ONDINE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 111 minutes

While the Irish writer-director will always be best remembered for “The Crying Game” and its penile plot twist, there’s infinitely more to Neil Jordan’s filmography than surprise shemales. Off hand, I can’t think of a filmmaker with a comparably varied resume…


Posted on June 30, 2010 by

DIGITAL CELLULOID – ISSUE 1: TWILIGHT TEAMS

Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, Digital Celluloid aims it’s cannon at the heart of the conflict in the “Twilight” franchise…



Posted on June 30, 2010 by

GOING BIONIC – DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – V.O.D. IS VERY V.I.P.

Going to V.O.D. too early may also disqualify your film from most film festivals and will definitely lessen its value for DVD, TV, and with distributors. So please be careful on how you strategize your film’s release because an ill-timed misstep can trigger an otherwise avoidable tragic situation…



Posted on June 29, 2010 by

COCKHAMMER

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 81 minutes

The plot involves a porn filmmaker, black magic rituals, demons, human sacrifice, stoners, sluts and some of the worst actors I’ve seen in a while…


Posted on June 29, 2010 by

BLANK GENERATION (DVD)

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

Sometimes, long-forgotten films are best left untouched in their well-deserved state of obscurity. A case in point is “Blank Generation,” which was shot in 1978, barely released in 1980 and all but ignored for three decades until this DVD release…


Posted on June 28, 2010 by

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

“A Family” and “Make Believe” take the top Narrative and Documentary Jury Awards, respectively, while “Four Lions” and “Thunder Soul” snag top Narrative and Documentary Audience Awards at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival…



Posted on June 27, 2010 by

CONTRARY WARRIOR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ADAM FORTUNATE EAGLE (DVD)

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 82 minutes

Those with a strong interest in American Indian culture will have to sit through a lot of monotony to extract nuggets of distinctive insight or compelling (if fleeting) anecdotes. For those with weak patience, however, the film is a crashing bore…


Posted on June 27, 2010 by

MISS NOBODY

1.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Screenwriter Doug Steinberg clearly spent a lot of time watching “Heathers” when writing this film. But while there are plenty of morally bankrupt corporate types in the film, there are no good people to balance it out. Sarah Jane is no Veronica Sawyer…


Posted on June 26, 2010 by

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

It’s a singular creative legacy and DiCillo’s film succeeds in placing the Doors in proper historical context. He flakes out though in giving equal weight to baloney about the whole “doors of perception” business and Morrison’s being “like an ancient shaman leading his followers into worlds they’d never dare enter alone.” As this movie makes painfully clear, the rocker ended up about as enlightened as the average L.A. barfly and the only time he broke on through to the other side was in a Paris bathtub…


Posted on June 25, 2010 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: GO ASK ALICE

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 gets stoned on a vintage anti-drug flick…



Posted on June 25, 2010 by

JOHN LASSETER CO-DIRECTING “CARS 2″?

This is only news when you consider that you’ve all been put on notice that the weakest of all Pixar films, “Cars,” is getting a sequel. I’d be more impressed with this information if Lasseter didn’t also direct the original film; in my book, Lasseter’s involvement is not a vote of confidence in the sequel…



Posted on June 24, 2010 by

EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 107 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Everyday Sunshine” pours in beams from the screen in what should be a fun experience for both Fishbone fans and non-fans…


Posted on June 24, 2010 by

THE PEDDLER

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! A loving valentine to the joy of filmmaking, an ad hoc director breathes life into Argentinean villages in this documentary. Daniel Burmeister is like a distant cousin of Ed Wood with the lovability of Santa Claus…


Posted on June 24, 2010 by

2010 FANTASTIC FEST OFFERS A GLIMPSE AT PROGRAM; COOL-LOOKING PRESS RELEASE

Austin, TX-based genre festival offers the smallest of glimpses at what could possibly be coming in the 2010 edition of Fantastic Fest. The press release mentions an early film lineup, but don’t get your hopes up. It is the tease-iest of teases…



Posted on June 24, 2010 by

SPACE TOURISTS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! In Christian Frei’s newest documentary, “Space Tourists” we are reintroduced to the excitement of space travel. Only this time he’s exploring the industry from the other side of the world, the side whose achievements we like to limit to Sputnik: The Soviet Union…


Posted on June 24, 2010 by

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