Jim Tudor

Review: NOT FADE AWAY Fails to Start Me Up

For fans of the now-legendary HBO series The Sopranos, the Chase is on again. Chase as in David Chase, that program's uber-respected creator and detail-crazed driving force. Now, he's taken that amassed industry cred, and cashed it in to make... More »
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Fantasy, More Real Than Real: THE HOBBIT, HFR And The Future Of Movies

Earlier this year, I found myself at a friend of a friend's apartment watching Tod Browning's 1932 masterpiece Freaks through the "motion smoothing" filter on his HD TV.  For me, the resulting video-like image of what should be the opposite... More »
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Review: DUST UP Kicks Up B-Movie Craziness and Laughs

With unhinged moxie and violent humor to spare, the low budget lark Dust Up is a surprise blast. For a movie so boyishly bent on Ozsploitation-esque no-man's land mutilation and death, the film undeniably sparks with life and the sheer... More »
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Opening: Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN Impresses With Restraint and Slow-Burn Intensity

Steven Spielberg's latest historical epic, Lincoln, opens in the U.S. and Canada in limited release on Friday, November 9, then expands wide next week (November 16). The film is shimmering, obvious Oscar-bait, yes, but also well-earning of any such future... More »
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Review: THE OTHER DREAM TEAM Dribbles Out of Bounds

Presenting an unfiltered view of Lithuanian oppression under communist rule, the new historic sports documentary The Other Dream Team might just be the most condemning movie depiction of the Soviet regime since Red Dawn. If that sounds heavy, never fear, we're... More »
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Review: Decent Marx for HELLO I MUST BE GOING

Amy is a woman in trouble. And she doesn't seem to care. (Maybe that is the trouble?) Never mind that she's a quickly aging divorcee living depressively and reclusively in her wealthy parents Connecticut home (she can't even sleep in... More »
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TTTT: After the Boys of Summer Have Gone

A Look Back at the Summer Movie Season Back in 1984, a wayward Eagle and a Heartbreaker got together to create one of the most enduring and infectious tunes of that era, "The Boys of Summer." Don Henley (formerly of... More »
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Review: The Perks of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Emma Watson, appearing and sounding distinctly Pittsburgh-ian "damaged goods," yet as radiant and irresistible as ever, stands arms outstretched, head back, hair billowing in the 50 mile-per-hour night wind. She is moving, even as she is clearly moved, in that... More »
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Review: What Lola Wants, Lola Does Not Get in LOLA VERSUS

Take everything that's clichéd, dull and wrong-headed about American independent film, over boil it in a pot of tepid tap water, and you've got a pretty good bead on Lola Versus. But this food/film analogy wouldn't be complete without one... More »
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Review: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Drags Down Cinematic Property Values

Short on scares but big on contrivance, the many problems with the PG-13 horror movie The House at the End of the Street start with the title. The mysterious house that everyone in town is wigged out about is actually... More »
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Review: THE WORDS Is At A Loss

Films that dare to explore the nuanced art of writing - indeed, the mind of The Writer - are dicey endeavors, always. They become all the dicier when writer's block becomes a factor. In this case, it's not any... More »
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Review: DARK HORSE Gallops to Difficult Finish Line

Once again, toy collecting is the extension of social hopelessness in Todd Solondz latest film, DARK HORSE. But unlike, say, Steve Carell in THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, it's not an element intended to cause us to laugh at our... More »
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Review: TOTAL RECALL Recalls Totally

It took being foisted into a chair and fed particular stimuli to remember it, but my previous life came screaming back to me, crystal clear. I was a late-blooming sixteen year old, eyeball deep in a dating relationship that... More »
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TTTT: BFI Drops KANE in Bout of VERTIGO (Or: The New Greatest Films of All Time)

For film buffs, the biggest news out of London has nothing to do with the current Olympic Games, but rather the results of the latest poll by Sight & Sound magazine, the long running official publication of the British Film... More »
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Review: PINK RIBBONS, INC. - Un-understandable Scourge Goes Corporate!

The new incendiary documentary PINK RIBBONS, INC. puts itself out there as a vital exposé of the ubiquitous "breast cancer culture" that has emerged in the past decade or so. In the name of dealing with a horrific, disfiguring and... More »
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Review: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Prowls to the People

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD comes at you as something truly wild - wondrously fuzzy, but also matted and mangy. And not without teeth. It is a rough-hewn, jagged-edged full-on immersion into a culture and place so very "other"... More »
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TTTT Turns On the Magic through NATURAL SELECTION

Welcome to the summer heatwave. Here in mid-America, it's about 1000 degrees outside - and depending on one's cultural intake, it could be that hot indoors, as well. And that's just for the ladies: In bookstores, "50 Shades of... More »
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Review: A CAT IN PARIS (Une vie de chat) is Darkly Drawn Fun

With it's squiggly-line look and halfway rough aesthetic, this film may initially strike certain viewers as something that the cat dragged in, but it doesn't take a French art professor to see that the animated A CAT IN PARIS... More »
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Review: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER - Bloody But Toothless

Four Score and one hundred and seventy million dollars ago, our studio moguls brought forth on this pop culture a new movie, conceived in literature, and dedicated to the preposterousness that Abe Lincoln be re-created to kill. Kill vampires,... More »
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Review: ROCK OF AGES - We're Not Gonna Take It! (And Here's Why)

For those attuned to letting the narrow filter of mainstream rock radio define their nostalgia, ROCK OF AGES ought to serve as a headbanging blast from the past. Repurposing a flurry of hair-metal "classics" of twenty-plus years ago, ROCK... More »
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