Posts tagged video commentary
MOVIE CLASSROOM: Atomic Blonde

There are not enough loud writing colors on the ShowMe app to give the splashy neon of Atomic Blonde the rub it deserves, but, hopefully, my words do the trick.  Come and bow at the altar of Charlize Theron, as I did for this review.  The film may not be anything special in the spy department, but the Monster Oscar winner deserves the fist-pumps for the toughness and guile she put on display.

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MEDIA APPEARANCE: Guest on Eman's Movie Reviews audio podcast for "Dunkirk"

If you're like me and friend-of-the-page Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, you might be feeling masterpiece-labeling pressure and Dunkirk review fatigue.  For Emmanuel, guest extraordinaire Harry Egbo, and I, the film didn't resonate with us emotionally, but we had plenty of superlatives to talk about mingling with the challenges and questions.  This is a SPOILER-FILLED audio discussion and the ethnic music in the background is all bonus gravy!

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MOVIE CLASSROOM: It Comes at Night

The new film from Trey Edward Shults needs to be scene to be believed.  There is hype and highmindedness beyond the horror film marketing of It Comes at Night.  That said, it will scratch many heads at the same time.  Here is my newest YouTube "Movie Classroom" video review using the ShowMe iPad app and iMovie.  Enjoy!

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MEDIA APPEARANCE: Reviewing "Baywatch" on Super News Live from Creators Media

I was invited to be a contributor on their weekly Super News Live program on Facebook.  The page has a whopping 474,000+ likes!  One of their new segments collects quick reviews and hot takes of current new film releases from site contributors like myself.  Check out your boy batting second in this video talking Baywatch.

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"

Five of the best film critics Chicago has to offer from the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle may have dodged the high frame rate experiment of Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," but they still caught the full film. Enjoy the mixed reactions from Leo Brady, Jon Espino, Clint Worthington, Don Shanahan, and Jim Alexander!

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Sully"

Three top-notch film critics of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle survived the miracle flight recreations and Clint Eastwood's soft touch of "Sully," starring Tom Hanks. Hear the mixed reactions after an advance screening from Jon Espino, Emmanuel Noisette, and myself!

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "The Light Between the Oceans"

Two founders and directors of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle felt the romantic power of "The Light Between Oceans" from director Derek Cianfrance and starring Oscar contenders Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.  Enjoy the first impressions of myself andJim Alexander of The Movie Blog and The Young Folks!

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Hands of Stone"

Three critics of Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, including your truly, answer the bell to share their punches and counter-punches on the Roberto Duran biopic "Hands of Stone." Enjoy the hot takes of Emmanuel Noisette, Jim Alexander, and myself!

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "War Dogs"

Three of the four founders and directors, including yours truly, of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle brandished their firearm-free first-takes and reviews of "War Dogs" starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, directed by Todd Phillips. Here's Pamela Powell, Jim Alexander, and myself with our first impressions!

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Suicide Squad"

Four comic fans and film critics of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle wrestle with the villainy and quality of the hotly anticipated "Suicide Squad" after a recent advance screening for the press. Enjoy the heroic work of myself, Emmanuel Noisette, Jon Espino, and Jim Alexander!

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Jason Bourne"

Three critics of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle wake themselves up from the collective boredom and talk about "Jason Bourne" after an advance screening. Enjoy the popcorn throwing of Pamela Powell, myself, and Emmanuel Noisette.

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "The BFG"

Four of the esteemed members of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle were lucky enough to catch a very early advance screening of "The BFG" from director Steven Spielberg. It did not go well. Here are their immediate post-movie reactions. Enjoy the hot takes from myself, El'Ahrai Stanek and John Robinson of "The Harvey and Bob Show," and Jim Alexander of "The Movie Blog."

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SPECIAL: CIFCC coverage of the Chicago premiere of "The American Side"

Fellow Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle director Jim Alexander and I were approached by the local film publicity and The Wilmette Theatre to cover the Chicago premiere of "The American Side," the second feature film from writer/director Jenna Ricker.  Its June 17, 2016 premiere featured a post-film Q&A session hosted by Oriana Oppice of Women in Film Chicago.  The guests were Ricker, her co-writer and star Greg Stuhr, and executive producer Mary Henry.

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VIDEO: Post-film reactions to "Captain America: Civil War" from the CIFCC

I am very proud to share the first official video of the newly-formed Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, of which I am a co-founder and co-director.  When I attended an advance screening of "Captain America: Civil War" on May 2, 2016 with my press credentials, I was able to participate in a group video of post-film reactions with a small gathering of a few of my fellow members and directors of the CIFCC.  

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