Eddie Pasa

Eddie is a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) and the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS). Since starting in 2010 at The Rogers Revue, Eddie has written for Reel Film News (now defunct), co-founded DC Filmdom, and writes occasionally for Gunaxin. When not reviewing movies, he's spending time with his wife and children, repeat-viewing favorites on 4k or Blu-Ray, working for rebranding agency Mekanic, or playing acoustic shows and DJing across the DC/MD/VA area. Special thanks go to Jenn Carlson, Moira and Ari Pasa, Viki Nova at City Dock Digital in Annapolis, Mike Parsons, Philip Van Der Vossen, and Dean Rogers.

Posts by Eddie Pasa

Cannibal

July 20, 2014 / 2 Comments
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Playing for one night only at the Angelika Film Center – Mosaic on Wednesday, July 23. Thinking about Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal (original Spanish title: Caníbal) gets me remembering something that Rob Gordon said in the novel High Fidelity: “You’ve got to kick off with a killer, to grab the attention. Then you’ve got to […]

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Me and You (Io e Te)

July 18, 2014 / 0 Comments
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Fourteen-year-old Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) and his ten-years-older half-sister, Olivia (Tea Falco) are hiding out in an apartment building’s basement storage area. Each has a personal reason: Lorenzo, not popular in his high school, is ditching out on a class ski trip, while Olivia shakes off a case of the DTs while she kicks heroin. […]

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A Coffee in Berlin

July 11, 2014 / 0 Comments
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Sometimes, all you want is a cup of coffee. However, with it sometimes comes baggage and, hell, life itself. That’s what Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling) is finding out in Jan-Ole Gerster’s thesis film, A Coffee in Berlin (original German title: Oh Boy). Niko’s life as a slacker has finally reached its tipping point, and over […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 11, 2014 / 0 Comments
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It is a red dawn. Strange things await us by the eaves of the forest. Good or evil, I do not know; but we are called. — Legolas, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers Strange things, indeed, await in the forest in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Well, if you want to call […]

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La Bare

July 3, 2014 / 0 Comments
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Welcome to the world of male strippers, says actor Joe Manganiello’s documentary La Bare. It’s not exactly as exorbitant or excessive as Magic Mike (in which Manganiello played a stripper called Big Dick Richie), a point which La Bare wastes no time in emphasizing. No sex, no drugs, no excessive partying – these fellas are […]

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

June 27, 2014 / 0 Comments
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The first two words that leap out of my brain when thinking about Transformers: Age of Extinction are “long” and “owwww.” At 2 hours and 45 minutes (with no post- or mid-credits sequences, so you can get out of the theater as soon as the credits start rolling), Transformers: Age of Extinction is, quite possibly, […]

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Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

June 20, 2014 / 1 Comment
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Addendum 6/21/14: It has come to my attention that this is the third and closing film of a trilogy, starting with L’Auberge Espagnole and Russian Dolls, both written and directed by Cédric Klapisch. This review is written from the point of view of someone who has seen neither of the preceding films; even with this […]

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The Signal (Review #2)

June 13, 2014 / 0 Comments
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I’m always fascinated by independent science-fiction cinema. Films like THX-1138, District 9, Primer, and now William Eubank’s The Signal take us to places that mainstream science-fiction films refuse to go, to the places where there are no fluffy Ewoks, laser pistols, converted DeLoreans, or Prime Directives. These films often say more about us as a […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

June 12, 2014 / 1 Comment
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Of late, the second installment of franchise films all seem to have a common thread: go darker. Get sad. Get mean. Go deeper. And cut deeper, too. It’s kind of obvious that today’s filmmakers are no doubt inspired by what is heralded as one of the greatest sequels ever, The Empire Strikes Back, the game-changing […]

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Documented

May 30, 2014 / 0 Comments
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As the son of two Filipino immigrants who came here legally in the ’60s, Documented hits me right in the gut. Trying to remain objective about this is a bit of a struggle for me, as I have internalized the sacrifices my parents and their families made for us to be here. Fellow Filipino-American Jose […]

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