Perri Nemiroff
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WRITTEN BY Perri Nemiroff


Twelve is a very poorly made movie, but it hurts so much more having come from fantastic source material. McDonell’s book is basically the perfect screenplay in itself. Schumacher assembled an impressive cast who all deliver good performances, the director just failed to put the pieces together properly.

Racing Dreams

Who knew there was more to NASCAR than a bunch of cars driving in circles? Okay, considering it’s one of the most-watched sports in the country, a lot of people, but for those with no interest it’s often difficult to understand the avid fan’s passion. NASCAR enthusiast or not, the documentary Racing Dreams is a universally touching and charming film with the power to capture the attention and heart of any viewer.


In real life you don’t want to hang out with someone who’s a drag, so why sit through an entire movie focused on a woman and her misery? It’s one thing to check out a drama in which the main character has an actual problem at hand, but in Helen, the titular character’s issue is confined to her head and not just because she’s suffering with a mental illness. The gravity of her situation is never relayed clearly making it impossible to sympathize with her situation. Helen never seems sympathetic, she seems unjustifiably sad and selfish.

Stonewall Uprising

In the wee hours of June 28th, 1969, it business was as usual at the Stonewall Inn. The Mafia-run gay bar operated as a free zone for homosexuals in need of a place of refuge where they could just be themselves, hang out and, most notably, dance with each other, an activity that was forbidden everywhere else.

Survival Of The Dead

George A. Romero had a firm grasp on the zombie genre back in the day, but now we live in a world overrun with the living dead. Is there still enough room in these parts for Romero’s Dead series? Of course, but his empire is clearly toppling over as zombie films with crisper dialogue, better effects and more compelling twists emerge. Survival of the Dead is a bit of a misstep, but still offers an experience in the vein of the previous installments, making it easy to embrace.

I Am Love

If you’re itching for a summer blockbuster packed with explosions, car chases and superheroes, look elsewhere because I Am Love is far from that. In fact, it’s far from anything that’s graced the theaters in quite a while. Writer-director Luca Guadagnino indulges the viewer with a grandiose family drama packed with rich scenery, stirring performances and comprehensive camerawork – if only the rest wasn’t so boring.


It was difficult to imagine where writer-director Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza would go with a second REC film. More bloodthirsty humans ripping the healthy apart? Yes, but of course, there has to be more to it and REC 2 has just that; something that expands on the original story providing some novelty while keeping the assets of the original in play.

Best Worst Movie

Every movie has its fans, even the worst of the worst. Troll 2 may have 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t stop scores of people throughout the world from dressing up like goblins, munching on green food and celebrating what most would describe as pure garbage. Troll 2 may have never made it to theaters, but thanks to a VHS release and stints on TV, the film actually ended up changing the lives of select viewers. Over two decades later, it’s time the cast and crew get a taste of their flop’s resurgence and finally embrace what was once a major disaster in their careers.

Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle

Everyone’s been addicted to a specific food at one time or another. Whether it’s something as simple as chewing gum or a more extravagant delicacy, if you like it and it’s available, you’re going to eat it. But what happens if you discover your deliciousness of choice comes with harmful side effects? I still consume Sweet’N Low packet after packet, so chances are, it won’t stop you. In The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, writer-director David Russo suggests something far more serious than an overdose of aspartame; the food at the center of his film has some truly fishy consequences.

Multiple Sarcasms

Nobody likes a selfish person, however if the pros outweigh the cons, we’re likely to put up with some egoism. The same can also be said for a film. There doesn’t have to be a happy ending, but if the piece has enough assets to balance out the resulting sorrow, it’s worthy of watching. Luckily, Multiple Sarcasms just makes the cut.


When I attended sleep away camp as a kid, a small section of the grounds were off limits, not because the staff said so, but because of a frightening legend known as Cropsey. Any area with a rundown facility became Cropsey territory and should there be a bright orange moon, watch out, because that's a Cropsey moon. The rumors of an evil man that roamed the night ran rampant, but deep down nobody really believed them to be true; the stories of Cropsey were more of a source of entertainment. The kids living on Staten Island may have had a similar myth, but as documentary filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio discovered, their boogeyman wasn't entirely mythical.

