Gravity Review **SPOILER FREE**

Gravity, the first feature film by the endlessly talented Alfonso Cuarón since his fantastic Children of Men (2006), is a dazzling display of directorial and cinematographic prowess on par with every scientifically influenced film this side of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. James Cameron has gone as far as to say that it’s “the best space film ever done,” […]

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FILM REVIEW: Prisoners

There is a strange scene early in Prisoners, the English-language debut of French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (whose Oscar-nominated 2010 film Incendies was as shocking as it was heartbreaking): a close, static shot of a tree trunk. The scene’s presence is functionally unnecessary, considering the film’s 153-minute running time, and it adds zilch developmentally. Yet it is unsettling in its […]

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The World’s End Review **Spoiler-Free**

All that begins well does not necessarily end as such. That sentence is multiply applicable to writer/director Edgar Wright and writer/star Simon Pegg’s final installment of their “Three Flavours Cornetto/Blood and Ice Cream trilogy,” The World’s End, an uneven comedy heavier on fun than on funny when compared to its preceding unofficial chapters, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. […]

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Movie Review: Elysium

Taking its namesake from the ancient Greek concept of heaven, Elysium, South African sci-fi writer/director Neil Blomkamp’s second foray into feature film territory, is further evidence of a promising, burgeoning talent. Although it falls short of his first effort (the superlative District 9) in terms of overall “wow” factor, Elysium still showcases his certain knack for using genre cinema to […]

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Pacific Rim Review

Though this post is devoid of any real spoilers, some details of the film are discussed in greater depth than what has been shown in previews. For moviegoers who wish to retain as much mystery as possible going into the picture, it is advised that they see the film first and come back afterwards to compare their experience with the […]

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Filmmakers Alex & Felix Alvarez Creators of Night Terrors

Tuffgnarl had the chance to sit and yap with two of Miami’s Independent filmmakers, Alex Alvarez and Felix Alvarez (no relation) of Odd Job Productions, about their latest release which has won Miami’s Indie Film Clubs ‘I’m not gonna move to L.A.’  award for their film Night Terrors. It’s nine minutes of “a horror project we’d been working on for quite some time” Alex Alvarez […]

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Manborg Review

Director Steven Kostanski’s Manborg is not only a tribute to 80’s VHS, sci-fi, action trash cinema. It is an inspiration to all no-budget film makers everywhere. The 72 minute film was shot on a mere budget of $1,000 Canadian dollars (yes you read that right) and was filmed over three years. One could call Kostanski’s film company, Astron-6 the Canadian equivalent […]

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World War Z Review

With a world-sweeping plot reminiscent of Steven Soderberg’s Contagion, an intense, kinetic pace tastefully interspersed with snappy dialogue, and a leading man, in Brad Pitt, up to the task of anchoring it all in the realm of suspended disbelief, World War Z may very well be the best modern zombie film yet to grace cinemas. To say it was an […]

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Man of Steel Review

The film making scale of Man of Steel is right for the character. When Superman fights a group of Supermen it should basically bankrupt every insurance company on the planet. It should also make for buckets of popcorn being vacuum consumed by an engaged theater going public. The acting in Man of Steel was superb. From Russell Crowe’s Jor-El to […]

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