Interview: Emily Somers

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Reboot, a thriller about hackers under pressure, is making its way in the film festival circuit. I am fortunate to speak to the star, Emily Somers. Somers plays Stat, a hacker who’s literally stuck with a smartphone that is running a mysterious countdown timer. Reboot is an intriguing, technophilic race against time. The movie will be shown at Fantasia in Montreal and Def Con in Las Vegas. Continue reading “Interview: Emily Somers”

Dark Knight Rises Review

Bane vs. Batman

The Dark Knight Rises is an excellent conclusion to probably the best superhero movie saga in terms of quality. Rises is not a perfect movie and it’s not as fun as The Avengers but Rises still satisfies. Director Christopher Nolan made this movie is a final love letter to loyal Bat fans while remaining dramatically accessible.

Rises is about the nature of heroism. In the final chapter of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Bane executes a major plan to take over Gotham City (Pittsburgh with a coastline!). Bane, built like a classic pro wrestler, shows great cunning in his power grab. Meanwhile, catburglar Selina Kyle prefers, initially, to take whatever valuables she targets.

What about Bruce Wayne? He’s not the man he used to be after leaving the Batman identity behind eight years after Harvey Dent’s death. After meeting Selina, Bruce eventually gains the non-stop fighting spirit and gets into the suit again. Continue reading “Dark Knight Rises Review”

Interview: Ben Perkins

Roshawn interviews Ben Perkins, digital compositor for The Amazing Spider-Man. Perkins bring special effects to the screen.

First off, I would like to say thank you for doing this interview with me Ben. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day for this :)


Red-Headed Mule: What job did you have on The Amazing Spider-Man?

Ben Perkins: I was a compositor and stereo lead.

RHM. Nice. How was your time working on the movie?

BP: I enjoyed it. With that movie, there were pretty concerned with every pixel in every shot. They went through each shot with a fine tooth comb so we had to do a bunch of different versions for every shot, because they wanted to make it look perfect. Continue reading “Interview: Ben Perkins”

Holy Rollers (2011) Movie Review

Playing at the table

Subtitle: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. Directed by Bryan Storkel.

Holy Rollers posterI’m safely assuming that many Christians and non-Christians find any gambling unwise. For the former, it’s a soul-tainting sin. For the latter, gambling’s only fit for morons.

If you have an interest in the gambler’s lifestyle or Christianity then you should watch Holy Rollers. Rollers allows insight from several important team members. The conflicts of the players are explored and also we get to see the casino’s point of view. Members of the Church team varies in the love of the game of blackjack and balancing that with devotion to the Lord. I think the Church team members genuinely want to live a God-centered life. Whether they can do that in practice is where Rollers gets its drama. Continue reading “Holy Rollers (2011) Movie Review”

Interview: Movie Critic Adann-Kennn Alexxandar

The world of film criticism is filled with many interesting people, from Pauline Kael to Roger Ebert to Jay Sherman. What about the critics in the smaller cities and lesser markets? The following interview is one example of lesser-known, but no less interesting, interviewer. I asked critic Adann-Kennn Alexxandar from the Valdosta Daily Times questions about the movies and the local culture.

Adann-Kennn AlexxandarRed-Headed Mule: What’s the movie you’re looking forward to this summer?
Adann-Kennn Alexxandar: I rarely become truly eager to see a film until just a few days before a film debuts. I like to concentrate on this week’s film’s. However, this summer, a few have gotten my attention: The Dark Knight Rises, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Robot and Frank, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Amazing Spider-Man and Prometheus.

RHM: What do you think of the success of the Avengers?
AKA: Avengers is a well-done film, very entertaining. Comic books are the last of the unexplored realms by filmmakers. Recent technology has made this possible. Visual computed-generated effects and other modern technical aspects of filmmaking have made it possible to produce movies like the X-Men and the Avengers in a manner that match comics. Therefore, movies based on comics are the undiscovered realm for creative and new material. Continue reading “Interview: Movie Critic Adann-Kennn Alexxandar”

All In Movie Review

Jennifer Tilly
Tilly for Redhead of the Day? Nah.

There are three narratives in All In: The Poker Movie: poker being Americana, Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 World Series of Poker victory, and the effects of Black Friday, April 15, 2011, the end of three major online cardrooms’ access to the U.S. player pool. The documentary is somewhat persuasive in the first, has fair coverage of Moneymaker in the second, and doesn’t go far enough in the third.

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Avengers (2012) Movie Review

The Avengers movie logo
How much will THIS movie gross?

It’s a shame that Spider-Man is in Sony’s clutches. The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is a very fun movie. Avengers is a good action-adventure focusing on our heroes forming a united front to protect Earth. Marvel Studio’s bold spectacle is an upper-tier superhero movie. The 3D effects are decent but are not needed to experience this movie. Continue reading “Avengers (2012) Movie Review”