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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sean Kelly

Review: Black Panther

The new king of Wakanda has to protect his homeland from an outsider in Black Panther. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns homes to be crowned the new king of Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa, hidden from the rest of the world. Not long after the coronation ceremony, T'Challa receives reports that the South African arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) has surfaced and has stolen a Wakandan artifact and plans to sell it off.

As the Black Panther, T'Challa travels to South Korea to capture Klaue and ends up crossing paths with CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), who also plans on apprehending Klaue. T'Challa soon comes to realize that Klaue is working with black-ops officer Erik "Killmonger" Stevens (Michael B. Jordan), who turns out to be T'Challa's estranged cousin N'Jadaka, who was stranded in the US as a child. With Killmonger desiring to usurp and reveal Wakanda to the world, T'Challa has to do everything he can to protect his people.

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Sean Kelly

Review: Shiners

Various shoe-shiners are profiled in Shiners. All over the world, you will find people who make it their living to shine shoes. In New York, Don has been shining on the streets for fifteen years. In Toronto, Vincent shines shoes part time in a barbershop. In Sarajevo, Ramiz hopes to follow in the steps of his father. Despite a negative public perception of shoe shiners, these people talk about the pride they have shining shoes.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Night of the Hunter

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS

It didn't take long for me to get to this month's selection, which is Charles Laughton's 1955 film noir The Night of the Hunter. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a corrupt, self-described preacher in 1930s West Virginia, who has married and killed many widows for their money. While serving a month-long sentence for stealing an automobile, Powell overhears his soon-to-be-executed cellmate Ben Harper (Peter Graves) talk in his sleep about $10,000 he hid with his family. After his release from jail, Powell seeks out and courts Harper's widow Willa (Shelley Winters), in an effort to find the location of the money. However, the only ones that know the hiding place are Ben and Willa's children John (Billy Chapin) and Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce).

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Friday, February 02, 2018

Sean Kelly

Review: Call Me by Your Name

A teenage boy develops a relationship with his father's research assistant in Call Me by Your Name. Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is a 17 year old boy living with his archaeologist father (Michael Stuhlbarg) and mother (Amira Casar) in Northern Italy. In the summer of 1983, graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) comes to live with the family, as an assistant to Elio's father. While their relationship is initially somewhat distant, over the course of the summer, Elio begins to build a strong attraction towards Oliver.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sean Kelly

Blindspot 2018: Cult Films of the 1950s to 1970s: The Holy Mountain

I'm kicking off my 2018 edition of the Blindspot Series with Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 surrealist fantasy The Holy Mountain. A Christ-like thief (Horacio Salinas) finds his way to the home of The Alchemist (Alejandro Jodorowsky), a mysterious figure living in a tower. Along with seven other individuals, each representing a planet of the solar system, The Alchemist and The Thief make the journey towards The Holy Mountain.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sean Kelly

Listen to Me - BITS Radio, Episode 7

Wow! It's been just over three years, since I appeared on a podcast that I didn't produce. But low and behold, you can hear me on Episode 7 of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival's BITS Radio podcast, which was one of a number of episodes recorded live at last year's festival. I appear on the episode promoting my short film Itch and I am joined by my producer Dennis Hingsberg and star Sean C. Dwyer. Give it a listen.

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Sean Kelly

Review: The Final Year

Barack Obama's foreign policy team are followed during the administration's final year in office in The Final Year. During the Obama administration final 12 months in office, a documentary crew has unprecedented access as they follow Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes as they embark on their duties. With the cloud of Donald Trump looming, these White House aides hope that the work they accomplished wouldn't be for nothing.

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