“In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman (Pace) begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm (Untaru), a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances.” -imdb
You truly do yourself a disservice by not seeing The Fall. The film is gorgeous with vivid imagery and wondrous depth, shot in 18 different countries around the world. Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru are pure magic. The Fall has everything you could want: action, beauty, humor, and heart. We are so pleased the Spike Jonze and David Fincher pushed Tarsem Singh to share his imagination with us via this film.
In a nutshell: In 1957 an alien lawman crashes on Earth and must hunt down a deadly extraterrestrial monster.
Often in the arts (and lest we forget, motion pictures can be classified as art... as long as Uwe Boll isn't involved, that is) a well intentioned homage can end up as little more than an inferior copy. Thus we have our flick this time, which is nothing more, and a bit less, than a slavish recreation of one of those goofy B-grade science fiction sagas from the 50's that […]
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Atomik had the wonderful opportunity to screen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and we must tell you we enjoyed the heck out of ourselves.
Playing the John Williams Indiana Jones theme on repeat while we waited for people to finish trickling in was also a fun treat. (Though, after a handful of times we couldn't help but wish the next track would play because those are some wonderful soundtracks.)
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Vikings have a special place in my heart. Along with ninjas, giant spiders, masked slashers and girl on girl kung fu, the world is just better for having them in it. Alas, to my knowledge, there has been very little crossover in terms of Vikings and the horror genre.
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In a nutshell: A teen martial artist must track down seven magic talismans in order to prevent global destruction.
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Angels & Demons
In a nutshell: Symbologist Robert Langdon races against time to prevent an act of apocalyptic terrorism against the Vatican.
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Monsters Vs. Aliens
In a nutshell: Monsters kept as secret weapons by the government are sent into action against invading aliens.
There is a vast difference between making fun of something and having fun with something. The former can be a cruel and snarky exercise, while the latter can be a humor-laced homage to a cherished subject... which is exactly what our pick this week is all about.
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In a nutshell: In this documentary sampler, three animal families journey across vastly different wilderness environments.
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Saw it, loved it, bought the DVD and promptly reconfigured my DVD player because, of course, it wasn’t available in an Australian region release. Never mind: Stupid Shall Not Conquer.
Brilliant film, with some of the finest cinematic imagery I’ve seen in years interwoven with fine storytelling. At times it veers dangerously close to sentimentality, but the energy and pace and visual glory of the meta-story not only rescue the work, but lift it into the realms of the classics. I’ve already re-watched it twice, and will probably put it on my very short list of films that can be seen repeatedly without wearing out their welcome.
The amount of depth in this film cements it as a favorite of mine. Next to the intense visuals and the sometimes startling imagery, this is really one that if you missed, you’re missing out.
I am totally on board. I discovered this movie this past winter and fell in love with it. It was the first time (to use a cliche) that I watched a movie and then immediately played it again all the way through. All the acting is beautiful, but Catinca Untaru is awesome. The love between Pace and Untaru is deep and moving despite being platonic love between a man and a little girl — they really seem more like best friends than anything else. The cinematography nearly gave me a stroke. The end (or the part just before the end) made me cry like a fucking baby. I can’t recommend this movie highly enough.
I couldn’t agree with you more. I also fell in love the first time that I saw it and count myself lucky for getting the chance to see it in a theater.
This is one that I go back and watch every once in a while and it gets better every time.