It's been fairly quiet around here this week... almost too quiet. If Cinematic Attic were a movie, I'd be walking down a deserted street, sidestepping newspapers proclaiming an imminent zombie apocalypse. I'd have no idea how I got here, and I'd have no idea what to do. Then suddenly, a mutant vampire would grab at my leg from a sewer grate! OK, I guess it's not been that quiet here, and I imagine we writers got all hot and bothered for the Oscars and then ended up taking this week off to recover Read more [...]

3 Decidedly Different Documentaries

This last weekend I happened upon three "documentaries." I put the word in quotation marks because out of the three, only one looked and performed like what I'd consider a traditional documentary. Here's what I saw: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives Actually, you can watch this documentary online. I'll even embed it here, so go nuts because it's great and relatively short (one hour). PARALLEL WORLDS, PARALLEL LIVES from EELS on Vimeo. If it's not working or if you'd prefer to know what the documentary Read more [...]

Emily Blunt Force Trauma

Let me be Blunt: I watched three (3) Emily Blunt movies in the last two days. This was originally coincidental, but then deliberate (once I thought of the title for a blog post, I sort of created a self-fulfilling prophecy). The last time we came back to Costa Rica I brought with us some old copies of "Entertainment Weekly" that my family was done with, and some of the movies that came up in lots of reviews and interesting comments happened to involve Emily Blunt. I then decided to watch three Read more [...]

Top 12 of 2012: For Your Consideration: “Moonrise Kingdom” (By Mike2D2)

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! Today we're going to continue our look back at 2012--it certainly had a lot of good movies, didn't it? Tonight we'll have a review of a movie that made basically all of our editors' lists, and it will be the first post by our writer Mike2D2! The article was originally just a series of beeps, blips, and whistles, but fortunately our protocol droid was able to convert it into Standard English (a Bocce translation will follow soon). Enjoy! For Your Consideration: Read more [...]

Top 12 of 2012: “Cloud Atlas” (“Co-Review” by the Sitzchowski Brothers)

Good evening! We're back today with an admittedly enormous post to continue our 2012 review. It's so long that it even has two authors, who both took on new identities; Now Ryan and Paul are calling themselves the Sitzchowski Brothers in homage to the Wachowskis, the sibling pair who co-directed Cloud Atlas (along with director Tom Tykwer... but unless we can convince Jake to play "Tom Jykewer," then we'll just have one author fewer than the movie has directors). We'll begin with Paul's argument Read more [...]

Top 12 of 2012: “Django Unchained” (An Essay By Djake)

Good Evening! Tonight we'll continue looking back at 2012 with a review by Djake ("The D's silent," he assured me). This movie also made our group's Top 12 list, even though it came out in the final week of 2012. It's also currently leading our Readers' Poll of The Best Movies of 2012, which you should be sure to participate in by going here. Anyhow, without further ado, here's the review: Djake: I knew I would love Django Unchained as soon as I heard Quentin Tarantino was making a "Southern" Read more [...]