The Wild Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia

Anything related to Johnny Knoxville and the folks at Dickhouse Productions is going to be shocking to say the least. The boys of Jackass likely have a few screws loose up there, but what they do is an act in an effort to provide entertainment. The Whites are not an act.

Harry Brown

Nowadays the concept of vigilantism is commonly associated with the homemade superhero craze. It's easy to forget that an individual with a vengeance doesn't have to have a cheesy name or be plain old deranged, but Harry Brown is as sane and simple as they come. Further pushing him into the world of the raw and deeply passionate is that he’s played by Michael Caine. This guy is the quintessential grandpa. He's Batman's Alfred for Christ's sake! But not here. Here he's the most unsuspecting force to be reckoned with.

Paper Man

Why do people suffering from writer’s block resort to solitude? Haven’t they ever seen The Shining? Whether or not it seems like a bright idea at the start, eventually you’ll lose it and attack your loved ones. Okay, maybe not the latter, but peace and quiet can only take you so far. Paper Man is the offspring of Michele and Kieran Mulroney’s trouble putting pen to paper. Their choice to remove themselves from the corporate realm to focus on personal development was clearly a good one because it gave rise to Paper Man.

The Joneses

Creating a TV commercial for a new product is a tricky task. It’s one thing to just list the device’s assets, but when it comes to getting the consumer to trust the company enough to lay down the cash, there’s nothing better than a face-to-face pitch. But consumers are smart. They know the guy from Sony is going to say his camera is best and so is the guy from Canon regardless of the item’s true prowess. This all changes when the brand is removed from the equation entirely, hence, we have the ultimate sales team, a seemingly average family, The Jones.

The Perfect Game

You know what you’re getting into when you see a movie based on an ‘extraordinary true story.’ Working with moving source material seems like an advantage, but ultimately puts more pressure on the filmmakers. How do you evoke emotion and create suspense when moviegoers know the ending of the story? Clearly The Perfect Game writer, W. William Winokur, and director, William Dear, have the answer. Now that The Blind Side effect has worn off, it’s time to check out The Perfect Game.


It’s fun to see robots blowing each other up, get a cheap scare from a horror movie or a good laugh out of a comedy, but no sensation can compare to that of a dissonant drama with the power to feel real. Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried provide Erin Cressida Wilson’s script with an intense breath of authenticity guaranteeing you feel the pain inflicted upon their characters by the plot’s extreme circumstances. Making Chloe even more potent, those conditions are especially unnerving.


Dancy combines a stellar performance with his natural appeal to create a complex yet very likeable character. The condition makes social interaction extremely difficult for Adam and reduces his range of interests to a handful of obsessions. Additionally, he is incapable of reading and understanding other’s emotions. Rather than letting Asperger’s syndrome consume the character, Dancy makes Adam such a strong individual that the disorder fades into the background. It’s always there but never overwhelmingly so.


There’s something immensely enjoyable about trying to put yourself in the place of a horror movie character and imagining how you’d fair in their situation. What’s the best part of this fantasy scenario? It’s fake. But Frozen makes it feel so real that it’ll keep you from hitting the slopes anytime soon.

Harlan - In The Shadow of Jew Süss

Many are well aware of Veit Harlan and the incredible effect films like Jew Süss had on the Third Reich. The infamous German propagandist's films were mandatory viewing for S.S. troops during World War II, and even today much of his work is banned throughout the world. Harlan is long gone but he’s left behind far more than his notorious reputation; a vast bloodline remains. It’s one thing to point a finger at an evil historical figure, but the situation becomes relatable when examined by his relatives in Harlan: In The Shadow of Jew Suss, an interesting but only partially satisfying documentary about the filmmaker’s legacy.

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