FULL STOP HILLTOP

FULL STOP HILLTOP
4 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

The short “Full Stop Hilltop” does an excellent job of examining philosophical ideas within a narrative framework.


Posted on September 30, 2009 by

SHELL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Director Yelena Demikovsky attempts to a tell a story of innocence lost and the fleeting nature of youthful affection, but winds up getting bogged down in leaden dialogue and cheesy music.


Posted on September 30, 2009 by

RESONANCES

RESONANCES
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes

“Resonances” is a significant advance over Bahri’s earlier process-oriented films about fluids and fluidity. He has elevated his ideas to a new poetic level.


Posted on September 29, 2009 by

PIRATE RADIO USA

3 Stars
Year Released: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

This fast-paced documentary is ostensibly about outdated radio piracy, but by the end it spirals into a blunt indictment of several ways the American society and government are falling apart.


Posted on September 29, 2009 by

COAST TO COAST DIARIES

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

From the unmotivated camera work, to the middling acting, to the haphazard editing (not to mention the slapdash staging and the meandering plot), this effort is best left on the shelf.


Posted on September 29, 2009 by

SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IS BIGGER THAN EVER!

The San Diego Asian Film Festival has announced its tenth season which runs OCTOBER 15-29, 2009 at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center…



Posted on September 28, 2009 by

FAME

1 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 107 minutes

You can’t just take the name of a successful predecessor and expect the world to show up at your doorstep. In this case, it’s an unfortunate road to failure.


Posted on September 28, 2009 by

POLANKSKI ARRESTED BY THE SWISS

Today, Swiss spells “Judas” as the nation’s authorities arrest Polanski on his 31-year-old warrant.



Posted on September 27, 2009 by

TURN ME ON, DEAD MAN

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes

The filmmakers allegorize a theory about the popular “Paul is Dead” rumor: that it signaled the band’s death by hoaxing its member’s.


Posted on September 27, 2009 by

HADEWIJCH

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Bruno Dumont’s “Hadejwich” has a great lead performance, an admirable commitment to atmospheric consistency, and a final half-hour that’s pretty stupid.


Posted on September 26, 2009 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: ORSON WELLES’ PORTRAIT OF GINA (AKA VIVA ITALIA)

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil uncovers a long-lost Orson Welles curio.



Posted on September 25, 2009 by

EVERYONE ELSE (ALLE ANDEREN)

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 119 minutes

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! “Everyone Else” feels breezy, lived-in, and rich. It feels like life.


Posted on September 25, 2009 by

UNVERWUNDBAR (INVULNERABLE)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 25 minutes

Rather than being a coming of age epic, or even a full coming of age story, “Unverwundbar” is simply a coming of age vignette.


Posted on September 25, 2009 by

POLICE, ADJECTIVE

1 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 115 minutes

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! In the morning, I saw “Antichrist,” with its clitoris-clipping and testicle-smashing, and in the afternoon, I saw “Police, Adjective.” It’s no contest: “Police, Adjective” is much, much more difficult to sit through.


Posted on September 24, 2009 by

LEBANON

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! By the film’s end, the lens of the tank’s optical periscope is fractured and distorted, and POV shots through it have the effect of a long, unending nightmare. The whole film does, really.


Posted on September 24, 2009 by

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