WAMEGO: MAKING MOVIES ANYWHERE

WAMEGO: MAKING MOVIES ANYWHERE

“Wamego” serves as an in-depth lesson on DIY filmmaking, as filmmaker Steve Balderson documents every step of the behind-the-scenes process of his feature film “Firecracker.” Sit back, enjoy yourself and learn something…



Posted on September 30, 2008 by

SLIPPERY SLOPE (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

A movie that looks this good, with good performances all around… it’s a shame they didn’t have better material to start with…


Posted on September 30, 2008 by

2008 SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

2008 SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

The Seventh Annual San Diego Film Festival has officially announced the winners after its September 25–28 four-day run which featured more than 75 film premieres…



Posted on September 29, 2008 by

IRON MAN: ULTIMATE 2-DISC EDITION (DVD)

IRON MAN: ULTIMATE 2-DISC EDITION (DVD)
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes

Over on disc two, we have an excellent array of materials, highlighted by the nearly two-hour making-of documentary “I Am Iron Man” and the nearly one-hour historical piece “The Invincible Iron Man”…


Posted on September 29, 2008 by

THE LODGE (DVD)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 83 minutes

If “The Lodge” is a sort of post-post feminist comment on the state of female characters in film, I must applaud its effort. If not, then it’s really just another nihilistic entry in the banal torture porn canon… but I guess that’s up to you to decide…


Posted on September 29, 2008 by

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

“Miracle at St. Anna” is a Spike Lee joint that possesses a European texture in the vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Jean Pierre-Jeunet. Imaginative, thought-provoking, and intense…


Posted on September 28, 2008 by

WIENER TAKES ALL: A DOGUMENTARY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 79 minutes

Is it just me, or are two puns in the title of a movie two too many? I’m just wondering…


Posted on September 28, 2008 by

COMMITTING POETRY IN TIMES OF WAR

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 111 minutes

The bulk of the film is devoted to tiresome and irritating poetry recitations…


Posted on September 27, 2008 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: HAMMERSMITH IS OUT

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can only be found on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil is assaulted by a true piece of crap…



Posted on September 26, 2008 by

AN A-Z GUIDE TO THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

With five-dozen countries providing the 332 films to be shown at four venues over the generous 16-day period, how can anyone choose what to see? To assist the process, here’s an A-Z guide of some promising titles…



Posted on September 26, 2008 by

EAGLE EYE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 118 minutes

In the end, the film isn’t a complete waste of your time, and it is a neat little walk down a Patriot Act assisted cyber-terrorist “what if…” scenario, but don’t expect anything brilliant…


Posted on September 26, 2008 by

THE FLAWED SQUAD: INTERVIEW WITH JOSE PADILHA

The enthusiastic, mile-a-minute voice of “Elite Squad” director Jose Padilha erupts from my telephone. The filmmaker is traveling in a car, somewhere in Rio…



Posted on September 25, 2008 by

PERFECT RED

PERFECT RED
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 13 minutes

Without Emile Haris’s clever script, “Perfect Red” would have likely let the cat out of the bag before the credits even rolled…


Posted on September 25, 2008 by

MISTER FOE (HALLAM FOE)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes

IN LIMITED RELEASE! Thanks to Bell’s natural presence, we believe in his character’s irony, and that his confidence could overreach his maturity…


Posted on September 25, 2008 by

2008 AFI FEST OPENS WITH “THE SOLOIST”

“The Soloist” will have its North American Premiere when it opens the 2008 AFI FEST on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at ArcLight Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome Theatre…



Posted on September 24, 2008 by

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