IFFBoston ’13 Spotlight: Downloaded

IFFBoston ’13 Spotlight: Downloaded

“Downloaded,” a documentary from Alex Winter (you might remember him from the Bill & Ted movies), chronicles the evolution of digital media sharing on the internet – and follows the infamous rise of Napster. [Read more…]

The LonelyReviewer Show – Episode 1: “A New Hope”

The LonelyReviewer Show – Episode 1: “A New Hope”

lr-Podcast-ArtworkThe LonelyReviewer Show was last seen in 2008 as a Videocast via Youtube/Ustream, so it gives me great joy to say it has finally returned! Rather than going the video route, Justin and I have decided that for this outing, audio is the way to go – giving you all something to listen to during your commute.

Produced in conjunction with Justin’s blog Another Empty Glass, The LonelyReviewer Show is going to be a monthly program  (for now…) where we meet, try a new beer, and talk about movies!

We’ve titled this Episode “A New Hope,” and we discuss stand out movies from 2012, and what we’ve got queued up to check out. I sincerely hope you enjoy the program! Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes, or download the podcast manually here, OR listen to it with the handy player below. We’d love to hear what you think, so please leave some comments!

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New Year, New Site!

New Year, New Site!

Happy New Year from LonelyReviewer!

We are happy to unveil the new look to LonelyReviewer! Same great content, sleeker, updated look! Instead of the rotating featured page, the new site features the 3 latest stories at the top, and as you scroll, new posts look a little more engaging.

We have A LOT more coming in 2013 for the site, one of them is the return of The LonelyReviewer Show! Justin and I will be hosting a monthly podcast (audio only), we’ve got to iron out the schedule, but look forward to that!

Also, we’ll be expanding the Music section of LonelyReviewer! More on that in the coming weeks.

We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below, and once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Review: The Conspirator

Review: The Conspirator

‘The Conspirator’ is the first of hopefully many historically accurate films from the newly founded American Film Company. Directed by Robert Redford, and starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright, the film chronicles the trial of the conspirators that were behind the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Released in the year of the 146th anniversary of President Lincoln, the film opens on eve of the death of the President. The film gives you the entire background, introducing its cast of characters, both the conspirators, and the individual that would eventually defend one of them, Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy).

Aiken, a Union veteran of the civil war is assigned the case by his mentor, US Sentator Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson). He takes the case, reluctantly, despite his own feelings on the matter, everyone has the right to a fair trial. As he investigates his clients case, he uncovers evidence that suggests while the main caretaker of the boarding house, her involvement in the actual conspiracy was peripheral, only because of her sons involvement.

The film does an amazing job of telling the story, you can feel the shock and anger of the period. With a budget of $25 million, ‘The Conspirator’ does a fairly good job capturing the period. But something about it was off. At times, it almost looked like I was watching a PBS or History Channel special, rather then a theatrical film. Every light had this excessively soft halo, that totally cheapened the look of everything. The performances and writing were of such high caliber, I truly do feel that the experience was hurt quite a bit by its production value. I was convinced that the film was actually shot on video, but, my research says it was actually shot on 35mm. I was thinking it may have been the fact that I was viewing it projected digitally, but I do feel that even the trailer online has the same look and feel to it.

Many reviews/critiques of the film have attempted to find a parallel between the story here, and what has happened at Guantanamo Bay. I don’t find this to be accurate at all. It is both fascinating and unfortunate that parallels can be drawn between countless historical events throughout human history, however, I don’t believe it was the filmmakers goal to draw those parallels in the case of this film. The film presents the facts as plainly and realistically as possible, and nothing here is commentary on what is happening today, other then to show us, perhaps things haven’t changed as much as we think.

‘The Conspirator’ is an excellent, engaging film. If historical drama is not your thing, there won’t be a frame of this that you find interesting – but, if you have any interest in the conspiracy behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, this film is for you.

Announcing LonelyReviewer.com Forums

Clearly Rambo was not happy what this fellow said about him in an online forum.

There are a lot of things I’ve wanted for the site in the past few years, one of those is a special place for our readers to come chat about the movies we review, movies they see, etc. So, I’ve finally added a forum section to lonelyreviewer.com.

My hope is to eventually build a community for our readers to come talk about whatever they’d like to talk about, whether its related to the content on our site, or even general topics. A forum is what is definitely missing here and I hope we can spark some good conversations and debates.

Thanks for reading our site!


New Format Launched

Well, here it is, a whole new Lonely Reviewer!

All New Year, All New Website! Over the next few days you’ll watch this change slowly evolve and populate to become the all new Lonely Reviewer! For now, please forgive as the dust settles, as we’ll be working out kinks the rest of the week!

*UPDATE: We’ve also updated the mobile version, now compatible with Droid in addition to iPhone and iPod touch.

Biel and Copley to Sign On to A-Team

Jessica Biel and Sharlto Copley (from the awesome District 9) are about to sign on to Fox’s ‘A-Team.’ The film being produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Joe Caranahan also stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

Liam Neeson will be playing the role of Hannibal, originally made famous by George Peppard, and Jackson will be playing Sgt. “B.A.’ Baracus, portrayed by Mr. T in the series. Copley will play the helicopter pilot ‘Howling Mad,’ originally Dwight Schultz.

The film will start shooting this fall in Vancouver.

David Carradine Dies at 72

David Carradine Dies at 72

david carradineThe US Embassy says ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Kung Fu’ star David Carradine was found dead in Bangkok. He was in town filming his latest film, ‘Stretch.’

Carradine was known for his roles as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu, as well as ‘Big’ Bill Shelly in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha, folksinger Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory (1976), and as the title role of Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2.

The actor was 72-years old, he had over 200 film and television credits to his name. Initial reports from Thai news sources cited his death as a suicide, but his manager Chuck Binder has since announced that he believes the actor died of natural causes.

Tintin Release Date

It is official, Paramount and Sony have announced the official release schedule of the first Tintin movie, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”  being directed by Steven Spielberg. The film will be released December 23, 2011, after being released internationally in late October/early November.

The film stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Tintin, Daniel Craig as the villain Red Rachkam, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and a slew of other great actors.

The film has been in production since January of 2009, and is going to be much like the Zemeckis 3D motion capture films. The second film will be directed by Peter Jackson, who is also a producer, and depending on the success of the film, possibly a third.

The character of Tintin comes from the graphic novels written by Hergé, the story spans 24 books. The first book was published in 1929. Tintin is an international series, with over 200 million copies being sold worldwide, and translated into 70 different languages.

Academy Changes Rules for ‘Best Song’

After all the annoying songs due to Enchanted and Dreamgirls being nominated seventeen different times for best song (and not winning a single one I remind you) the Academy Awards have changed the rules regarding the nomination for best song.

Starting with the 81st Awards in 2009, the Academy will only permit two songs from one film to be nominated for an Oscar.

This is one of my least favorite categories, and I gotta say, two years in a row, I was shaking my head when neither of the films with three nominated song won.