Top Cinedork Articles of 2011

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Top ten lists are all over the place so here at Cinedork we decided to take our Top Ten List and make it all about ourself (how narcissistic of us). Below are the top visited articles of 2011 on Cinedork.com! 10. Interview with James Wan and Leigh Whannell for “Insidious” – We sat down with […]

Don’s Best (and worst) Films of 2011

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The Best: The Artist (France, Michael Hazanavicius) This nearly totally silent, black-and- white film is a sizzling masterwork that celebrates not just the silent film but the film medium in general–both as a whole and as two very distinct halves separated by the breakthrough of sound. Simultaneously amusingly and poignantly, it portrays the emotional turmoil […]

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

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First-time director Sean Durkin has created one of the year’s most beguiling films, which is not to say it is free of bewilderment. MMMM is a moving portrait of the mental and emotional disintegration of a refugee from a rural “cult” of young people (mostly women) drawn into the clutches of an older, tyrannical male […]

PFF – Review: The Women in the Fifth

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The Women in the Fifth Is a french Fight Club drama piece-of-crap gone horribly wrong. If you want to see a movie where Ethan Hawke is really depressed and has sex with lots of women to try and compensate for it this is the film for you. Ethan Hawke’s performance in this is comparable to […]

Closing Night Costume Contest and Party – Philadelphia Film Festival

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? A night where you can dress up to be whomever you want! You can be a princess! (Enchanted) A mountain climber! (127 Hours) A Storm Trooper (I’m not helping you with that one) A Doctor (Who?) Anyone! You can even look like a bitch (Pulp Fiction) Well get ready because the […]

PFF – Review: The Kid With a Bike

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- You’re an 11-year-old boy living in a home for orphans. – You’re insistent on finding a way to ecape at every turn. – You’d do anything to find your father who abandoned you. – You stumble on a local hairdresser willing to take you in on weekends. So begins the latest heartwrenching odyssey from […]

PFF – Review: Melancholia

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Everywhere you look these days new films are tackling mental illness, the end of the world, or both. Leave it to provocateur, Hitler commentator, and visual poet Lars Von Trier (Dogville, Antichrist, Breaking The Waves) to tie the two subjects together with an uncanny verve and a vision which, while pitch-dark, contains more than a shred […]

PFF – Review: La Havre

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It’s not that Aki Kurismaki’s Le Havre uses the director’s trademark deadpan humor to escape from life’s harsh realities. Rather, Le Havre’s exquisitely offbeat style and genuinely believable, quirky characters stand up as a commonsense solution to the film’s theme of the ethics surrounding illegal immigration. Andre Wilms is wonderful as a shoeshine man who […]

PFF – Review: Butter

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A movie about butter sculpting. Ha! As in not-so-funny…. While exhibitng a handful of moments of sharp satire, Butter is largely a toned-down send-up of a Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachman-esque character (Jennifer Garner) smack in the middle of Iowa. The film is far too schmaltzy to effectively hold up a mirror to the timidity and insipidness of […]

PFF – Review: Miss Bala

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According to the new film Miss Bala, the bizarre level of corruption in response to Mexico’s drug cartel violence infests every nook and cranny of the country’s society. Director Gerardo Naranjo offers a searing peek into this harrowing, topsy-turvy world in one of the year’s most inventive films (Mexico’s official entry into this years Academy […]

PFF – Review: A Dangerous Method

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There’s a memorable and telling line in A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg’s intellectually stimulating film about psychoanalysis pioneers Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the affect a young female patient turned psychiatrist has on their relationship. Freud, happy to finally meet his younger disciple, is also careful to instruct him to stick with rigid scientific […]

PFF – Review: Underwater Love

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This parody of sorts is probably the strangest thing you could possibly see at the Philadelphia Film Festival, or ever maybe…… A tale of a factory worker who is about to get married to her kind yet sex-crazed, husband when she meets a Kappa. This…. part duck-part turtle-part human creature is a reincarnation of her […]

Philadelphia Film Festival – Must see Films with Special Guests

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LIKE WATER followed by Q&A with Director Pablo Croce Sunday, October 23; 5:10pm Ritz East Inspiring, exciting and often absolutely hilarious, this incredible portrait of Anderson Silva follows the UFC champion through the training for the most important fight of his career. Many people know of Anderson Silva as one of the greatest mixed martial […]

PPF20 – Review – Like Crazy

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A good chunk of Like Crazy is so minimal you’ll need a magnifying glass to find it. Director Drake Doremus (2010′s Douchebag, and no he didn’t win the snag award) valiantly tries to emulate masterful British director Mike Leigh by going essentially scriptless. About all this film has in common with Leigh (Another Year, Secrets […]

PFF20 – Review – The Artist

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The Artist, the nearly totally silent film shot in black-and-white, is pure stunning. If you decide to skip it based on either of those two unique characteristics, you’ll be doing yourself a major disservice. Director Michel Hazanavicius has constructed no less than a sizzling masterwork celebrating not just the silent film but the film medium […]

20th Annual – Philadelphia Film Festival (Our Staff Picks)

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This Thursday kicks off the 20th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct 20th through Nov 3rd) and it looks to be a very interesting few weeks. We will be covering every bit of the festival that we can even if that means we will be insomniacs (or falling asleep during the bad movies….) Don’s Picks: Casting […]