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Moonlight Review

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Mooning Over

Reviewed by Nicholas Vandeloecht

Here are the five steps to seeing Moonlight.

1)      Buy a ticket to go see Moonlight

2)      Go see Moonlight

3)      Walk out to your car in stunned silence.

4)      Try to convince yourself you are a person who does not feel feelings even though the movie in many ways examines the misguided nature of that mentality

5)      Hold your tears still, but feel like you are crying your feelings through your fingers into a Word document.

And that’s how you see Moonlight! Continue reading Moonlight Review

Top 10 Trailers of 2017


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By Nicholas Vandeloecht

You know what’s rare? Seeing a movie without seeing the trailer first. Certainly, going into a great movie blind is the best feeling, because then everything’s a surprise, and Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road and Spotlight all were those kinds of surprises for me personally last year. But then it’s also a crapshoot. You have no idea if the movie you’re going to see will match your interests or be the kind of thing you like. Granted, you can see a trailer for a movie, too, and end up with the same result. But hey! Still fun to see a little bit of the future movies now, and trailers themselves can be thrilling to watch. They’re two-to-three minute visually-stunning bundles of joy that you can quickly check out on YouTube, and it can be fun to see how they mix their scenes with songs that obviously are not going to be in the film.

We’re in an era now where contemporary music and minimal dialogue have become selling points, and in the top 10 listed below, those choices do well in selling their products. Should you be nervous about lack of dialogue or story explanation? Absolutely you should! But a trailer handled with care, even if the movie isn’t, is respectable enough to warrant a watch of the film.

That said, see below the top 10 best trailers and teasers that I’ve seen to come out so far for the 2017 calendar year.

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Podcast Time with Original Remake and Dan the Movie Man!

The internet is a wonderful thing, bringing people together to talk about thoughts and ideas. This week I join Peter from HLF podcast and Dan the Movie man to talk movies, effects, story, and more!

With Peter I discuss the two versions of The Jungle Book and which one is worth seeing!

Dan and I take on the craziness of Hardcore Henry and The Hateful Eight, talking violence, go-pros, and hardcore parkour. Continue reading Podcast Time with Original Remake and Dan the Movie Man!

The Jungle Book (2016) Review

           Welcome to the Jungle

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

Though it may not have been a “bare necessity” of a reboot, Disney’s The Jungle Book is back and looks better than ever. Adapting the plot from Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name, the story of the boy and his jungle is fantastically realized by expert direction from Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and excellent performances from an all-star cast that truly captures the mystery of the wild. Continue reading The Jungle Book (2016) Review

LiveLove Review

Expect Greatness

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

At one point in LiveLove, our two protagonists discuss how having expectations going into relationships is the biggest reason why they fail. Perhaps the same can be said about Indie film. Many times when we at RDR get a screening link from a new director we watch with simultaneous excitement and hesitation because we can’t wait to see a cool new idea but cringe at possibly seeing shoddy work from an untested cast and crew. Sometimes it works, others it doesn’t but I am happy to say with LiveLove it absolutely does. A clever script with excellent cinematography and performances makes for an exceptional experience and speaks volumes for the team behind its conception. Continue reading LiveLove Review