Film Review: Willow Creek

Film Review: Willow Creek

Note: This film was reviewed in 2013 at its premiere at IFFBoston.

I’m not a fan of found footage movies. In fact, since “The Blair Witch Project,” the only other found footage film I’ve enjoyed was “Cloverfield.” Then along came “Willow Creek,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest film, which is certainly a successful departure from his past work.

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The LonelyReviewer Show – Episode 8: “Man of Beer”

The LonelyReviewer Show – Episode 8: “Man of Beer”

lr-Podcast-ArtworkIn Episode 8 of The LonelyReviewer Show, we talk about Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, and what’s left for movies the rest of this summer!

Let us know what you think of the show in the comments section below!

Enjoy the episode below, download directly here, subscribe in iTunes, and for you non-iTunes people, you can find the feed here!

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The LonelyReviewer Show is produced in conjunction with Justin’s blog Another Empty Glass

The LonelyReviewer Show: Episode 5:(00) Days of Summer

The LonelyReviewer Show: Episode 5:(00) Days of Summer

lr-Podcast-ArtworkWe’re back at it with the latest episode of “The LonelyReviewer Show!” In this episode, we talk all about SUMMER MOVIES. What we are looking forward to, and more!

If you like the show, leave a comment below, and you might win a free Redbox rental!

Enjoy the episode below, download directly here, subscribe in iTunes, and for you non-iTunes people, you can find the feed here!

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The LonelyReviewer Show is produced in conjunction with Justin’s blog Another Empty Glass

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!

Listen to The Lonely Reviewer – Episode 1: “A New Hope”
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Film Review: Newlyweds

Film Review: Newlyweds

The film business is constantly changing. The last few years have been a renaissance of really great independent film. New filmmakers are being able to tell their stories with very little overhead, thanks to increasingly affordable high quality cameras. Now, it is easier to make the films you want to make, without the stress of pleasing investors/studio heads. In fact, its getting so much easier, and it is great to see established artists like Ed Burns leading the pack with films like ‘Nice Guy Johnny,’ and now ‘Newlyweds.’

‘Newlyweds,’ was, shot for the lowest budget possible, filmed on the run, and stars a group of really great actors. It’s a fun story about relationships centered around a newlywed couple.

Buzzy (Ed Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald) are two newlyweds that feel they have the perfect marriage. Both deeply in love, they feel that the reason their relationship works so well is because they hardly see each other. Both on their second marriage, they find the equilibrium they’ve reached disrupted when Buzzy’s half sister Linda (Kerry Bishé) shows up, and Katie’s own sister is having her own marriage problems.

The film is shot entirely on a Canon 5D, a DSLR that is quickly becoming the camera of choice of many filmmakers because of its affordability and great looking image. The film was mostly shot on street corners in Tribeca, and different restaurants and bars around lower Manhattan. This style gives the film almost a fly-on-the wall feel, less polished, rough around the edges, almost unrehearsed. An otherwise fairly simple story is enhanced by the great characters and actors, and charm from the way it was shot.

While the 5D works very well for most of the film, there are definitely a handful of scenes that shake to the point where you actually notice it. For the most part, the handheld style works, but the specific scenes I’m thinking of really draws attention to the fact that someone is literally hand holding a digital SLR camera. But still, it isn’t enough to ruin the rest of the film.

‘Newlyweds,’ isn’t Shakespeare by any means, its also not your typical independent film. It’s not trying to be provocative, controversial, it is simply a fun, better than average romantic comedy, with echoes of Woody Allen. What I find fascinating is that Burns was able to make a commercial film, the way he wanted, and it cost under 10k to produce. Granted, he’s Ed Burns. Not just anyone can make a film like this and distribute it to on-demand services everywhere. But, it definitely is something all filmmakers should recognize as a step in the right direction for everyone.

‘Burn After Reading’ Trailer Online

The Coen brothers’ first film after their Oscar winning ‘No Country For Old Men’ now has a trailer online.  The first trailer for ‘Burn After Reading’ is now available for download on iTunes. And it’s pretty friggin’ funny. The film seems to be more ‘classic’ Coen, sort of in the vein of a lighthearted ‘Fargo.’ The trailer is pretty Brad Pitt-centric and the guy seems to deliver.

Can’t wait until September to get a taste of the movie? Then download the red band trailer through here!

Apple Signs Deal with HBO

Steve Jobs, unlike his usual self, made a concession to Hollywood, shifting what had been a stringent pricing scheme for TV Show episode downloads.

To date, the standard pricing for TV shows on iTunes has been $1.99, in this new deal with HBO, some will sell for more then standard. Also, episodes will not be available for purchase until the DVD is released.

This week, popular shows like ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ and ‘Deadwood,’ will be available for sale. With most of the library to follow.

The whole situation is pretty interesting, as I’m pretty sure Apple lost NBC as a content provider to its hesitance to allow variable pricing. HBO has been a hold out, with the danger of compromising their rather expensive subscription based service.

Things available for legal download are always a good thing, but I’d be nervous to stray from $1.99 an episode. With TV shows available to download via Torrent, people are hesitant to even pay a $1.99.

The Lonely Reviewer Show: Episode 3

In this episode we take a look at how Digital Downloads, and artists like NIN are paving the way for the impending Digital Future. We also discuss Platinum Dunes and their horror movie remakes. You can find it all, on the Lonely Reviewer show: Episode 3

send comments, suggestions, insults to: lr@lonelyreviewer.com (or post in the comment section of this article!)

LA Times Reports: Teens Not Buying CDs

The LA Times also discovered, water is wet, and that Arrested Development is never, ever coming back to television. In a recent survey of almost 5,000 Teenagers, 48% of them had bought no CDs in the year 2007.  It was recently announced that iTunes has become the No. 2 Music seller in the country, with Wal-Mart at #1, its no wonder I’ve seen so many record stores closing in my area.

It’s sad, I loved going to a record store, but the prices have always been (and sometimes still are) ridiculous, and unfortunately, moving to the internet is the only way to change with the times. In fact, Sam Goody still owes me 10 bucks for a preorder I made that never shipped, course their Chapter 11 now, so they can keep my 10 bucks, they need it more then me. The next need is to get these people getting their music online to pay for it, because despite this shift from buying CDs, only 29 million bought their music online, legally.

How do you get your music?

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