had no idea what I was getting into at a screening of The Taste Of Tea -- a hilarious, quiet, outrageous, sensitive, violent, magical and sob-provoking tale of a multi-generational family.
'Pot (The Movie)' Features Plight Of Minnesota FamilyA movie premiering Saturday at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival is taking on marijuana. Michael Hope's film, "Pot (the movie)," tells the plight of a Minnesota woman who gave her son medical marijuana.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsAccording to the URL for this blog post, this is the 100th edition of "This Week's Best Bets." How time flies when you're sitting in the dark for an untold number of two-hour chunks. And what better way is there to spend the aftermath of a long election campaign drawing to a close and some of the first snowflakes promising a long, cold, harsh winter ahead?
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsCheck out this week's best bets from repertory and limited-run screenings!
Movie Blog: The Scariest Movie EverTobe Hooper's ruthless 1974 shocker isn't just one of the greatest horror movies ever made, it's also one of the most powerfully terrifying. Not in the way that jumps out at you and gives you those mechanized, cattle-prod starts once every 10 or 15 minutes, but rather in the way that crawls under your skin and turns it jaundiced and greasy with fear.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsHeroes in a half shell are indeed a bodaciously tempting offer, but if the rest of the month is looking pretty anemic for new movie offerings on a mass scale, maybe you'd like to scale down and sample one of these options?
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsPicnics with hot dogs, fireworks with sparklers, miniature American flags with parades. They're all fine and dandy, but don't you want to catch some of the explosively entertaining options available at area movie theaters this long holiday weekend?
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsToo often I tie your decision on whether or not you should catch a limited-release or repertory screening in the Twin Cities based solely on the weather. For much of the last year or two, that's been a winning bet on my part, with two endless winters and stifling summers.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsI'll give you five good reasons to check out a movie this week. I'm not talking about the titles I mention below. I'm talking about the cold and/or cloudy weather predicted for Monday through Friday this week.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsThere's only one major movie release set to storm multiplexes this coming weekend -- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 -- and there's a lot of rain and sleet in the 7-day forecast, so don't even pretend you don't want to hole up and catch some offbeat movie selections this week.
Movie Blog: This Week's Best BetsI bet you thought I was going to issue a postmortem on the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, right? After all, Saturday night was the closing night. Oh, no. Closing night is only the beginning. Now's the time to double back to catch all the audience favorites you missed the first time around!
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 17: 'Dom Hemingway' Director Q&ASometimes it takes months and months for movies that play the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival to show up in general release in the Twin Cities. Even more often, films from the festival roster don't show up again at all. And then every once in awhile an MSPIFF selection pops into theaters in a matter of days.
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: 'ILO ILO' What makes Ilo Ilo more than just another family drama is the nuance with which writer/director Anthony Chen builds his characters. While each one appears based on a stereotype (the commanding mother, the shy maid, the troublesome son), they also have certain flaws or attributes that make them, as individuals, appear much more human than the usual fare that alights in family dramas, which are so fatally prone to melodrama.