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    If the victim is choking on popcorn: stand behind the victim and wrap your arms around his waist. Place your fist with the thumb side against the victim's abdomen slightly above the navel and below the rib cage. Grasp your fist with your other hand and pull it into the victim's abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Repeat the movement several times if necessary.

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No Emotions, No Problems? Review of Equals (2016)

Filed under: — Brandon James on June 8th, 2016 05:06:08 am

Equals1In science fiction, the line separating a “utopian” existence from a “dystopian” one is often thin. A seemingly well-ordered world may hide dark secrets. The new 2016 film, Equals, is set in a futuristic society that seems perfect on the surface, but beneath the shiny high-rise buildings and perfume-ad aesthetics is a society that’s lost its humanity.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Filed under: — Helen on May 9th, 2016 02:05:12 pm

10 cloverfield laneDespite being loosely labelled a sequel to the successful 2008 Cloverfield which was shot in found footage format and portrayed an alien invasion, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a very different experience. It is not immediately apparent that it has any connection to the previous movie, except that the title also contains the word Cloverfield. This film has only three characters who are living in a bunker due to an unexplained apocalyptic type event having taken place. Instead of the tension being created by the attack unfolding before your eyes, the tense atmosphere here is created by the confined setting  and the uncertainty of what might be waiting outside.
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The Iceman (2012)

Filed under: — Helen on March 23rd, 2016 12:03:07 pm

the icemanThe Iceman is based on the true story of New Jersey contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) who murdered more than 100 men before he was finally arrested in 1986. As well as being a cold blooded killer, Kuklinski was a devoted husband and Father who kept his work a secret from his family. The film shows these contrasting sides of his life and how eventually as he loses control of his work / life balance, cracks starts to appear and the law slowly catches up with him.
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The Future of Energy (2014)

Filed under: — Brandon James on March 7th, 2016 07:03:45 pm


Laurels-PosterEnergy and industry are terms that are synonymous with the word “progress,” but dirty energy that contributes to climate change has increasingly become a target for proactive discussion and alternatives. Dirty air, pollution, greenhouse gasses and the effects of global warming on our environment are no longer acceptable in today’s society, although the majority of the world’s energy is still produced by fossil fuels. With The Future of Energy, we can see that there is much work to do to create new goals for renewable energy sources.

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Creed (2015)

Filed under: — Helen on January 22nd, 2016 05:01:48 pm

creed film posterLike the majority of movies in the Rocky franchise, Creed is a crowd pleaser. The basic premise of an underdog getting a chance at the big time and defying the odds is a winning formula and the inclusion of Rocky Balboa as a mentor is a good touch and gives the feel of the Rocky reins being handed over to new blood.
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Remember (2015)

Filed under: — Brandon James on January 14th, 2016 09:01:14 pm

remember1Atom Egoyan’s Remember features marvelous acting by many notable and significant people but the story itself is not always consistently plotted. Canadian born Christopher Plummer plays Zev, the elderly main character who isn’t able to forgive the death of his family by the hands of the Nazis many decades ago, but can’t help but forget as he slowly loses his memory to age. An elderly friend, Max, who suffered similarly when he was younger concocts a plan that he is too feeble to personally carry out. With Max’s guidance, the more physically able Zev leaves his comfortable life and family behind to go on a journey of revenge.

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Interstellar (2014)

Filed under: — Helen on January 8th, 2016 01:01:58 pm

interstellar film posterInterstellar is an ambitious movie that explores the possibilities of travelling through wormholes and different time dimensions to new planets. With such complex subject matter, it was always going to be a struggle making it accessible and understandable, and often Interstellar is let down by its storytelling. However, the visuals never fails to impress and the fabulous special effects may make you forgive the film’s narrative flaws. 
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Spectre (2015) – Satellite Selfies & Annoying Promos Aside, Spectre Works

Filed under: — Brandon James on December 21st, 2015 05:12:39 pm

spectreCurrently the second-highest-grossing film in the Bond franchise, Spectre has successfully revived the beloved action-packed entertainment of the Roger Moore era. The terrifically exciting, spectacular, adventure-endorsing spy series is one difficult to uphold through the decades – though the booming success of Skyfall (2012) has put Spectre in a difficult returning position, Sam Mendes returns yet again in an attempt to pick up the death-defying story right where he left off.

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Lobster (2015)

Filed under: — Helen on December 14th, 2015 05:12:07 pm

lobster film posterLobster is a social satire set in a dystopian future where single people are turned into an animal of their choice if they cannot find a suitable partner within 45 days. It comprises great performances from a talented cast and is a touching take on society’s obsession with coupledom and singledom.
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Room (2015)

Filed under: — Brandon James on November 21st, 2015 12:11:57 am

roomtinyTake a disturbing true life story, creatively spin elements of those events and write a best-selling novel, adapt that novel for the big screen, and you’ll hopefully get a movie as skillfully crafted as Room. The 2015 film has become a hit on the film festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. It manages to take a very unsettling subject, completely avoid the sensationalism attached to the true crime story from which it is derived, and give the audience a poignant look at what happens when people are forced to find the best within themselves after being dragged through the absolute worst. 

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