Pulp

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Impersonating a nun, finding impure uses for her body parts, seducing a man of the cloth – Jennifer Garner is filthy. And sweet. And in love. In Rodrigo Garcia‘s new short, she and Alfred Molina sap every ounce of humanity and drama from the wood of the confessional. It’s a film comprised almost solely of dialogue (with a pristine shot selection just for good measure). There’s a pulpy feel to it – a kind of polite insanity that still feels rooted even in its mythical (and undeniably romantic) setting. Both actors are in solid form here – proof that Garner can do more than what she’s been handed in the past, and although her sweetness is played upon, it never feels exploitative. What will it cost? Only 11 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films

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With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover all most half of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #39): “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” (airdate 10/14/60) The Plot: A two-bit criminal is giving something to chew on while he waits in broken sauna excuse for a lousy motel room. The Goods: If the previous episode was an example of some of the worst the series has to offer, this is certainly an example of the best. Instead of cliches and the expected lesson to prevail, this tale recruits Joe Mantell to play opposite himself in a shared monologue about the directions life takes you. Mantell plays Jackie Rhoades – a nervous man who’s not even a good example of a criminal. Unlike other criminal figures in the series like Rocky Valentine, Jackie is on the lower end of the spectrum both as a villain and as a human being. Full of excuses and flop sweat, Jackie is holed up in a crappy room awaiting his next job, but when gangster heavy George (William D. Gordon) tells him its time to graduate from petty robbery to murder, Jackie has the entire evening to drive himself crazy with the jail bars and a hard place he’s stuck between.

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The Rocketeer Movie

Our intention is to expand so-bad-it’s-good into the more irresponsible realm of so-bad-it’s-fattening by offering up movie-related junkfood to complete the film-watching experience. This month’s theme is lesser superhero films and today’s is a real treat: The Rocketeer!

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Expecting a quality film from Martin Scorsese is like expecting to get wet in the rain. It’s the anticipation of the inevitable with the director who has given us so many excellent cinematic experience, and you wouldn’t be foolish to expect quality here again with Shutter Island.

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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