Poster for “The Giver” (via Pictures & Photos from The Giver (2014) - IMDb)

Review Summary: “The Giver” is a dystopian science-fiction film that is well-done by Hollywood standards, yet it lacks the edginess that would make its story more attention-grabbing, more of a mystery/thriller than a drama.

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AMERICAN MARY (2012)

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"American Mary" is a 2012 horror film of the slasher sub-genre that was written and directed by the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia. Despite the “slasher” label (which conjures up fears of a bad script and low production value due to corners being cut), this movie combines a complicated story-line with deliciously twisted characters, a noir-ish Seattle setting, substantial acting performances, and quality direction, cinematography, and post-production work. The result is one of the better horror films of the past few years.

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The Soska sisters — image source: XLrator Media via USA TODAY

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Happy Birthday Robert De Niro (August 17, 1943)
"I’ve never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality."

An actor’s actor — no doubt about it.

Happy Birthday Robert De Niro (August 17, 1943)

"I’ve never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality."

An actor’s actor — no doubt about it.

(Source: vintagegal, via vintagegal)

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The Polish bros.’ “Declaration of Independent Filmmaking” - Frisco Kid’s book review #AmReading #indiefilm

Front Cover of DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING

Front Cover of DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING — image source: Goodreads

Although The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking (2005) has been available for almost ten years, its worth has not diminished over the course of that period. It is valuable as the story of how the Polish brothers (its authors, along with Jonathan Sheldon) started their careers as indie filmmakers. It is also useful…

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