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Bane (ON DEMAND)

Bane (ON DEMAND)

IndiePix Price: $99.99

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starstarstarhalf a starBane Is Not So Much Pain

Oct 26th, 2011

First, let me state wholeheartedly and somewhat ironically that "Bane" is a preposterous film. I give it two strong stars because it did keep me entertained. On occasion I watch "blood-gore" horror/thriller flicks, but truthfully I am no fan of them. Four women wake up in a cell with no memory of who they are or of their past. They seem to be some sort of laboratory rats. We have the usual, the tough narrow-minded gal, the cry baby, the one who's just there for the hell of it, and the more stable, reasonable one. Their acting is bellow par. But who cares. All we want to see is four defensive good-looking chicks get their pretty bodies all cut up so we can here the screams. The scientist, a Dr. Murdoch, is fun to watch. He has a presence on the screen and you can't help but think that his deviousness has a logical purpose. In this lies the rub. The women are put through torturous ordeals but we or them are not given any reason why. The director slowly builds the tension. Does a good job at it too. He very cleverly uses the whole low-budget B-movie thing to his advantage. Some of my friends thought that the settings were cheap and poorly designed. I disagree. I thought it added to the style. At any rate, when the film finally unfolds in the last 15 minutes, our quest is alas fulfilled. Now we know why these women were there in the first place. Plainly, the reason is a silly one. So, where's the beef! There isn't any. If you set aside all logic and accept the conclusion, the film did its job. One last note: the music is by Ronnie Doyle. It's well composed.

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Fatima (ON DEMAND)

Fatima (ON DEMAND)

IndiePix Price: $3.99

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starstarstarhalf a starFatima by the River

Oct 25th, 2011

Fatima is a filmed written and directed by Ricardo Lobo. Its center character is an educated Iraqi woman who returns home to pursue her career and passion: taking care or nursing prekindergartan children. Her optimism soon fades though. Iraq is a different place now. There is death and destruction everyday in the streets. The Americans are there and so is Iraqi anger. I had a problem with this film. While Lobo does an excellent job of bringing us the everyday trials and tribulations of city life for Iraqis, I was left somewhat distant. Maybe it's because the acting is less than excellent or perhaps it was the choppy direction. Either way the story makes up for this. Fatima soon descends into despair and hopelessness. Her descision to escape her fate puts into motion a series of events that can only have one outcome: more death! But does it really have to be that way? I still give it three stars.

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starstarstarhalf a starYellow Boots

Oct 24th, 2011

A fascinationg look at morals, from a relativistic viewpoint. Ruth, about 21, is in search of her father. She lives in Bombay, speaks the language and knows the customs. Her mother is English and her father a Hindu. He mysteriously left after the suicide of her yonger sister, Emily. The film is well acted and the dialog crisp. The story unvails at a slow and interesting pace. You may not like what she finds at the end of her journey, and she'll be worse for it because of it, but it does provide closure. I give it 4 stars.

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