“The Past is a Grotesque Animal- a Film About Of Montreal” An Endearing Glam Rock Odyssey

The Past is a Grotesque Animal

Evolving over time from a fairly pretentious Beatles inspired pop rock act to a theatrical mixed genre masterpiece, Of Montreal is one of the most prolific musical acts of the past twenty years. Since 1997 frontman Kevin Barnes and his menagerie of collaborators have produced an impressive discography of twelve studio albums as diverse as they are elaborate as well as a handful of EPs and compilations. Directed by Jason Miller, The Past is a Grotesque Animal – a Film About Of Montreal was well overdue but, like anything Of Montreal, perfectly timed. Their last few albums have been what many have come to know them by, and still you would be lucky to come across a song of theirs on your car radio. This is a wonderful opportunity to look into the mind of the enigmatic genius who wrote, produced and often played every instrument.

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Now Playing On The Silver Stream: Halloween 2014

Halloween Movies

Who doesn’t love a good Halloween Horror Marathon? One of my favorite activities in the fall is perching on the edge of the couch and finding new horror movies to watch. There is always some old exploitation film, and something that changes the rules of classic monsters, and every once in a while I want to know about the evolution of the genre. In the history of film, no genre has changed so dramatically and so constantly as horror. This season I will suggest three interesting films you may be missing on Netflix.

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Hilarity and Adventure Ensue With “Guardians of the Galaxy”

cast of Guardians of the Galaxy

Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Rocket voiced by Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Groot voiced by Vin Diesel

4star-2“So here we are: a thief, two thugs, an assassin and a maniac. But we’re not going to stand by as evil wipes out the galaxy. I guess we’re stuck together, partners.”

After two years of anticipation following San Diego Comic Con 2012 where Guardians of the Galaxy was announced, it is finally here. After a summer of lackluster blockbusters, this science fiction action farce is guaranteed to restore your faith in the season. Set in Marvel Studios’s newly carved movie universe there are definitely ties to the other films, most notably the appearance of Thanos and his terrifying alien army from The Avengers. Do not let the brand fool you though, Guardians of the Galaxy is not your standard comic book adaptation.
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Now Playing On The Silver Stream


We’ve all been there, aimlessly scrolling through heinously named genres trying to find the perfect movie to fill that moment. In the mood for comedy we scroll past obscure independents and unrecognizable titles from the 70’s and 80’s only to settle on that stand-up special you’ve seen a million times. Here at On The Screen Reviews we would like to extend a helping hand. Now Playing On The Silver Stream is an article series where we do that aimless scrolling for you. At least once a month we will bring you a smattering of streaming films you may just be missing out on. So without further ado, let’s take a look at three such films.

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Richard Ayoade Stakes His Claim With “The Double”

Jesse Eisenberg in The Double

Jesse Eisenberg in The Double

“I can see the type of man that I want to be versus the type of man I actually am… I’m like Pinocchio. I’m a wooden boy, not a real boy, and it kills me.”


In an interview with The Guardian about his newest film The Double, Richard Ayoade nervously muses “Darth Vader is within all of us, and I remember that every time I shower.” The director of a new take on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella The Double (the film takes the same title) Ayoade is known to anglophiles everywhere as the lovably and laughably naive nerd Maurice Moss from the British sitcom The IT Crowd. His quick wit and nervous humor serve him well in this adaptation which tackles the idea that we all, at times, wish we were something greater and sometimes that greater being is darker than we wish. An idea that is almost comically reflected in the difference between his comedic acting and much more serious directing.

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An Introduction

On the Screen Reviews

Greetings everyone,

After meeting Courtney through a mutual friend over the holiday weekend I was inspired to finally hit the keyboard and start writing reviews. In a move I’m hoping she won’t regret, Courtney has allowed me to share my reviews on what I consider to be a wonderfully formatted and already masterfully written blog. I look forward to this opportunity to voice my opinions on the current state of film to readers who are as diverse as you are articulate.

I was trying to come up with the best way to introduce myself and my tastes when I saw the Blogathon Questionnaire Courtney had filled out back in 2012. I believe it asks some fairly poignant questions and that this will be an interesting way for us to get to know each other. Comments are always welcome and with any luck I hope we forge a lasting relationship.




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